Station Hill plan a step nearer
Tue 9 February 2010, 9:41 am
The £400 million redevelopment of Station Hill looks set to go ahead after concerns over the buildings' design were resolved.
Sir John Madejski’s property company Sackville Developments Ltd was granted outline planning permission in September but issues were raised over the “design codes” of buildings overlooking Friar Street. (Sourced from Reading Post.)
But on Wednesday Reading Borough Council’s planning committee agreed they were now in line with the “architectural finish” of the other buildings in the futuristic development, which includes offices, shops, restaurants, a bowling alley and a public arts venue centred on a public square.
Councillor Tony Page said: “What we have here is much more accessible and more exciting than what we have seen previously. I hope this will be the catalyst for further development of the area once the economy starts to recover.
“Friar Street has often been described as the Cinderella street of Reading, but the projected redevelopment of Station Hill 2 knocking through to Friar Street will deliver a vast improvement.”
Councillor Kirsten Bayes called it a “positive addition” to Friar Street while Cllr Chris Maskell hailed it as a “bold statement”.
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