Plans to convert the Soane Point office building in Reading to 144 studio apartments can go ahead after an appeal was upheld.

Reading Borough Council had refused the Permitted Development proposal by Tene Living in May 2021 on the grounds that noise from mechanical plant at the Tesco store within the building would cause disturbance to the new residents.

Tene Living appealed the decision and new plant has since been installed. Planning inspector Rachael Pipkin, reported that, on her visit to the site, the new equipment was evident in the basement car park.

She suggested a new condition, requiring the removal of the old equipment. The appeal report stated: “I conclude that the proposed development would not harm the living conditions of future occupants, with particular regard to noise.”

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