The new Cala flats are being built close to the Emm off Molly Millars Lane. The company has provided new one and two bedroom flats for sale, has sold a block of flats to a Housing Association and has produced some affordable homes as well. All the current phase are now sold, so there was not even a Show Home to see. During the visit I was taken onto the construction site for the next phase, which has reached roof level, and shown the landscaping measures taken surrounding the properties.I wish all the new homeowners and tenants in this development every happiness in their new homes, and thank the company and NHBC for spending time reviewing progress with me.
I was particularly interested in the issue of surface water handling. The company has replaced the old culvert that went through the site, and says it has now provided a larger area to store surplus water when we have heavy rains to avoid flooding near or into buildings. They were well aware of the need to make improvements to the Emm in a low lying area, and have done so. They were building in a location which had been built on before.
The site is close to the Town Centre shops, station and Tesco, and adjacent to Lidl. We discussed a range of issues concerning new building, from insulation standards and environmental requirements through the planning process and finance availability for new purchasers. Several buyers have used the government’s Help to Buy scheme, and shared ownership is also an option in some cases.
I explained that I am keen to see improvements to water handling on each new site in Wokingham, as we need to improve compared to the current situation as well as ensuring the system can handle the extra water run off new construction can cause.