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More than 700 homes approved in Reading

Words: Laura Edgar
Model of the Kenavon Drive / PRP

Reading Borough Council has granted planning consent for Kenavon Drive, a new residential quarter on the banks of the city’s River Kennet.

The project was designed by PRP for developer L&Q. PRP’s planning led the pre-application discussions with the council.

It will provide 765 homes for residents on a “range of incomes”. Homes will include loft-style penthouses, apartments, ground floor duplexes and townhouses. Of the homes, 157 have been designated as affordable for local people.

Plans also feature two new public squares, a linear park, a potential café, a restaurant, and retail and flexible employment space.

The development will be built on the former Huntley & Palmers Biscuit factory site, a Victorian building that almost fully demolished in 1978.

Craig Luttman, regional managing director (counties) at L&Q said: “We have worked tirelessly over the past year to propose a development of high-quality homes and beautifully landscaped public space for the whole community to enjoy.

“We aren’t just building homes; we are investing heavily in local infrastructure and creating a new destination with ample community facilities, employment opportunities and an ecologically enhanced riverside walk to improve biodiversity.”

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