Reading Jacksons Corner, Foundry Quarter changes submitted

Officials at one of Reading town center’s largest apartment developments have asked to reduce the number of units it will have.

Buildings are currently under construction where Iceland and Wickes used to be, between Weldale Street and Chatham Street.

Now developers want to reduce the number of apartments built.

In the eastern half of downtown, at Jacksons Corner, a Thai restaurant asked to install ventilation before they opened.

Meanwhile, in Caversham, a landlord has asked to replace his current home with a new one.

You can each plan by typing the reference number in parentheses on the town hall’s urban planning site here.

Reduction of apartments for the huge Weldale Street development (220512)

The Foundry Quarter apartment blocks being built in Weldale Street in Reading town centre. Credit: James Aldridge, Local Democracy Information Service

Ropemaker Properties Ltd, which is currently building three large apartment buildings in Reading town centre, has applied to reduce the number of apartments in the development from 427 to 418.

Additionally, the application would involve changing the ground floor of the building called Block B from a restaurant or commercial unit to a common area with a gym.

Ropemaker successfully applied to reduce the apartments from 427 to 422 in December 2019 under clearance 191974.

The development is dubbed ‘The Foundry Quarter’ and involved the demolition of the Wickes and Iceland units.

When it was approved in November 2017, councilors criticized the Foundry District plan for its ‘uninspiring’ design and ‘dismal’ supply of affordable housing.

Thai restaurant prepares to open in Jackson’s Corner (220376)

Earlier this year, it was announced that Rosa’s Thai Cafe would be the first business to occupy Jackson’s Corner when it opened.

Rosa’s is a popular coffee shop that serves Thai dishes such as noodles and curries, as well as coffees, teas, wines and cocktails.

The company has several sites in London, Cardiff, Manchester and Liverpool.

In preparation for its opening in Reading, Rosa’s has requested the installation of new supply and exhaust air ducts in an external area of ​​the unit it will occupy.

Construction plan for a replacement house in Caversham (220441)

Reading Chronicle: Meadow View in Blagrave Lane, Caversham as it currently stands.  Credit: STL ArchitectureMeadow View in Blagrave Lane, Caversham as it currently stands. Credit: STL Architecture

Here the owners of the Meadow View house in Caversham in a four bedroom house.

The existing house is a three bedroom bungalow located in Blagrave Lane, a narrow lane to the west of the village.

The owners want to replace it with a new two-storey house with a roof.

Reading Chronicle: A CGI of the replacement house at Meadow View in Blagrave Lane, Caversham.  Credit STL ArchitectureA CGI of the replacement house at Meadow View in Blagrave Lane, Caversham. Credit STL Architecture

Each upstairs bedroom would have a double bed, with the master bedroom also having a walk-in wardrobe and en-suite, and a bedroom with an en-suite shower and toilet.

The new home would provide occupants with an open plan kitchen and living room, a children’s playroom and an office.

Two-unit house conversion in Whitley (220381)

Reading chronicle: 15 Highmead Close, Whitley.  Credit: Google Maps15 Highmead Close, Whitley. Credit: Google Maps

Mr D Hill, the owner of 15 Highmead Close in Whitley, applied to convert the house into two houses.

The house has already been extended, and now he wants to divide it to form a new house, which would be addressed at 15a Highmead Close.

The existing house has three bedrooms and a WC.

The new home would have two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs, and a downstairs toilet and open-plan living room.

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