Plans to replace the former Drews the Ironmongers building in Reading with 44 flats go before councillors on October 7 with a recommendation for approval.

Plans for the five to seven storey building on the 0.16-hectare site at the corner of Caversham Road and Northfield Road will be considered at Reading Borough Council’s meeting of the planning applications committee. The plans were first unveiled by site owners S2 Estates last year. There will be five affordable homes and a flexible commercial unit on the ground floor.

A breakdown of the flats reveals 17 one-bedroom properties, 24 with two bedrooms and three with three bedrooms.

The former malthouse building is opposite the site of Hermes’ proposed 620-flat Reading Metropolitan scheme which sits alongside Aviva Investors’ plans for up to 950 at Reading Station Shopping Park.

Image shows the proposed scheme with Hermes’s proposed Reading Metropolitan scheme (shown faintly), to the left.

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