This week’s planning roundup of the most interesting decisions in Reading includes the approval of three new houses in east Reading and withdrawn demolition plans in Tilehurst.

Three new houses in east Reading opposite pub

A site which used to be home to garages will become three houses, after plans were approved this week.

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Three two-bed terraced houses will be built at the empty site on Eldon Square, which is opposite The Weather Station pub.

House demolition and two-homes plan withdrawn after neighbour concerns

Plans to demolish a house and outbuildings in Tilehurst and build two houses in its place have been withdrawn after neighbours raised concerns about parking issues.

The homeowner wanted to demolish the detached house and outbuildings on Chapel Hill and build a pair of semi-detached houses.

But the application was withdrawn on November 19 after several Felton Way neighbours raised concerns.

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One neighbour outlined the issues, saying: “The unmade road serving 58-70 Chapel Hill, originally in place for the old cottages on this part of Chapel Hill and not intended as an access to multiple houses, is very narrow and already proving unsuitable for the current houses there.

“I feel another two houses would make the situation worse. Felton Way residents already face daily issues with the cars belonging to the owners of these houses, their parcel deliveries and their visitors, parking and waiting in Felton Way for easier access to the houses.

“This makes it difficult for residents of Felton Way to get in and out of their driveways or have visitors of their own.

“A double yellow line has been extended into Felton Way and this has not helped.

“The white metal fencing that extends part way down the road does help and, if extended, would discourage Chapel Hill visitors.

“I do not object to the plot being developed however I feel high consideration should be given to these issues already in existence.”

Five other neighbours agreed.

‘No claim to 292 Henley Road’ – Plans to build a four-bedroom house in Caversham withdrawn after complaints from neighbours

Plans to build a four-bed house in Caversham have been withdrawn after neighbours protests.

The plans were at 292 Henley Road but the owners of 292 Henley Road say the land, which is at the back of their property, is not 292 Henley Road.

They said: “We would like to point out that we have no claim over the land to the rear of our property which was separated from the title dead of 292 Henley road many years ago by the planning applicant when he owned 292 Henley Road and subsequently sold it, retaining title ownership of the land to the rear of 292 Henley Road.

“To this end the application submitted is incorrect when it references 292 Henley Road.

“Furthermore, we do not allow the landowner to gain access to his land through any part of our property.

“We were also not notified of this application and therefore believe the planning consultation process has not been followed correctly.”

They said the plans would affect their privacy and raised concerns about noise from the property, as it would be so close to them.

The owners of 292 Henley Road also the owner of the land to the back of their property cleared the trees and vegetation from the plot earlier this year “with the sole intention of removing obstacles to achieving planning permission” and said these actions “destroyed animal habitats” and reduced their privacy.

Other neighbours, who live on Maytree Walk, also complained, raising concerns about privacy and the impact on access.

Conversion of house in town centre into flats withdrawn

Plans to convert a four-bed house in the town centre into two flats were withdrawn this week.

The homeowner wanted to turn the house on Bedford Road into one-bed and a two-bed flat.

But the plans were withdrawn on November 19.