Cox & Wyman development plans revealed
The owners of the former Cox & Wyman printing works have expressed an interest in developing the site for housing, and the plans have been displayed to the community for the first time.
The ‘Printworks’ development proposal shows 96 dwellings, with 38 terraced houses facing towards Addison and Cardiff Roads, along with 10 taller town houses and a 4-storey block of 48 flats towards the corner of Milford and Meadow Roads. The main entrance is shown in Addison Road, where the old gates are currently situated.
Bell Tower broadly welcomes the development, with some suggestions for improvement including having the entrance in Meadow Road if possible, which would be more sensible if the Manrose site is also eventually to be redeveloped as housing. 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.
The initial plan for the site and a simulated aerial view are shown below. It is expected that a planning application will be submitted later in 2017.
A planning application has now been submitted and can be viewed online at planning.reading.gov.uk/fastweb_PL/detail.asp?AltRef=171814.