We don’t need any more student accommodation in Silver Street

The former HSS tool warehouse at 40 Silver Street

Katesgrove councillor Rose Williams was joined by other councillors in unanimously rejecting the development of the site at 40 Silver Street for 62 student studios when Reading Borough Council’s (RBC) planning applications committee met on Wednesday 7 February.

She said that she would love someone to do something with this site, but…

This isn’t good enough.

By making it two buildings… then to make a pit in the middle of a garden… with basements as well. I don’t know why they think students want to live in a windowless basement. The garden would be much too small to be classed as a an amenity.

We don’t need any more student accommodation in Silver Street.

[at 1:59:25]

The site has been derelict for some years since it had been occupied as a tool hire warehouse. In their report, RBC planning officers recommended that the application (172118) be rejected because:

  • the cramped layout and the dominating design would damage the character and appearance of the area,
  • the height, position and bulk of the proposed blocks would result in neighbours’ loss of privacy, loss of light, noise and disturbance,
  • a concentration of student accommodation in this area would detrimentally impact adjoining occupiers and would fail to provide a mixed and balanced community.

A proposal to redevelop 79 Silver Street (170685) for 56 student rooms was approved last year. Developers have now submitted a new application (180075) to increase the size of this development by five rooms. Councillor Rose Williams said that she had asked for the latter application to be discussed by the planning committee at a future date.

  1. RBC Planning applications committee 7 February 2018 papers & webcast
  2. Planning application 172118 – 40 Silver Street
  3. Planning applications 170685 and 180075 – 79 Silver Street