Throwing the Toys out of the Pram

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This week a ‘screening opinion’ – a kind of forerunner to a planning application – has been submitted for the closure and redevelopment of Homebase and Toys R Us.  The proposed scheme would see an incredible 800 homes built on the site in blocks of up to 19 storeys.  Read on for some views and my typically optimistic vision as to how this whole area could be improved more substantially.

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Reading 2050 -The plan for the Tram

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What is #Reading2050?

A couple of weeks ago I attended an exhibition in town called Reading 2050.  The initiative seeks to create a vision for the development of the town.  Their representative was an enthusiastic Scottish lady who talked visitors through some glossy but fairly non-specific visuals.  Their document talks of three alternative visions:

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Reading 2050 -The plan for the Tram