Councillors gave short shrift to plans for a new hotel in the car park of Reading’s Crowne Plaza. 

Reading Borough Council’s planning applications committee unanimously refused the application for a 132-room hotel close to the river Thames, proposed by RBH Hospitality Management at the committee’s December 11 meeting.

Cllr Tony Page, lead member for strategic environment, transport and planning, said there appeared to be a problem of quality in the modular design.

He added: “In other words, a bog standard cheap and cheerful hotel in an extremely sensitive location.”

Cllr Karen Rowland described it as a bunker while committee chair, Cllr Emmett McKenna, said he had seen better designed warehouses.

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