Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Residents protest at building design

PLANS for a new sheltered housing block in Caversham would be overbearing and cause

PLANS for a new sheltered housing block in Caversham would be overbearing and cause traffic problems, say residents.

Members of Sympathetic Planning to Enhance Albert Road (Spear) held a demonstration at the weekend.

They floated a balloon to the height of the proposed four-storey building and exhibited plans to demonstrate its size and impact.

They said many passers-by had agreed that the building would be too big and would set an “unacceptable” precedent.

The group also said the current plans for 21 parking spaces for residents and staff were inadequate and the development would lead to more on-street parking and cause congestion. It said bus drivers already experienced problems with parked cars. Councillor Richard Davies, Reading Borough Council’s lead councillor for housing, attended the demonstration and spoke to residents. He agreed to meet them again in the next week to discuss their concerns.



Developer A2 Dominion, which is working with Reading Borough Council on the scheme, said: “The proposed development will create fit-for purpose apartments to modern housing standards providing much-improved accommodation.

“A key feature is the provision of generous communal facilities in the scheme which will provide excellent new services to both residents and the wider community.”

Consultation on the planning application closed on Monday.



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