Berkshire

Reading's Bath Road Reservoir homes set for approval

Bath Road reservoir water tower
Image caption The Grade II listed water tower would be turned into six apartments under the proposals

Plans to create 78 homes on a disused reservoir site in Reading have been recommended for approval.

Thames Water initially wanted to build 96 homes at the Bath Road site but revised its plans after they were refused.

Council officers have recommended the new plans are approved, subject to developers contributing towards improving schools and transport.

Reading Borough Council planners are due to meet on Wednesday.

Under the plans Thames Water intends to build 72 homes, while a Grade II listed water tower would be turned into six apartments.

Recommendations being put to councillors on Wednesday include conditions to include 15 units of affordable housing and contributions of £207,000 towards transport infrastructure and £443,332 towards primary and secondary school provision.

The Save the Bath Road Reservoir Group had campaigned to get the plans reduced to nearer 50 homes, citing concerns about the density of the houses and loss of green space.

Campaigner Graham Griffiths said: "It's not surprise to us that the planning officers have accepted it. It's disappointing that they haven't got more concessions from Thames Water.

"This is an area that is deficient in open space. We think that more open space should have been included.

"Although it's considered a brownfield site, it's been an overgrown green space for years."

Thames Water said it would be inappropriate to comment until after Wednesday's meeting.

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