The Woodley Arms

Property developer Lainston Woodley Arms LLP has appealed to the government’s planning inspectorate against the Reading Borough Council (RBC) decision to refuse planning permission to demolish the Woodley Arms and build student accommodation on the site.

Planning application 171893 was refused in January 2018 to the relief of local residents. The main grounds for refusal were:

The proposed buildings, by reason of their noticeably greater scale, bulk and massing compared to existing buildings either side and opposite, and their uncharacteristic layout, poor quality detailing and prominent position, would result in an overly dominant, alien and jarring feature within the street scene, with consequent unacceptable harm to the character and appearance of the area.

RBC has forwarded all objections to the planning application to the Planning Inspectorate and Lainston Woodley Arms LLP.

This is the third time that the developer has appealed against RBC decisions on their proposal to develop the site; both earlier appeals were dismissed by the inspector.

Representations on the appeal (APP/E0345/W/18/319952) can be made:

  • online
  • by email to [email protected] or
  • by letter quoting the appeal reference number and enclosing three copies of the representation to:

Attila Borsos
The Planning Inspectorate
Temple Quay House
2 The Square

Representations must be received by 1 August 2018.

  1. Woodley Arms appeal – Planning Inspectorate
  2. Planning application 171893
  3. Lainston Woodley Arms LLP – Companies House
  4. Woodley Arms student flat redevelopment refused for the third time
  5. The past, present and unknown future of the Woodley Arms