Giant Station Hill development could get 61 more homes

An extra 61 flats could be added to a major development in the town centre, which could eventually reach up to 1,200 homes.

Phase one of the Station Hill development was approved in 2019 and includes 538 apartments, offices, retail and leisure space and public space.

But Lincoln MGT has since submitted proposals to amend the outline planning permission for phase one of the development, asking for permission for an additional 61 apartments.

READ MORE: First phase of major Station Hill development approved

Reading Borough Council (RBC) officers have backed the plan, saying: “As with the 2019 scheme the considerable benefits of the revised proposals outweigh the less favourable aspects.

“The increased scale and changes to the balance of uses reflect a changing market and refinements that are a product of the ongoing design process.

“The Station Hill site occupies a key strategic location in the town centre. Its current dilapidated condition is clearly harmful to the vitality of the town centre and fails to make effective use of the site.”

Revised proposals for the long-awaited first phase of the Station Hill development in Reading have been submitted to the council and will be voted on at next week’s Planning Applications committee (Wednesday, March 3).

Station Hill designs

Station Hill designs

Lincoln MGT wants to build 599 new homes, as well as office, retail and leisure units, in two new buildings, in part one of the huge Station Hill development.

The developer wants to increase Plot E, to the west of Friars Walk, from 370 flats to 415 and increase the height by two storeys to 14 storeys.

Plot F, to the east of Friars Walk, would be increased from 168 to 184 apartments, and to 13 storeys.

A spokesperson for the Station Hill development said the additional homes and changes to ground floor uses will “ensure the scheme meets the changing market needs and is commercially viable and sustainable over the long-term”.

Five per cent of the 599 build-to-rent apartments will be at affordable housing rates, which equates to around 20 homes.

There will be 64 studio flats, 276 one-bed flats, 248 two-bed apartments and 11 three-bed flats, if the plans are approved.

This development is just one part of much larger development proposals, which, once complete, would include:

  • Office accommodation for approximately 8,000 employees
  • 100,000 sq ft of lifestyle-led space for retail, cafes and restaurants
  • A new pedestrian link and open space between the station and the town centre, “becoming a new district and destination for Reading”.

Plans for the second phase of the development have also been revealed.

READ MORE: Designs revealed for phase two of huge Station Hill plan including offices, homes and hotel

The second phase includes hundreds of homes, office space and a hotel.

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