Town and Country Planning

HPP obtains planning permission for an 11 storey building on edge of town centre, Reading

13 November 2017 | Ridge News

On behalf of Ropemaker Properties Ltd, HPP are delighted to have obtained planning permission for the demolition of all existing buildings (including 3 retail units) and structures, and erection of new buildings ranging between lower ground& 4 storeys to lower ground & 11 storeys in height, providing 427 (233x1, 182x2 & 12x3-bed) residential units (Class C3) and 1 flexible ground floor retail shop (Class A1) or restaurant and cafe (Class A3) unit, together with new public realm, landscaping, accesses, parking and associated works.

HPP were responsible for the preparation, submission and monitoring of the application. Working closely with architects AWW, HPP organised and attended numerous pre-application meetings with Reading Borough Council and held a public exhibition which influenced the overall design. During the application process, amendments were made to the design to reflect advice from officers. No local objections were received to the proposal.

The site was heavily constrained due to the following;

  • Close proximity to a Grade 1 listed church
  • Air quality management area
  • Close proximity to a number of low rise residential properties
  • The subject site adjoined a dual carriageway

The proposal represented an opportunity to redevelop a brownfield site which had been a long held priority of the Council due to its poor quality yet sustainable location. The approved scheme embraced the principles of Secure by Design to ensure a safe development and to help to transform the site which has known anti-social behavioural problems. The approved scheme incorporated significant landscape improvements, with over 60% of the site to be landscaped, providing courtyards for residents and new public accesses.

Image: AWW

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