Green light for 24-storey tower in Reading

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Councillors person approved plans for a 24-storey operation arsenic portion of a ample mixed-use strategy successful Reading municipality centre.

The borough council’s Planning Applications Committee granted consent for the large redevelopment of a erstwhile Royal Mail depot and Network Rail basal connected Caversham Road successful the Berkshire town.

Backed by concern money Hermes Property Unit Trust, the Reading Metropolitan strategy volition make a bid of buildings hosting 620 homes, arsenic good arsenic office, retail and assemblage space.

A readying exertion was initially submitted successful 2018, but this was taxable to respective amendments earlier receiving the greenish airy past week.

Caversham and District Residents’ Association said successful effect to a 2020 consultation connected the plans that the strategy represented “overdevelopment of the site”.

Bell Tower Community Association said the amended exertion went “nowhere adjacent acold enough” to code an earlier objection connected the grounds of scale, and a “failure to blend successful with the surrounding Victorian and Edwardian streets”.

But readying officers noted that the tract had been vacant for 4 years and concluded that immoderate conflicts with the section improvement program were outweighed by the benefits of the proposals.

Officers recommended support and councillors voted to assistance consent to the scheme.

Hermes said its task would make “high-quality caller homes” adjacent to Reading’s obstruction presumption and municipality centre.

“A large woody of effort has been enactment into creating an charismatic layout that minimises interaction connected adjacent properties, ensures sunny and harmless spaces wrong the site, and adds a visually charismatic constituent of involvement to the cardinal Reading skyline,” added the developer.

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