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Berkeley Avenue

5-9 Berkeley Avenue - Reading - Berkshire - RG1 6EL

Taylor Wimpey has been granted planning permission for a new residential development on land at Lok N Store, 5-9 Berkeley Avenue, Reading.

  • Land off Berkeley Avenue

    We have been granted planning permission by Reading Borough Council to create an exciting new residential development on our site at the former Lok N Store building, off Berkeley Avenue, looking out on to the River Kennet.

    Our development comprises 112 new homes with parking for residents and an extensive green area running down to the river.

    The development has been designed around two courtyards created by three parallel blocks and within these two courtyards are the main entrances to the building. The scheme strives to increase light and air into the building through the large areas of glazing facing the river.

    Emphasis has been placed on acoustics within the design of each apartment through the use of the latest technologies and the clever layout of the apartment blocks.

    Public consultation

    Further to extensive public consultation the development has been designed to minimise the impact on the towpath to our neighbours, hugely reducing the extent of the building by stepping the floors back at a far shallower angle than previously anticipated.

  • The development site

    Before we start designing a new scheme, we complete an assessment of the site and the surrounding area as they are at the moment. We record those features we will need to take into account in our design. All of the relevant considerations, whether they fix the way our scheme will have to be designed or give us a real opportunity to make the most of a particular feature,
    are shown below.

    Board 5 - Evaluation Layout

    The constraints and opportunities plan for our proposed development site. Click on the image to enlarge.


  • Our proposals

    • Redevelopment and regeneration of the existing commercial site
    • Provision of a 112 private dwellings
    • Enhancements to the relationship between existing development and the boundaries to the site with substantial new tree planting and landscaping. Sympathetic design of the new homes with a maximum of 8 storeys sloping away from Berkeley Avenue down towards the river.


     Elevations Planning 1

    The drawings show how the design of the development has changed since the previous planning application.

    Drainage and transport

    What is the current situation?

    The site is adjacent to the River Kennet. The existing site ground levels are approximately 1.5m to 2.0m above the River Kennet towpath.

    The surface water from the current Lok N Store site discharges to the River Kennet. The foul water discharges to the existing public sewer located in the embankment within the site, adjacent to the towpath.

    Flood Risk

    The site is located in Flood Zone 2, ‘medium probability’, where the annual probability of flooding from rivers is between 1 in 100 and 1 in 1,000 (1% - 0.1%). There have been no recorded incidences of flooding at the site.

    To manage the residual risk of a potential breach of the River Kennet, the development proposals will incorporate raised ground-floor levels and a safe dry access route is to be provided between the site and Berkeley Avenue to the north.

    A Flood Risk Assessment (FRA) and a drainage strategy were submitted to support the planning application and have been approved by the council.

    Surface Water Drainage

    The development will ensure surface water flows are managed on-site and the historical flows will be reduced through a combination of Sustainable Drainage System techniques (SUDS). When rainfall is at its highest, water will be stored temporarily on-site using controlled underground storage areas. It will then be released at a reduced rate over a longer period when rainfall is lower or has stopped.

    The surface water from the site will discharge at a restricted rate to the River Kennet.

    Foul Water Drainage

    The foul water from the development will discharge to the existing public foul water sewer located in the embankment adjacent to the towpath.


    Car and cycle parking provision will be provided in accordance with Reading Borough Council standards.

    The site has two vehicle points of access from Berkeley Avenue and Rose Kiln road off the A33 which will be controlled to allow access for residents’ vehicles only.

     Elevations Planning 2

    An illustration of how the new homes might look.


  • Local contributions

    As part of our proposals, we will be providing a number of contributions towards improving facilities, services and infrastructure in the local area for the benefit of new and existing residents.

    These contributions will include:

    • £200,000 contribution to the local council for recreational facilities
    • £164,000 contribution to the local council for transport improvements

  • Development timeline

    October 2015 or later – piling and excavation anticipated to start

    September 2015 – full demolition of the existing building due to commence

    August 2015 - soft strip demolition of the interior started

    April 2014 - Public consultation held

    2011 - Planning permission granted for previous application for 112 apartments