300 home Bulmershe campus development to go under microscope tonightBy Jon Nurse
October 03, 2012
Redevelopment of Woodley's Bulmershe campus is scheduled to go before the council's planning committee this evening (Wednesday).
Plans for almost 300 homes on the 17-hectare site could get the go ahead in the meeting at the council offices in Shute End at 7pm.
The proposal replaces empty academic buildings with homes and would convert six of the student halls into apartments.
Existing playing fields would be enhanced and there would be a new sports pavilion. Plans also include shops and a 60 to 80 bed care home.
Summarising the development in her report for the committee, council officer Jennifer Seaman said: "The proposed development will regenerate a part of Woodley in a comprehensive way including considerable investment in local sports and improve the wildlife and recreational amenity whilst retaining and enhancing landscape features and qualities of the site."
The officer notes however that new residential development is proposed for 10 per cent of the land designated as a site of urban landscape value.
The university submitted an application to build on its former campus in January and a decision on the plans was originally expected in May but negotiations have pushed the decision into the autumn.