Reading could get a new town centre car park, after plans were submitted by Reading Borough Council (RBC).

The plans would see a vacant area of land off Abattoirs Road, next to the existing Cattle Market car park, converted into a new public facility.

RBC want to remove some of the existing buildings and build a 47-space car park with four disabled bays.

The application will be considered by the council’s Planning Applications committee in the near future.

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Reading’s town centre currently has 7,112 public car park spaces. The council’s interim parking policy states that there should be a maximum of 8,500 spaces in central Reading.

There are also 223 on-street pay and display spaces within the town centre.

A previous plan for the site in 2017 proposed a 72-space car park. It was given permission, but a section 106 agreement was never signed.

Plans to build a 200-space public car park in Kenavon Drive were refused in August 2018 amid fears of an increase in traffic.

Developers wanted to build a new long-stay car park on the outskirts of the town centre.

The council’s parking policy states at least 70 per cent of parking should be short-stay.