WITH Caversham Park up for sale, people have revealed what they want the site to be used for.

The mansion, which used to be home to the BBC in Reading, is a Grade II listed manor house located two miles from central Reading.

Following the news the site has been put on the market by the real estate consultancy, Lambert Smith Hampton, people took to social media to suggest what it could be used for.

The Victorian stately home sits within around 93 acres of gardens and parkland in the suburb of Caversham.

Dave Lamont, on Facebook, said: "Turn it into a country park/forest - helping both the community and the environment."

Similarly, Jono Bonewell suggested it be turned into a "heritage site and nature reserve/ country park" explaining that this would also respect the neighbouring cemetery.

Caversham ward councillor, Adele Barnett-Ward, also hopes the grounds can be kept open to the community as it's an "important part of our history".

She thinks it would be "wonderful" if members of the public could enjoy the "lovely green space" and added it would be "amazing" if the building could be opened up too.

Caversham Park has an extensive history and the present building, inspired by Italian palaces, was built in 1850 after a fire.

Furthermore, the BBC Monitoring Service and BBC Radio Berkshire occupied the premises from 1943 until 2018.

Karen Rowland lead councillor for Culture, Heritage and Recreation believes the site has "irrefutable" heritage and "historical value to people of Reading and Caversham".

Dennis Robertson, on Facebook, also appreciates the site's heritage.

He said: "Like the prison it should be a heritage site.

"The history of both buildings would show the work they both did and also show the varied history of Reading."

Previously, Caversham Park had been on the market but was withdrawn for unknown reasons.

Now, the land has been put up for sale again by the real estate consultancy, Lambert Smith Hampton.

For more information, visit Lambert Smith Hampton's website.