A bid to convert Soane Point offices in Reading to 144 flats using Permitted Development Rights (PDR) has been rejected over fears future residents could suffer noise and contamination risks.

Tene Living had applied, via Turley, to Reading Borough Council to convert the building in Market Place and proposed that it complies to PDR requirements.

But the council has now issued a response, turning down the plan. It says people there could experience noise from mechanical plant such as kitchen extraction units. And it states vapour from the existing basement and ground floor car park could affect the proposed communal area on the ground floor.

Last July Castleforge Partners applied to carry out a major refurbishment and extension of Soane Point to create 110,771 sq ft of flexible co-working, small office and start up space under its Clockwise brand. That application was withdrawn in January.

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