Up to 820 flats will replace Forbury Retail Park in Reading under plans submitted by Abrdn.

The developer has submitted outline proposals for King’s Meadow View, a scheme of 12 blocks of up to 12 storeys each, which will include up to 5,500 sq m of commercial space, to replace the 9,000 sq m retail space, its car park and KFC drive-thru.

There will be 200 car parking spaces for the flats and 53 for the users of the commercial space along with 860 cycle spaces.

Planning consultant Montagu Evans states in the planning documents: “King’s Meadow View sits at a key junction between new commercial and residential developments and older listed buildings.

“The KMV OPA (outline planning application) will form a connection between the old and the new as well as providing links to the existing green spaces surrounding the site.

“The town itself has a rich and varied history, but the current retail park that occupies the site does little to enhance the character of the existing town centre.

“The aim of the KMV OPA is to invigorate the existing town centre in a manner that draws from the heritage and culture of the town and it’s residents.”

The team on the project also includes Squires & Partners on architecture, Stantec on transport and Macgregor Smith on landscape architecture.

The application can be seen at http://planning.reading.gov.uk/fastweb_PL/detail.asp?AltRef=230822

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