The former Reading Golf Club was granted outline planning permission last year for a residential and public open space redevelopment on behalf of a previous landowner.
Vistry Thames Valley acquired the site with outline planning permission, and sought changes to the layout and housing mix, and approval of the ‘appearance’ reserved matter; so that the permission could be implemented, and work could start on site.
The applications were set against a background of local opposition, with over 4,000 objections to the outline application. Pegasus Group, Vistry Thames Valley, and the architects ECE committed to a strategy of significant engagement with local residents, councilors, and the council’s design review panel, for the amendments and reserved matters applications. The strategy was successful, and at planning committee, members paid credit to the level of engagement undertaken and the design of the new homes, and ultimately gave their approval.
Fiona Harrison from Vistry Thames Valley said:
‘We are delighted that Pegasus has supported us to drive this application to a successful conclusion. Esme and Craig worked hard to achieve the deadlines and overcome the obstacles, always acting in a professional and diligent manner. This was a controversial site but we are delighted with the outcome and the team have arrived at a consent that will provide an exemplary, flagship development for Vistry Homes.’
Craig Slack, Associate Planner email@example.com
Esme O’Meara, Planner Esme.Omeara@pegasusgroup.co.uk