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Thames Water submits new conversion plans for reservoir

Thames Water has submitted a new planning application for the residential development of its redundant Bath Road Reservoir site in Reading, after previous plans were rejected last year.

The new plans feature significantly fewer proposed residential units than the previous proposal — 80 homes are now proposed rather than 96 — and the maximum height of the development has been reduced from four storeys to three.

The reservoir brownfield site has been earmarked by the Reading borough council for redevelopment since 1996, but the council rejected Thames Water’s former proposal. Thames Water’s appeal against that decision prompted a public inquiry in November, but the plans were again dismissed.

Thames Water and local builder Bewley Homes will publish the details of the new plans in a public consultation on 24 September. “Most people now recognise that the issues that need to be resolved are about ‘how’ and not ‘if’ the site is developed,” said Thames Water head of property Marc Selby.

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