Land east of Lodge Road, Hurst
Why Now & Why Here?
Following the withdrawal of the Grazeley Garden Town proposal, Wokingham Borough Council is having to identify additional sites for new housing development, beyond those identified in the draft Local Plan Update document published in January 2020.
We consider that Hurst is a suitable location for some additional housing development, given the current facilities within the village (primary school, post office, bus service, sports & recreation grounds), road links to Reading, Wokingham, Bracknell and Maidenhead, and reasonable proximity to railway services at Twyford Station (including Crossrail services in the not-too-distant future) and Winnersh Station.
Within Hurst, the existing areas of built development have given the village’s settlement outline a distinct backward ‘C’ shape, with the land east of Lodge Road forming part of an undeveloped gap in the middle, surrounded to the north, south and east by built development.
The following Ordnance Survey map, published in 1900, shows that at the beginning of the twentieth century, development in the village was focused along Broadwater Lane and Orchard Road, with very little development along either Lodge Road or Tape Lane:
By 1960, development had begun to spread along Sawpit Road and School Road, with some further development along Lodge Road and Tape Lane also:
Another sixty years on to the present day, the amount of built development has increased with the addition of new homes off Sawpit Road and School Road, and along the full length of Tape Lane on its eastern side: