PRELIMINARY designs for more than 100 new homes in Three Mile Cross have been unveiled.

Initial designs suggest the development would consists of 123 homes on the land west of Basingstoke Road and north of Spencers Wood.

Developers submitted a request to Wokingham Borough Council to ask whether or not an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) should be carried out before the plans are formally submitted.

It could also feature a range of terrace and semi-detached houses with gardens, as well as two public open spaces and a play area.

Mark Leedale, representing Chartered Town Planning Consultants, said: "The physical characteristics of the development proposal are reserved although it is illustrated there will be frontage development along Basingstoke Road and that this will follow the established pattern of housing in this location.

"Beyond this and to the west the development is proposed to allow for contemporary estate housing with a suitable mix to meet housing needs and relevant planning policy.

"This will include affordable housing provision.

"It is proposed to enable open space and play space around the areas where mature trees are located and this is shown on the indicative plan."

If the council approves the plans, some 300 new homes could be built in the same area, following the approval of more than 150 dwellings in Three Mile Cross in October last year.

Developers are hoping to retain most of the mature trees on the site, some of which are already subject to statutory protection.

They are also hoping to avoid any cul-de-sac arrangements to allow free movement of cars and pedestrians.

Mr Leedale continued: "There are housing developments immediately adjoining to the north and south with reserved matters planning approval having been granted for 175 dwellings to the north and east of this application site.

"The application site does not lie within a flood designation zone. The site is not within a conservation area and does not contain any listed buildings. 

"There is unlikely to be any individual or cumulative impacts which are complex or significant enough to warrant an EIA.

A public consultation started on September 1.