Here is a brief round-up of some of the major property developments proposed for the area – some of these have links to planning applications or the developer’s website where feedback can be left. We expect to be updating this information as it becomes available.
Cox & Wyman site, Cardiff Road
The Printworks, being built by Bellway Homes with planning permission approved in May 2018. A development of 48 houses, mostly terraced, and 48 flats in two blocks. Site clearance started November 2019, groundworks team moved in during August 2020, build now in progress. The approved planning application is at www.planning.reading.gov.uk/fastweb_PL/detail.asp?AltRef=171814.
Update October 2021: demolition and site clearance were completed in July 2020. Foundations and show homes complete, terraces in Addison Road nearly finished, all other buildings now under construction. Our best estimate for completion is now early 2022.
Carters site, Swansea Road and Northfield Road
An application has been approved for terraced housing in Swansea Road and Northfield Road – initial impressions are that it seems reasonably in keeping. Demolition started in spring 2021. The application can be viewed at www.planning.reading.gov.uk/fastweb_PL/detail.asp?AltRef=191924
Update October 2021: site clearance appears complete, foundation work for the new development has started.
Drews site, 71-73 Caversham Road
Site acquired by S2 Properties. Demolition of main building and a development of around 44 flats proposed. Outline information at www.tvproperty.co.uk/news/drews-site-likely-to-have-around-44-flats. A planning application has been submitted – full details and plans at www.planning.reading.gov.uk/fastweb_PL/detail.asp?AltRef=191792.
Update May 2021: Local listing status was granted to the buildings in February 2020 after Bell Tower made an application. After representations to the planning committee meeting in October 2020, including a petition with over 1200 signatures, the application was unanimously refused on grounds of excessive height and loss of heritage. The developer appealed, and the hearing was on 24 March 2021. On 14 May it was announced that the appeal had been dismissed by the planning inspector. We await the developer’s next move.
Former SSE site, Vastern Road
Berkeley Homes proposing a development of around 200 units, incorporating a riverside café and path from Christchurch Bridge to Vastern Road. Details and feedback form at www.vasternroad.co.uk/ – a planning application has now been submitted at planning.reading.gov.uk/fastweb_PL/detail.asp?AltRef=200188. This was refused in May 2021 and we await the developer’s next move.
Update October 2021: the developer has appealed and a public inquiry will be held on 26 October 2021.
Former post office site, 80 Caversham Road
Hermes Properties have submitted an outline planning application for around 650 units, mainly flats, including a tower block rising to 25 storeys next to the northern station entrance. Article at www.tvproperty.co.uk/news/first-look-at-reading-metropolitan-scheme.
Update July 2020: amendments to planning application 182252 submitted to the council. The main changes are a reduction in height of the tallest building by 9 metres, more office space, less residential space and removal of social housing. Please make your views known at www.planning.reading.gov.uk/fastweb_PL/detail.asp?AltRef=182252.
Aldi/The Range site, Vastern Road
Owners Aviva are looking to redevelop this site for housing as and when leases run out on units in this retail park. Initial plans and feedback form at www.rssp.co.uk/. A planning application has now been submitted and comments are invited – this is at www.planning.reading.gov.uk/fastweb_PL/detail.asp?AltRef=200328