Housing development in Reading

KnightingaleThe consultation on the New Local Plan for Reading earlier this year highlighted a high housing demand locally and the limited room there is to meet the need.  Therefore it is likely that planning applications that help meet this demand will be welcomed.  However, what will the impact on the environment be, and will the buildings include the latest technology on energy efficiency and deliver a good quality of life to its residents?

L&Q are proposing to develop the Kenavon Drive site, where Homebase and Toys R Us are currently located. They are inviting comments on their preliminary plans, which can be viewed on their website. They hope to submit a planning application later this year, so please have a look and comment on their proposals.

Also in the pipeline is a potential housing development on the land next to the Madesjski Stadium. Similar to the Kenavon Drive development, this is also on the edge of a water course - this time the Foudry Brook. The opportunity to comment isn't available yet, but it has featured in the local press as the Environment Agency has already commented on the proposal stating that there will be a negative impact on the brook.
Read GetReadings article for more information.  There is also a dedicated website for Royal Elm Park.

Already under construcution is the Green Park Villiage, which is on the floodplain of the River Kennet.  Berkeley Homes have however put in measures to redcuce the flood risk. This development comes with the promise of a train station next to the village and business park, which will give commuters and residents an alternative route to the A33, which suffers from congestion at peak times, and it doesn't look like the traffic is going to ease up anytime soon.

On Readings borders, where green space nutures a biodiverse population, local voices are speaking up;  Keep Tilehurst Green are currently fighting a proposal for development in West Reading and the Save Berkshires Nightingales petition, concerning development in Theale, has just been handed in.

However, green spaces in Reading aren't any less valuable to the populations, including human, that live in, and enjoy them.  Please do take a moment to comment on these schemes when the time comes, the continued pressure for development will no doubt continue to have an impact on the environment in the local area.

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