Councillors have approved Reading FC’s application for 140 homes at the club’s former training ground despite concerns over noise and smells from a nearby industrial estate.

The club, which has moved to a new training ground at Bearwood Park, wants to redevelop the Hogwood site with a mix of two, three and four bedroom homes. Fifty six of them will be affordable.

The decision was made at Wokingham Borough Council’s planning committee at its December 9 meeting.

Cllr Angus Ross questioned whether the scheme is premature as it is not in the Local Plan, but officers said as long as it is sustainable then prematurity is not a reason for refusal.

He also complained that during a site visit there was evidence of odour and noise from businesses, including a brewery, operating on the neighbouring Hogwood Industrial Estate.

Councillors approved the scheme with an additional condition that requires noise and odour assessments to be carried out.

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