Land north of Reade's Lane, Sonning Common
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Overview

Welcome to this community website supporting our proposals for land north of Reade's Lane, Sonning Common.

Following months of consultation with the local community, including individual meetings with the Neighbourhood Development Plan Working Party (NDPWP) and neighbours whose properties border the site. Linden Homes has now submitted a planning application to South Oxfordshire District Council for a development of 50 new homes.

A submission update newsletter was sent to approximately 1,000 local residents in January with information about the submitted proposals. Details of the scheme can be found in the 'Layout' section of this website and a copy of the information sent to local residents can be downloaded in the 'Events' section.

If you would like to get in touch you can do so via the submission form on the right or by calling our freephone information number below.

Phone Number: 0800 298 7040

Postcode: RG4 9

Location

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Layout

Proposed site plan

New recreational facilities

We know that the creation of recreational facilities for Sonning Common is an important aspiration for local stakeholders and residents alike. Should the application for new homes be approved, a major benefit of Linden’s proposals is that a majority of the application site (c. 4 hectares) will be transferred to Sonning Common Parish Council (or a designated body of their choosing) in order to be used for future recreational facilities, such as sports pitches, tennis courts and an indoor sports hall.

Residential area proposals at a glance:

  • A balanced range of 30 open market and 20 affordable homes, including 1 & 2 bed apartments and 2, 3, 4 & 5 bed houses;
  • Vehicular access from Reade’s Lane, with an emergency service and pedestrian access provided from Lambourne Road; and
  • Public open space for use by future and existing residents.

Key features of the scheme:

  • Notwithstanding the large area of land to be utilised for future recreational facilities, a significant portion of the site retained by Linden for residential development will be set aside as public open space;
  • A 7-10 metre ‘buffer strip’ is also provided on the northern and eastern edges of the residential site between the proposed homes and existing properties;
  • Planting has been incorporated within the ‘buffer strip’, with the amenity of existing residents in mind;
  • A comprehensive landscaping strategy has been developed to create a visually attractive scheme, with particular emphasis on ‘softening’ views from the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to the north west;
  • The layout has also been designed to consider views from the AONB, with detached properties on the western edge of the development ‘breaking up’ the development and improving these views;
  • Vehicular access to the development is provided from a single point off Reade’s Lane;
  • Pedestrian routes will be provided through the site, connecting Reade’s Lane to Lambourne Avenue; and
  • Internal roads have been designed to minimise vehicle speeds and create a safe environment for cyclists and pedestrians.

Events

Submission Update Newsletter

A copy of the submission update newsletter which was sent to approximately 1,000 addresses closest to the site can be viewed by clicking the link below.

Download Submission Update Newsletter

08/01/2016


Drawings

Some of the proposed designs for the new homes are shown below.

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The Team

Linden Homes is the country’s fifth largest housebuilder. We are the housebuilding division of Galliford Try, one of the UK’s leading construction companies.

Linden Homes Thames Valley’s office is based in Milton Park near Didcot and is one of 11 regional offices that operate right across England, from Cornwall to Northumberland.

With a reputation for bespoke and creative developments in prime locations, Linden Homes prides itself on its high quality of design. Linden Homes was named Best Sustainable Developer at the Housebuilder Awards 2014 and Housebuilder of the Year at the Ideal Home Blue Ribbon Awards 2014 and 2013.

Engaging with local communities is central to the work that we do. We understand that if we are to deliver houses that not only meet the aspirations of those who seek to live in them but also enhance the existing neighbourhood, then we need to talk to and engage with local people.

By seeking out local knowledge and listening to local opinion, we are able to build a fuller picture. We can identify the wider benefits that development can bring to the existing community.

Linden Homes is proud to be part of the Considerate Constructors’ scheme and works hard with local communities throughout the construction process.

More information about Linden Homes can be found here.

The Site

Project background

As you may be aware, land north of Reade’s Lane has been identified as a possible location for new homes in Sonning Common within the emerging Neighbourhood Development Plan. Linden has engaged with the Neighbourhood Development Plan Working Party (NDPWP) over the last 18 months and has sought to adhere to the objectives for the site outlined by the NDPWP members in the development of its own proposals.

While Linden has held discussions with the NDPWP and taken on-board feedback, it is important to clarify that Linden’s application is separate from the Neighbourhood Development Plan and is coming forward before the plan is finalised.

Benefits

The delivery of new homes on this site would provide a number of benefits to the wider community, including:

  • The provision of new homes on a site identified in the emerging Neighbourhood Development Plan, making an important contribution to SODC’s and Sonning Common’s housing stock;
  • Approximately four hectares of the southern portion of the site set aside for future recreational facilities;
  • Up to 75 new jobs created on-site during the construction phase, primarily with local contractors*
  • Opportunities for local people seeking apprenticeships in the building industry;
  • A package of S106 financial contributions to SODC to be invested in local infrastructure and service provision.

* Prof. Michael Ball, The Labour Needs of Extra Housing Output, Reading University (2011)

Next Steps

Following its programme of consultation activity with local residents and stakeholders, Linden Homes has now submitted proposals to SODC.

There is now a further opportunity for you to provide comments to the Council during the statutory consultation period. The planning application can be viewed here.

