New units approved in ‘congested’ Wokingham business park


Construction of new retail units at a business park in Wokingham is set to continue despite a series of objections.

The plan calls for the construction of three single storey units at Lambs Farm Business Park in Spencers Wood, totaling 340m² of additional employment space.

The claimant, JP Winkworth Ltd – a family-owned development company specializing in industrial, warehouse and office parks – established and managed the business park for over 20 years.

Located near Junction 11 of the M4 and in close proximity to Lambs Lane Primary School, the site is also approximately four kilometers from the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Burghfield, a nuclear weapons factory , and therefore within the framework of the new detailed contingency planning. Site area.

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This means that Lambs Farm’s required response to an “incident” at AWE is to take shelter within 25 minutes and stay indoors for 48 hours.

The business park currently has 29 units that are 100% occupied. They are currently leased to several different companies, including real estate companies, electrical contractors and communications services.

The new units will be located within the southeast side of the existing business park boundaries with an eave height of five metres.

However, the application had 17 objections filed against it, including from the parish council, residents and business owners who rent other units on the park.

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Swallowfield Parish Council opposed the plans, saying the site is ‘congested’ and already has ‘inadequate parking’.

He added: “Any additional units will increase the amount of traffic entering the site with the challenges this presents to keeping children and their families safe at school.”

The occupants of The Garage, a residential property on Back Lane, also believe the development will cause an “unsustainable increase in traffic”.

A Wokingham Borough Council planning officer wrote on their behalf: ‘No assessment of the impact of environmental pollution or increased traffic on nearby residents has been adequately addressed by the proposal .”

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Other objections to the proposals were raised on grounds of environmental damage, excessive noise levels and safety.

Resident Steph Meakin said: ‘To date I have been in contact with Environmental Health regarding the level of light and noise from being located opposite this business park. I find it hard to understand how [Mr Winkworth] does not consider our properties to be nearby.

Another resident, Anthony Young, claimed the site “is not in keeping with the general countryside look of the area” and that further development will “damage the valuable ecosystem”.

The current tenant of Unit G at Lambs Farm, David Spaneuro, said the development “will impede the loading and access of our vehicles”.

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Despite objections, development of the site can now begin.

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