Plans have been submitted to build 26 flats on derelict land in west Reading labelled a ‘local eyesore’ by developers.

Stonegate Homes want to build the homes as well as two ground floor commercial units at land behind the Curzon Club on 362 Oxford Road and near to the Tesco Extra.

The derelict land was part of the old Battle Hospital site and a health centre was supposed to be built on it as part of a 435-home development.

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Although the 435 residential units were built, the proposed health centre never came to fruition.

Stonegate say the neglected site “has led to an increase in crime and has been a local eyesore within the West Reading area for over a decade”.

Of the 26 apartments, there would be eight three-beds, 13 two-beds and five one-beds.

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Eight of the flats would be affordable homes, with a mix of rented and shared ownership, while there would be 22 parking spaces and two electric charging units.