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Plans put Reading’s historic station at risk

Plans to demolish an entire wing of Reading’s Grade II-listed former station building have been deemed unacceptable by the Victorian Society.

Reading Borough Council has applied to build a new southern entrance to the town's station. As part of the plans a new station building will be built on the site of the western wing of the old station, now The Three Guineas Pub.

'If a building is listed then the whole structure is considered of national importance, you can't simply choose to shave bits off if they appear to be in the way,' said Heloise Brown, Conservation Adviser for The Victorian Society. 'Government planning policy means listed buildings cannot be demolished without strong justification, and any redevelopment plans must attempt to incorporate them, but here the case has simply not been made.'

All the options put forward by Reading Borough Council involve the demolition of the western wing. The society wants the planning committee to insist on seeing an option for consideration which retains all parts of the historic 1860s building.

The eastern wing of the 1860s station building has already been demolished. It was replaced in 1989 by the current rail terminus. Reading's planners must ensure that the history of this important station is not eroded any further.

Thursday 30 July, 2009

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