Station ‘ill

SHIt’s finally happening. But what? The new planning application for Station Hill is in and the mix of new shops, flats and offices all sounds, well, a bit boring.

One bright spot in the last (of several) plans was for a new shopping arcade under the existing Garrard Street car park with believe it or not, room for independents.

However, with Harris Arcade struggling to fill units and developers Stanhope, strongly advised there would be little demand, it will be interesting to hear the explanation of the current scheme.

What is good though is that this means the new Thames Tower can also be considered now since both schemes are going to be discussed together. And with both having been subject to rigorous discussions with councillors it would be slightly absurd for them to fail at the planning stage.

But that’s not to say they won’t! At least it’s something to get excited about among the gloom of 2013.


About Alan Bunce

Freelance journalist Former Community Editor with the Reading Post. Former Business Editor with the Reading Chronicle.
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