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Executive to consider development principles for Coopers Hill

artists impression of coopers hill development

Our decision-making executive will consider indicative plans to transform Cooper’s Hill at its meeting next week. This is part of the next phase of Bracknell town centre’s ongoing phased redevelopment.

The site is currently not fit for purpose due to health and safety concerns around the building. It is due to be regenerated into a residential development of around 50 homes, subject to planning. 25% of these are due to be affordable properties.

The site is due to be carefully transformed to maintain a woodland feel. Woodland spaces and a communal play area would be created so that residents can experience the greenery of Bracknell Forest in a town centre location.

The executive will consider the plans at its meeting on Tuesday 10 November. It will also receive an update on important legal documents necessary to progress the work as part of the joint regeneration project between the council and Countryside.

The project, also known as a joint venture, will see new affordable homes, shops, leisure and health facilities created across 3 initial key sites:

  • Market Street
  • Jubilee Gardens
  • Coopers Hill

In total, the 3 sites are expected to contain:

  • up to 140 new affordable homes
  • 260 market homes
  • flexible commercial space

The new developments will complement The Lexicon, which formed the hugely successful first phases of the town’s regeneration.

Coopers Hill is due to be the first site to be regenerated. Public consultations and a detailed planning application are due to be submitted in early 2021.

Cllr Marc Brunel-Walker, Executive Member for Economic Development and Regeneration, said:

“The Executive is due to consider very early indicative plans for the regeneration of Coopers Hill next week. These are more like principles on what we want the site to include and how we want it to feel.

“This is an exciting step forward as Coopers Hill is due to be the first site within the joint project with Countryside to be redeveloped. It will complement The Lexicon and the borough’s much-loved forestry.

“However, it’s more than that as it will include affordable homes so that our community can live close to the town centre and all its wonderful amenities. The aim is to make town centre living available to families, first time buyers and older residents all with walking distance of The Lexicon.”

Community groups operating out of the Coopers Hill site have been contacted by the council. They have been offered support to find alternative locations, where appropriate. This includes the possibility of some groups using parts of Time Square.

The new youth centre at Braccan Walk is due to be completed by the end of 2020. Youth services will be relocated to the new building, which has been designed in consultation with the youth council and other young people.

Countryside was appointed as Bracknell Forest Council’s new development partner in summer 2020. For more information, visit the Countryside website or follow @CountrysideProp on Twitter.