Read 144 apartments called rabbit cages among the plans presented

Read 144 apartments called rabbit cages among the plans presented

Developers seeking to convert their offices into 144 apartments in Reading have presented a new plan to improve the appearance of the building.

Earlier this year, developers Tene Living received permission to convert Soane Point at 3-10 Market Place into 144 apartments.

The decision was criticized by Councilman Tony Page (Labour, Abby) who stated that the conversion provided “rabbit huts” rather than proper accommodation.

Now, Tene Living has applied to change the building’s facade and make major extensions to it.

Read more: The plan for 144 apartments in downtown Reading has been described as ‘rabbit huts’

Nearby, a plan to add a floor to 11-12 Market Place, the home of Stevensons clothing store, has been approved.

But elsewhere in Reading, the council dropped a plan to replace an abandoned shed with a one-bedroom house in the Oxford Road area.

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

Changed appearance to Soane Point (221446)

Reading facts: Soane Point in Market Place, downtown Reading.  It is to be converted into 144 apartments.  Credit: James Aldridge, Local Democracy Reporting ServiceSoane Point on Market Place, downtown Reading. It is to be converted into 144 apartments. Credit: James Aldridge, Local Democracy Reporting Service

Tene Living is offering to partially replace the existing facades, build two extensions, and alter the ground floor of Soane Point on Market Place.

Soane Point has Tesco Express, Puresmile and street level dental implants.

The plan appears to show a desire to replace the existing gray stonework with beige brickwork over Tesco and Georgian red brick over Puresmile.

Reading the facts: A plan for the front elevation of Soane Point in Market Place, Reading.  Credit TP BennetScheme of the front elevation of Soane Point at Market Place, Reading. Credit TP Bennet

The expansions outlined in the plan will add 38 apartments to Soane Point, comprising a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units.

In May this year, Tiny Living Received permission to convert its upper floors into 144 studio apartments After appealing to the State Planning Inspectorate.

Therefore, if the latest application is approved, the building can contain 182 apartments.

An additional floor to the approved city center building (220725)

Reading date: 11-12 Market Place in downtown Reading.  The developers want to convert offices into apartments.  Credit: Danks Badnell11-12 market in downtown Reading. The developers want to convert offices into apartments. Credit: Danks Badnell

Here, applicants International Mobility Ltd Got approval to add a new floor to 11-12 Market Placea four-story brick building that is Stevensons clothing store on the ground floor.

The new floor is zinc gray on the outside, adding two one-bedroom apartments to the building.

Each apartment has a toilet, shower, living space and kitchen facilities.

Reading Chronicle: floor plans for the additional one-bedroom apartments at 11-2 Market Place in Reading.  Credit: Danks BadnellFloor plans for the one-bedroom additional apartments at 11-2 Market Place in Reading. Credit: Danks Badnell

Planning officer Jonathan Markwell concluded that the plan was consistent with policy, with each of sufficient size.

An earlier version of the plan contained two bedrooms, but it was modified to become two beds in August.

Small New House Rejected (220936)

Read the Chronicle: 2 Gloucester Rd, West Reading.  Credit: Google Maps2 Gloucester Rd, West Reading. Credit: Google Maps

Sykes Capital’s plan to replace a shed at the back of 2 Gloucester Road in West Reading for a home has been rejected.

in August, Sykes Capital has submitted a plan to build a new one-bed house Complete with kitchen, living room and bathroom.

However, planning officer Connie Davis ruled that any new passenger would have limited access to sunlight and virtually no outdoor space.

She also argued that the new home would be visually dominant and would negatively impact the amenities at 4 Gloucester Road.


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