Councillors have been recommended to approve plans to turn five units on a retail park in Reading into a self-storage centre.

Reading Borough Council’s planning applications committee will decide on Wednesday, December 6 if Mayfair Capital TGF’s plans to convert units 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 of Brunel Retail Park in Rose Kiln Lane from use class E (flexible commercial) to B8 (storage/distribution) can go ahead.

It would mean all five units of retail totalling 4,175 sq m would be amalgamated into one 6,879 sq m unit of self-storage space which would include mezzanine floors. There will be a loss of 24 parking spaces.

All the units, including those formerly used by Brantano, B&M, Laura Ashley and Subway, are currently empty apart from Unit 11 which is occupied by Costa Coffee.

All the other units on the park are occupied by retailers.

Mayfair Capital still has an existing consent, awarded in the Summer of 2021, to replace the entire park with two industrial units.

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