Derelict Reading architectural salvage yard could become 'high-quality' apartments

A run-down derelict building in Reading could be demolished and turned into homes.

Plans have been submitted for a revamp of the Architectural Salvage Yard in Pell Street, which closed its shutters in 2016.

Developer John Rivers wants to knock the building down, with planning documents saying it has "fallen in a state of disrepair" and has become "overgrown with vegetation".

The building would be replaced with four one-bedroom flats suitable for one person, two one-bedroom flats suitable for two people and a two-bedroom house, suitable for four people.

The paperwork submitted with the plans calls the homes "high-quality self-contained apartments".

The developer says the site has been designed to meet the needs of its former occupier, which closed in 2016, and as a result "presents a very disjointed and alien architectural language".

What this means is that it does not fit in with the rest of the buildings in the area.

Plans were permitted for three new homes on the site in 2018, but nothing was ever built.

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