Huge Reading landowner could add flats to TSB bank

Thackeray Estates, which owns many of the buildings in the town centre, wants to add apartments to the building occupied by TSB.

Elsewhere, a school has applied to keep a temporary classroom building on its field, and changes have been made to turn houses into homes of multiple occupation (HMOs).

You can view each application by typing the reference in brackets into the council’s planning portal.

Plan for six flats at town centre bank building (230330)

Reading Chronicle: A CGI of the roof extension for 200-202 Broad Street, Reading. Credit: Town Planning BureauA CGI of the roof extension for 200-202 Broad Street, Reading. Credit: Town Planning Bureau

Thackeray Estates, which owns the building occupied by TSB bank, has applied to add six flats to it in a roof extension.

The extension to the building, 200-202 Broad Street, would create one two-bed and five one-bed flats.

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The developer’s agents Town Planning Bureau have argued that Thackeray Estates have taken care to design the extension so the brick lettering for the neighbouring McIlroy building would still be able to be viewed.

An earlier plan to convert the first, second and third floors of the building to provide nine flats (reference 220970) was approved in November last year.

Retention of temporary classroom building at school (231494)

Thameside Primary School in Caversham has applied to keep a temporary double classroom building currently mounted on its playing field for teaching.

Approval for the single-storey classroom building was granted in 2014 on a temporary basis.

Now, the school wishes to retain the structure so it can be used to teach special education and disabled (SEND) pupils for at least five years.

Planning agents have argued the school is struggling with increasingly demanding cohorts of SEN pupils who need additional space separate to the mainstream classrooms.

Conversion of house into nine-bed HMO (231529)

The owner of a house in East Reading wants recognition from the council that it has been converted into a place for nine people to live.

The property, 395 London Road, currently has two bedrooms downstairs, four bedrooms on the first floor and three in the loft.

The rooms on the ground floor and loft each come with a shower toilet, with three of the bedrooms on the first floor making use of a separate toilet and bathroom.

There are shared kitchen and dining facilities on the ground floor. This application is retrospective, meaning the conversion has already taken place, with the owner seeking to get approval from the council for the works.

Conversion of house into six self-contained flats approved (221022)

The council’s planning department has approved the conversion of a house on a busy road from a mixture of HMO, studio flats and an office into six self-contained flats.

The building 99 London Road, which is at the junction of Fatherson Road, currently has four HMO rooms, two self-contained flats and an office on the ground floor.

After approval was granted on November 3, work can take place on making the HMO rooms into self-contained flats, which involves ground and first-floor rear extensions. The ground floor office will be retained.

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