Reading Borough Council (RBC) are consulting on how the Hosier Street area in the town centre should be developed. Some tall buildings are under consideration which could change the view from Katesgrove’s Hill Street.
From the top of Hill Street you used to be able to see the Civic Centre, and then observe its demolition. Now the view focuses on Fountain House on Queens Walk.
RBC’s vision for the area states:
The Hosier Street/Broad Street Mall area will be a distinctive and high quality, high density, mixed use area within Reading’s central core. …
Development will contribute positively to conserving and enhancing the adjoining conservation area and to protecting and enhancing the listed St Mary’s Church and its setting…
There will be a mix of residential, office/commercial/retail and leisure/ community facilities, built to high densities that will include tall buildings, complemented by high quality open spaces that together will create a new destination and a desirable place to live and be at one’s leisure.
There will be a drop in event at the Hexagon on Wednesday 5th September 2018 between 3pm and 7pm when you will be able to ask council officers about the proposals.
Comments can be made via an online survey.
The consultation on the draft Hosier Street Area Development Framework will end on 28 September.