Hermes’ plans for 620 homes, along with office, retail and community space in Caversham Road, Reading, go before councillors on Wednesday, March 30 with a recommendation for approval.

The developer’s Reading Metropolitan scheme of blocks of up to 24 storeys is proposed for the 2.2-hectare former Royal Mail depot on the north side of Reading station.

In a report to Reading Borough Council’s planning applications committee, officers recommend approval for the outline application on the condition that a legal agreement is signed by April 27, although that date could be extended.

Homes, which range from studio flats to three-bedroom units, include 98 affordable properties (15.81 per cent).

The initial plans submitted in December 2018 have been updated several times including a reduction in the number of homes from the original 658.

If approved, the scheme would likely take around five years to complete with work carried out in three phases starting closest to the station entrance.

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