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The developer of the Woodley Arms on Waldeck Street has appealed to central government after Reading Borough Council refused permission to build a block of 40 student flats on the site. Local residents have until Friday 13 November 2015 to lodge comments.

The Woodley Arms has been closed since 2012 and in January this year site developers proposed the :

erection of a block of 40 studio student apartments including parking, amenity space and landscaping following demolition of existing public house.

Reading Borough Council refused permission in March, citing the bulk of the proposed new building as out of character with the area. The council also thought a planned amenity area would cause disturbance to residents and they objected to the failure of the developer to contribute adequately towards local infrastructure (known as “section 106” payments).

The developer has since appealed to the government planning inspectorate, who will take local opinion into account provided it is received by Friday 13 November. The planning inspectorate can be emailed at [email protected] , phoned on 0303 444 5000 or written to at :

The Planning Inspectorate
Temple Quay House
2 The Square
Temple Quay


The address of the site and its planning application must be quoted :

Application number : 150134
Address : The Woodley Arms Public House, Waldeck Street, Reading RG1 2RF.

Katesgrove local councillors Matt Rodda, Sophia James and Rose Williams have also expressed concern that the proposed development could cause traffic, litter and noise problems.

The council has been under fire in recent weeks over concerns about how “section 106” payments have been used.

  1. Planning application 150134
  2. Former Woodley Arms pub could become 40 student flats (Get Reading, 27 February 2015)
  3. Conservative councillors angry Section 106 money questions were not answered (Get Reading, 6 November 2015)


  1. Get Reading ( has reported that RBC has responded to “section 106” misspending allegations.

  2. The Planning Inspectorate has dismissed this appeal because of the effect of the proposed development on:
    i) the character and appearance of the area,
    ii) the living conditions of the prospective occupiers of the proposed two ground floor units adjacent to the outdoor amenity space.
    :Full details are available here :

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