Plans to transform the town’s two major shopping centres including hundreds of flats, bowling and golf will be voted on next week.

Broad Street Mall want to build up to 422 homes and 1,500sqm of extra shopping space on top of the current building

Reading Borough Council’s (RBC) Planning Applications committee will vote on the proposal as well as major plans at The Oracle shopping centre.

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These include a potential new bowling alley, mini golf, a food hall and new shops to replace department store House of Fraser.

A report on both plans is now available on the council’s website, with officers in support of both developments.

RBC’s Planning Applications committee will vote on the plans on Wednesday, March 3.

Broad Street Mall

The Broad Street Mall application includes plans for built to rent accommodation made up of:

  • 148 flats in a 20-storey building above the mall (73x 1-bed, 71x 2-bed and 4x 3-bed)
  • 115 flats in an 18-storey building above the mall (64x 1-bed, 66x 2-bed and 4x 3-bed)
  • 98 flats in an 18-storey building at South Court entrance (48x 1-bed, 46x 2-bed and 4x 3-bed)
  • 42 flats in a five-storey building above the mall (16x 1-bed, 16x 2-bed and 10x 3-bed)

Various changes have been made to the proposal since it was first submitted in December 2018, including reducing the height of the tallest block by two storeys.

Broad Street Mall's owners have already obtained prior approval to demolish nightclub Eva’s and build a hotel.

House of Fraser redevelopment at The Oracle

Plans to transform the space currently used by House of Fraser at The Oracle include:

  • A food hall accessed from the riverside
  • ‘Assembly and leisure units’, with adventure golf and ten-pin bowling planned to take up the spaces
  • Retail shops on the lower ground floor and upper ground level
  • A retail shop or restaurant on Bridge Street