Housing development for Cox & Wyman site?
The owners of the former Cox & Wyman printing works have expressed an interest in developing the site for housing.
The site has been used as a warehouse by Kept Set Logistics, a company that stores film props and scenery, since 2015.
At a recent meeting with Abbey ward councillors Tony Page and Bet Tickner, representatives from the Bell Tower Community Association discussed proposals to date. It is believed that the site owner is proposing a development of around 90 dwellings, with terraced houses facing towards Addison and Cardiff Roads and some taller buildings further away near the corner of Milford and Meadow Roads. The main entrance is expected to be in Addison Road, perhaps where the old gates are currently situated.
Bell Tower broadly welcomes the extension of residential development westwards, and will be keen to press for a design in keeping with the Victorian character of the area and an accessible public space such as a park within the development. A residential development would make it easier to put permanent road closures in place to separate the area from the industrial estate, preventing rat running, which would probably increase when Cow Lane is widened.
Cllr Page pointed out that there would be some reluctance to lose too much commercial space in the area because of a shortage of small industrial units in Reading, but agreed that there would be a good case for a residential development on this site.
A planning application is expected later in 2017.