An additional 36 flats could be added to an approved 77-home development in the town centre.

Plans for 77 homes at Dukesbridge House, by the River Kennet, were approved in September 2020.

Further plans have now been submitted to convert and extend the rest of the building into more homes, as well as a café, gym, and shops.

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The building, on Duke Street, includes former nightclub Po Nah Nah, which closed in 2008, and riverside offices on the basement, ground and four upper floors.

Developer Lipman Properties will replace the offices at Dukesbridge House with 77 flats, after the council approved the change of use application last year.

The developer now additionally wants to turn the disused nightclub area and other parts of the building into more homes by adding side extensions on both the east and west of the building and above the current building.

The extension would be:

• Part five, part six-storey extensions to the south east side of the building

• Part three, four and five-storey western corner extensions, following

demolition of the existing corner block

• Part two and part three-storey roof extensions above the existing building

There would be an extra 36 flats, made up of 23 one-bed flats, 11 two-bed flats and two three-bed flats, taking the total development to 113 flats.

And Lipman Properties also wants to create a new café, gym, and other retail units at the site.

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Lipman Properties says the site could be “something quite special” but is currently “a dumping ground with homeless occupants scattered around”.

They say the revised proposals “make effective use of a sustainable town centre site to provide an appropriate mixed-use development that will deliver substantial economic, environmental and social benefit”.