There will be a little more colour around our area in December as three local organisations have pooled their resources to turn the area into an Advent Calendar. New Hope Community Church, EP Collier Primary School and the Bell Tower Community Association have combined to exhibit art created by pupils at the school on the themes “Light in the Darkness and Hope in Times of Trouble”.
From 1 to 25 December the art will be displayed in windows around the community. The map to hunt down the daily pictures can be downloaded here. Hidden on the frames is the title of a well-known Christmas carol. The first to find all the letters and unscramble the words will win a prize.
If you are feeling creative and would like to join in the fun you can also take part. An exhibition of the school entries as well as other children’s and adults’ pictures is being planned at the beginning of January. Please send your entries to abi.ord@greyfriars .org.uk.
You can download the map here. Happy hunting!
The Phantom Brewing Co. in Meadow Road has made an application to extend its licensing hours. The application is to extend its hours for selling alcohol as follows:
Wednesday-Thursday: 1700 to 2200
Friday: 1500 to 0000 (midnight)
Saturday: 1300 to 0000 (midnight)
Sunday: 1300 to 2000.
We believe that the premises are generally popular and well-managed, but residents may be concerned, in particular, about the application for an extension to midnight and the possible additional late night noise in quiet streets. If you have any comments on the application please address them to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for representations is 3 August 2020.
Hermes, the company that owns the former post office site in Caversham Road next to the railway, has put in amended proposals for its outline planning application for redevelopment of the site. The tallest tower would be reduced by 9 metres and one storey, and there would be less residential accommodation and more office space.
The Bell Tower Community Association has always had serious concerns about the proposals for this site, and while a small decrease in height of the tallest tower is welcome (although we believe it is still too tall), in our view most of the updated proposals do not represent an improvement.
In particular we believe that the increase in office space will be unnecessary given the current trend of increased remote working, and the complete loss of affordable housing is to be deplored. It should also be borne in mind that planning permission is currently not needed to convert office space into residential units – so we can foresee conversion to low-quality accommodation with no contribution to local infrastructure when it is found that the office space is undesirable.
There will be a small increase in the number of 3-bedroom units, but one of the blocks will also lose communal outside space.
We are therefore going to be objecting to the proposals, and see little benefit to them. To view the amended plans and make comments please visit planning.reading.gov.uk/fastweb_PL/detail.asp?AltRef=182252. The deadline for comments is 30 July.
An outline planning application has been submitted for the retail park site containing Aldi, The Range and TGI Fridays.
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/. As well as a large number of flats, plans include a hotel, pub, offices and leisure faclities.
We are starting to look at the details and will provide more information when we have had more time to study the plans.
The planning application has now been submitted and comments are invited – this is at www.planning.reading.gov.uk/fastweb_PL/detail.asp?AltRef=200328