Revised plan for Wokingham town centre unveiled

Peach Place artist's impression Plans include a pedestrianised square with seating in Peach Place

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A revised plan for regenerating a Berkshire town centre has been unveiled after a previous plan was withdrawn owing to resident opposition.

Peach Place in Wokingham is to get new shop units, a pedestrianised square and new town houses.

The planning application will be submitted by Wokingham Borough Council in early December.

A new plan for redeveloping Elms Field, the main cause of previous opposition, will be submitted separately in 2015.

Buildings saved

Under the revised plan for Peach Place, buildings previously earmarked for demolition will be retained, such as The Redan pub and Marks & Spencer.

Residents can visit drop-in sessions between 21 and 29 November to view the plan, which ties in with 4,000 new homes needed in Wokingham by 2020.

A public consultation on Peach Place will follow the planning application submission.

In 2013, the council withdrew a £95m plan to redevelop both Peach Place and Elms Field park.

A Facebook group called Keep Elms Field Green led the opposition against building "on one of the last green spaces in the town".

On the new Elms Field proposals, regeneration and communities councillor Philip Mirfin said: "We are intending to increase the size of the park and retain more mature trees", adding that a Sainsbury's would no longer be part of the plan.

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