HERE’S our round-up of the most important planning applications decided in Reading this week. 

Remove ACM-cladding on social housing

Permission was given to remove ACM-cladding on Crossway Point, Norwood Road. The social housing block will have its cladding replaced with non-combustible cladding. 

Three other buildings in Reading also have the same cladding — the same as that on Grenfell tower. Two are having cladding currently removed. 

Knock down an empty building and replace with a huge hotel and office tower

Permission was given to knock down a six-storey empty retail and office building on 29 Station Road, and to replace it with a huge 22-storey tower. 

The new tower will include shops on the ground floor, a 135-bedroom hotel on the first to 16th floors, and offices on the 17th to 21st floors. 

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Change offices into flats

Permission was given to change the first, second and third storeys of a building on 1 Station Road/22 Friar Street into 12 flats. 

Dog grooming in garden

Permission was given for the existing use of a garden building for a dog grooming service. Up to six dogs a day are allowed. The service includes bathing and clipping. 

The address was on Midsummer Meadow, Caversham. 

New flats in Caversham

Permission was given for a new two-storey building on Abbotsmead Place in Caversham. The building will have two one-bed flats, space to park cars and bikes, and bin storage.