Reading developer progress on building 974 houses

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A Reading property developer is moving ahead with plans to build 974 homes in two housing estates in the city.

Berkeley Homes recently submitted details of their plans for two of their massive Reading projects.

One is for his 765-home Huntley Wharf development, which is currently under construction, and the other is for a 209-home project that will replace the SSE site at Vastern Road.

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Elsewhere, there are smaller new housing projects in Tilehurst and near the town centre.

You can view the plans by typing the reference in parentheses into the council planning portal.

Confirmation of building standards for shop, nursery school and cafe at Huntley Wharf (221111)

The site plan for the Huntley Wharf 765 home development. Credit: Berkeley Group

Berkeley Homes has applied for building standards certification for a store, nursery school and cafe contained within its massive 765-home Huntley Wharf development.

The project was approved in October 2018, one of the conditions being that the buildings meet the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) standard of “very good”.

In addition to the boutique, preschool, and cafe, Berkeley is also building a concierge, coworking studio, gym, and restaurant with views of the Kennet River.

Gas survey submitted for 209 homes on SSE site (221104)

Reading Chronicle: A CGI for the house plan 209 for Vastern Road, Reading.  Credit: Berkeley HomesA CGI for the house plan 209 for Vastern Road, Reading. Credit: Berkeley Homes

Berkeley Homes has submitted a gas survey for its proposed 209-home construction at the former Vastern Road SSE site.

The plan to build houses on the site was rejected by Reading Borough Council in April 2021, but allowed when Berkeley appealed for government planning inspection, which was determined earlier this year.

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Construction work on the project, which involves demolishing the SSE building and replacing it with seven new ones, has yet to begin.

Before construction began, Berkeley submitted a gas assessment conducted by Omnia’s consultants for board approval.

New house on garden in Tilehurst (220943)

Reading chronicle: 5 Stoneham Close to Tilehurst.  The owner wishes to build a new house to provide two new dwellings on a plot at the back.  Credit: Google Maps5 Stoneham Close in Tilehurst. The owner wishes to build a new house to provide two new dwellings on a plot at the back. Credit: Google Maps

Faris Sawar, owner of 5 Stoneham Close in Tilehurst, requested that a new house be built over the garden of the existing house.

The new build, called 5A Stoneham Close, would be similar in size to the existing house, with a two-bedroom apartment downstairs and a one-bedroom apartment upstairs.

Reading Chronicle: he proposed a section for 5A Stoneham Close in Tilehurst.  Credit: FDF Architecturehe proposed a section for 5A Stoneham Close at Tilehurst. Credit: FDF Architecture

The future occupant of the two-room apartment would enter via an exterior staircase.

An existing garage would be demolished to make way for the new construction, with future occupants benefiting from three parking spaces.

Transformation of offices into housing near the city center (221092)

Reading Chronicle: The interior plan of 6 Malthouse Lane in Reading.  Credit: ADS Real Estate ServicesThe interior plan of 6 Malthouse Lane in Reading. Credit: ADS Real Estate Services

Mr H Kang, owner of 6 Malthouse Lane, applied for the office block to be converted into a two-bedroom house.

ADS Property Services, planning agents for Mr Kang, wrote: “The offices are in good condition but now unletable in the current climate but would be very suitable for residential use in this bustling city for professionals working in the area.

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The ground floor would contain a living room, a separate kitchen and a shower toilet, the two bedrooms being upstairs.

No parking space is provided for in the plan.

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