Negative comments frustrate developers

Thu 3 September 2009, 1:47 pm

Station Hill developer Sackville has criticised the 'negative' approach of architects' body CABE after the latest setback to the scheme.(Sourced from Reading Chronicle.)
Government design watchdog CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment), has urged the council to go back to the drawing board over both the station and Station Hill redevelopment.

It criticised both schemes, complaining they make 'mutually exclusive assumptions' and said: "We urge Reading Borough Council, therefore, to develop a spatial masterplan for the wider Reading station area."

But Sackville director Jon Homan said dozens of changes had been made to accommodate CABE's complaints about the original proposals and that both the Reading Central Area Action Plan and Station Hill South Planning Brief served as masterplans.

He said: "The area is crying out for regeneration and redevelopment. It would be very disappointing and a tragedy for Reading if this became a stumbling block."

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