Major lakeside residential scheme approved by planners

The final residential phase of a major mixed use development around a new railway station on the outskirts of Reading has been given the green light.

Planners at Reading Borough Council unanimously backed proposals for a series of seven lakeside residential buildings that will create 459 new apartments at Green Park Village, an associated gym and new retail units.

The latest application on behalf of developer St Edward Homes, part of the Berkeley Group, is the sixth phase of residential development at the scheme which will eventually provide homes for all aspects of the community with a full range of housing typologies from one bedroom apartments to detached family homes and an extra care home.

Planning for a new school is also due to be submitted in 2018 and the scheme also includes a community hall, market square and local shops and will be connected to Reading and beyond by the new Green Park railway station and a public transport interchange.

Director of Architecture James Cook, who is leading the project for Broadway Malyan, said the settlement’s transport links and its proximity to the Green Park Business Campus would help create a sustainable residential location with a mixed and vibrant community.

He said:

“Green Park Village is a highly successful and ambitious project to create a completely new high quality community in Reading with a lakeside setting and open green spaces at the heart of the design.

“For this final phase we have worked hard to create a series of elegant and slender lakeside buildings that offer a high quality environment for residents whilst providing views of the lakeside and the countryside beyond.

“The buildings are arranged in a crescent and step up from the lakeside to mark the location of the new train station and the Station Square. A two storey station pavilion building provides retail space and forms the gateway to Green Park Village.”

Director David Anderson, who leads Broadway Malyan’s Reading studio, added:

“This decision reflects the culmination of more than 10 years’ work taking a masterplan vision through concept and detailed architectural design to the realisation of the final phases of building a new community.

“Green Park Village is a modern and vibrant development that has evolved and responded to society’s changing needs and aspirations and the demographic shift brought about by Reading’s renaissance as the south-east’s most important satellite town.”