Outline Planning submitted for the redevelopment of Sibly Hall, Reading


Acting on behalf of Reading University and working with our own architects and masterplanners, Scott Brownrigg Planning has recently submitted an outline planning application for the redevelopment of Sibly Hall in Earley, Reading.

The site is currently occupied by a 10 storey tower and various smaller buildings which form the student halls of residence, and is adjacent to an area of ancient woodland. The site will become surplus to requirements in 2012 as a result of the university’s estate rationalisation programme.

Scott Brownrigg Planning was appointed by the university to provide town planning advice in relation to the submission of an outline planning application to redevelop the site. Following an initial appraisal of various options, an outline planning application has been drawn up for the redevelopment of the site to provide 99 new residential units ranging from 1 and 2 bedroom apartments to 3, 4 and 5 bedroom houses. The scheme also includes associated access, highway/cycle and pedestrian routes, car parking, landscape and infrastructure works.
Due to the sensitive nature of the site and its surroundings the application needed to be supported by an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Environmental Statement (ES). Scott Brownrigg Planning undertook the management and coordination of the EIA and ES and authored many of the ES chapters, providing guidance and advice to the specialist consultants to carry out the technical assessments.

A decision is expected in spring/summer 2011.