Planning application submitted for post office site

An outline planning application has been submitted for redevelopment of the former Royal Mail site in Caversham Road. ‘Reading Metropolitan’ will contain around 650 flats, along with community space and a possible health centre.

The tallest building will rise to 25 storeys and will be next to the north entrance to the station, where it will face a new station square. The building has the potential for retail units at ground floor level.

The flats will include studios as well as one, two and thee bedroom units and there will be some affordable units. In addition to the apartments there will also be a small number of town houses at ground level.

A community centre is planned towards the Caversham Road side of the scheme, and this may include a dental practice and GP surgery. There will be a number of basement parking spaces across the development.

Details and the opportunity to make comments can be found on the council’s planning website at


  • Alastair Blakey

    Thanks for posting this. I followed the link, and tried to leave feedback, but..

    It’s a Council Website, so obviously, it doesn’t work: “500 – Internal server error.” “There is a problem with the resource you are looking for, and it cannot be displayed.”

    I was trying to “object”, on the grounds that the on-line Council site does not give enough information, nor in any comprehensible format. Clearly, “objecting” is not something that the Council wants to hear about, so are disabling. It’s like living under Putin…

  • David Neale

    Thanks for letting us know, Alastair. We have successfully submitted comments to object to planning applications using that system in the past, so perhaps the site is currently having problems. It may be worth trying again, making sure you save the text that you were planning to put in the comment field separately in case you need to retry or default to objecting by post. We also have serious concerns about the development and will be sending in our objections. Kind regards, David, Bell Tower.

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