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Reading Borough Council Launches Meadway Consultation

Residents who live near or use the Meadway Precinct are being asked to help shape what their local shopping centre could look like in future years, as part of a local planning consultation.

Built in the 1960s, The Meadway Precinct on Honey End Lane has been in decline for a number of years now. Some parts of it are in a poor state of repair, around one in three shops is empty and the layout is badly designed, meaning it does not attract as many visitors as it could.

The owners of the precinct, Chillingham Ltd, have indicated to Reading Borough Council that they intend to redevelop the site and that they are exploring options.

With future investment at the Precinct imminent, the Council wants to pull together some key planning guidelines  known as a ‘Planning Brief’  which will help guide future development. The Council is asking local residents for their views so that they can be fed into the planning guidelines. These are intended to guide the owners as they develop their plans.

The Meadway Precinct serves a residential area including Honey End Lane, The Meadway, Cockney Hill and Usk Road, as well as areas such as Dee Park and Southcote. A leaflet, which contains a questionnaire, is being put through letter boxes in these areas and will also be given to local businesses which cover these areas. It can also be found online at http://www.reading.gov.uk/meadwaycentre.

People can return the freepost questionnaire included in the leaflet to LDF Planning Team, Civic Offices, Reading RG1 7AE or you can email comments to LDF@reading.gov.uk. The closing date for responses is 13th April 2012.

The current Meadway Precinct is based around a central courtyard with around 30 shop units, flats above the shops and car parking. It is also home to an Asda superstore, built in the late 1970’s, with its own dedicated parking area. Reading Borough Council also intends to approach Asda to see if they will join the other landowners to help radically improve the centre for local residents.

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February 27, 2012 - Posted by | Local

1 Comment »

  1. They’ll want to add a Tesco Express of course.

    Comment by Alan Green | February 27, 2012 | Reply


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