The Wokingham Borough Council (WBC) backed Gorse Ride regeneration programme has taken a further step forward. The demolition of the former Cockayne Court Care Home and surrounding properties is now well underway.
Present for the demolition were His Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor John Kaiser, Wokingham Housing (WHL) Chair, Councillor Alistair Auty, WBC Corporate Services Director, Graham Ebers, local ward member Simon Weeks, WBC Assistant Director for People, Places and Commissioning, Louise Strongitharm, WBC Senior Specialist for Estate Regeneration, Zareena Ahmed-Shere, and WBC Tenant Liaison and Improvement Panel Chair, Steve Bower.
Planning for the first phase of the Gorse Ride South regeneration was achieved in October of this year. Responsibility for the site has now transferred to Council owed development company WHL who will oversee the construction of the 46 new homes that upon completion will be available for purchase for existing home owners on the Gorse Ride estate as well as social rent and shared ownership sales.
Wokingham Borough Mayor, Councillor Kaiser said “It is never an easy decision to knock down houses to make way for new homes, but for Gorse Ride South, we believe, that this marks a truly positive change for the area. The former residents of Cockayne Court and the surrounding bungalows are now happily housed elsewhere in the Borough and this site will now be used for much needed affordable housing in the Borough.”
WHL Chair, Councillor Auty commented “WHL was established seven years ago with developments like this in mind. Our proven track record, including the regeneration of Phoenix Avenue in Wokingham, shows how WHL can take an older style estate and transform it into good quality housing with a mix of homes for local people. We are excited that this site is moving forward.”
The demolition phase for this development is expected to complete before Christmas. The construction of the site will start in 2019 once a design and build contract has been awarded to a suitably qualified and experienced contractor.