Following on from public consultation last year, L&Q have now formally submitted a planning application for delivery of 765 new homes, including affordable homes, on the existing Toys R Us and Homebase site in the heart of Reading (application number 170509).
The proposals outline how the scheme aims to reflect the heritage of the site as a former Huntley and Palmer biscuit factory, using materials which reflect brick detailing and shaping the scheme to form a striking new landmark development for Reading. The layout creates new landscaped avenues leading to the central public riverside square and walk with inside and outside space for dining.
A proportion of the development will be family houses and duplexes, creating a mixed and vibrant development and new employment opportunities through the retail, nursery and restaurant space.
L&Q are one of the UK’s leading housing associations that own and manage over 90,000 homes across London and the South East. We are committed to delivering new homes across a range of tenures including affordable housing, shared ownership, private rent and market sale. In addition to building new homes we are involved in large community regeneration projects, focussing on projects that increase employability provide positive futures for young people promote financial inclusion and strengthen communities.
Since the public consultation events in June and October 2016, the previously proposed 19 storey building at the entrance to the site has now been revised down to accord with Reading Borough Council’s Tall Buildings Policy and the area of lawn and number of trees throughout the development have been increased.
We would expect a decision to be made on the proposals during late Summer. If permission is granted, development would likely start on-site in 2018 and would take around 3-5 years to complete.