Application Reference: P15/S4119/FUL

Welcome to this community website supporting our proposals for land north of Reade's Lane, Sonning Common.

Following months of consultation with the local community, including individual meetings with the Neighbourhood Development Plan Working Party (NDPWP) and neighbours whose properties border the site. Linden Homes has now submitted a planning application to South Oxfordshire District Council for a development of 50 new homes.

A submission update newsletter was sent to approximately 1,000 local residents in January with information about the submitted proposals. Details of the scheme can be found in the 'Layout' section of this website and a copy of the information sent to local residents can be downloaded in the 'Events' section.

If you would like to get in touch you can do so via the submission form on the right or by calling our freephone information number below.

Phone Number: 0800 298 7040

Postcode: RG4 9

Go to Google Maps
Proposed site plan

New recreational facilities

We know that the creation of recreational facilities for Sonning Common is an important aspiration for local stakeholders and residents alike. Should the application for new homes be approved, a major benefit of Linden’s proposals is that a majority of the application site (c. 4 hectares) will be transferred to Sonning Common Parish Council (or a designated body of their choosing) in order to be used for future recreational facilities, such as sports pitches, tennis courts and an indoor sports hall.

Residential area proposals at a glance:

  • A balanced range of 30 open market and 20 affordable homes, including 1 & 2 bed apartments and 2, 3, 4 & 5 bed houses;
  • Vehicular access from Reade’s Lane, with an emergency service and pedestrian access provided from Lambourne Road; and
  • Public open space for use by future and existing residents.

Key features of the scheme:

  • Notwithstanding the large area of land to be utilised for future recreational facilities, a significant portion of the site retained by Linden for residential development will be set aside as public open space;
  • A 7-10 metre ‘buffer strip’ is also provided on the northern and eastern edges of the residential site between the proposed homes and existing properties;
  • Planting has been incorporated within the ‘buffer strip’, with the amenity of existing residents in mind;
  • A comprehensive landscaping strategy has been developed to create a visually attractive scheme, with particular emphasis on ‘softening’ views from the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to the north west;
  • The layout has also been designed to consider views from the AONB, with detached properties on the western edge of the development ‘breaking up’ the development and improving these views;
  • Vehicular access to the development is provided from a single point off Reade’s Lane;
  • Pedestrian routes will be provided through the site, connecting Reade’s Lane to Lambourne Avenue; and
  • Internal roads have been designed to minimise vehicle speeds and create a safe environment for cyclists and pedestrians.

Submission Update Newsletter

A copy of the submission update newsletter which was sent to approximately 1,000 addresses closest to the site can be viewed by clicking the link below.

Download Submission Update Newsletter

08/01/2016


Some of the proposed designs for the new homes are shown below.

Proposed house types
Proposed house types Proposed house types
Proposed house types Proposed house types
Proposed house types

Linden Homes is the country’s fifth largest housebuilder. We are the housebuilding division of Galliford Try, one of the UK’s leading construction companies.

Linden Homes Thames Valley’s office is based in Milton Park near Didcot and is one of 11 regional offices that operate right across England, from Cornwall to Northumberland.

With a reputation for bespoke and creative developments in prime locations, Linden Homes prides itself on its high quality of design. Linden Homes was named Best Sustainable Developer at the Housebuilder Awards 2014 and Housebuilder of the Year at the Ideal Home Blue Ribbon Awards 2014 and 2013.

Engaging with local communities is central to the work that we do. We understand that if we are to deliver houses that not only meet the aspirations of those who seek to live in them but also enhance the existing neighbourhood, then we need to talk to and engage with local people.

By seeking out local knowledge and listening to local opinion, we are able to build a fuller picture. We can identify the wider benefits that development can bring to the existing community.

Linden Homes is proud to be part of the Considerate Constructors’ scheme and works hard with local communities throughout the construction process.

More information about Linden Homes can be found here.

Project background

As you may be aware, land north of Reade’s Lane has been identified as a possible location for new homes in Sonning Common within the emerging Neighbourhood Development Plan. Linden has engaged with the Neighbourhood Development Plan Working Party (NDPWP) over the last 18 months and has sought to adhere to the objectives for the site outlined by the NDPWP members in the development of its own proposals.

While Linden has held discussions with the NDPWP and taken on-board feedback, it is important to clarify that Linden’s application is separate from the Neighbourhood Development Plan and is coming forward before the plan is finalised.

The delivery of new homes on this site would provide a number of benefits to the wider community, including:

  • The provision of new homes on a site identified in the emerging Neighbourhood Development Plan, making an important contribution to SODC’s and Sonning Common’s housing stock;
  • Approximately four hectares of the southern portion of the site set aside for future recreational facilities;
  • Up to 75 new jobs created on-site during the construction phase, primarily with local contractors*
  • Opportunities for local people seeking apprenticeships in the building industry;
  • A package of S106 financial contributions to SODC to be invested in local infrastructure and service provision.

* Prof. Michael Ball, The Labour Needs of Extra Housing Output, Reading University (2011)

Following its programme of consultation activity with local residents and stakeholders, Linden Homes has now submitted proposals to SODC.

There is now a further opportunity for you to provide comments to the Council during the statutory consultation period. The planning application can be viewed here.

Application Reference: P15/S4119/FUL