A derelict salvage yard could become six flats and a house, under new plans submitted to Reading Borough Council (RBC).

The site at 85 Pell Street, on the corner of Southampton Street, has been derelict for five years, with the last known use as Architectural Salvage Yard in 2016.

The existing site includes a single-storey brick out building from the early 20th century.

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If the plans from developer John Rivers are approved, the building will be demolished and replaced with a three-storey apartment block of six flats and a two-storey, two-bed house side-by-side.

There would be six one-bed flats and one two-bed house.

Planning consultants AAIMS Consulting say the building has fallen into a state of disrepair and the site has become overgrown with vegetation.

The development would be car-free due to it being so close to the town centre and in a high frequency bus route zone.

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However, the developer says it could provide one car parking space for the house if preferred but this would reduce the amount of outside space for tenants.

The plans have been submitted after pre-application discussions with RBC’s planning team, with changes made to the application following feedback from council officers.

In 2018, plans were approved for the building to be converted into a one-bed flat and for a new building with two one-bed apartments to be built, but the development did not go ahead.