Plans to turn Bracknell town centre in to a social and cultural heart for the borough have taken another step forward with the approval of planning permission for landscaping works at Station Green.
The planning permission, granted on 18 February 2016, is part of a wider £8m investment in public spaces across the Bracknell town centre as the Lexicon takes shape.
Work to clear some of the trees is already underway, with contractors Ringway beginning the project on 23 March 2016.
Located on a current area of scrubland, between Market Street and Station Road, the park is around 0.42 hectares (4,200sqm) – around the same size as a small football pitch, and will provide a picnic perfect spot offering a relaxing grassy area away from the hustle and bustle. The site will be transformed through three months of landscaping work. It will include new plant beds, trees, pathways, lighting and soft landscaping. The new town centre, when complete, will offer a variety of open spaces, designed to facilitate events and entertainment while also acting as central meeting points to bring visitors together.
This work is due to complement the £240m Lexicon scheme, which will see 60 new shops, family-friendly restaurants, a new 12-screen cinema, new apartments, a 1,300 space car park and public entertainment spaces created.
Councillor Marc Brunel-Walker, executive member for economic development and regeneration, said: "The development of Station Green will offer a welcome respite to both residents and visitors to the town, providing a green area to come and meet friends, have lunch or simply to relax. "The work to this area is another positive step forward for Bracknell's regeneration and will breathe new life into the town."