Berkshire

Wokingham fruit farm bought for sports ground by council

Grays Farm in Heathlands Road in Wokingham
About 2,500 new homes are being built to the south of Wokingham between now and 2026

A fruit farm in Berkshire is to be turned into an outdoor sports facility, following a council decision.

Wokingham Borough Council voted unanimously to purchase the 64-acre Grays Farm in Heathlands Road which was put up for sale in May.

It is next to land earmarked for thousands of new homes. It is planned that developers would fund the purchase and development of sports pitches.

The farm will stay until 2017, run by the current owners.

About 2,500 new homes, two new primary schools, shops and community facilities are being created to the south of Wokingham between now and 2026.

Speaking before the vote, councillor Angus Ross, executive member for environment, said: "We have moved quickly to secure this land for the community.

"Grays Farm is a popular local business, but when it came on the market we knew straight away that it was a golden opportunity to get hold of the land we need for sports pitches."

The purchase is set to be ratified by Wokingham Borough Council's executive later.

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