Old Garden Centre Planning Application Submitted

A planning application to build 40 new homes and 500sqm of business space on the old Wyevale Garden Centre site on the Reading Road has been submitted.

The proposed housing development includes a mixture of 1 bed (4) and 2 bed (8) apartments in three blocks of two-storeys and 2 (6), 3 (20) and 4 (2) bedroom houses with 40% (16 homes) being classed as affordable.

The application proposes to demolish the existing greenhouse and ancillary structures and replace these with dwellings arranged around a public open space and formal road layouts, which are sympathetic to the local area.

The site has been lying dormant since Wyvale closed in 2009 and was designated as a commercial use site in the Joint Henley and Harpsden Neighbourhood Plan.  Over the last 5 years the site has been marketed as a commercial site with active marketing through Savills over the last year.  Two reports have now been conducted (independent and one by SODC) which show the site isn’t financially viable as an exclusive commercial site.

A public exhibition showing the proposed development was held in November last year and saw 59.6% of consultees either strongly agree and agree that a mixed use development would be suitable for the redevelopment of the site.

Discussions have been taking place with Shiplake Motors about the possibility of them relocating to the commercial space on the development.

The transport documents in the application state that a new mini-roundabout will be installed at the entrance to the development, improvements to the footpaths and bridleways that connect to Lower Shiplake, traffic calming measures on the Reading Road and a new bus stop.

To read the full application click here 

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