News: 14 August 2019New homes at Radley will enable bursary schemes

The Reading team have received outline consent for 240 homes in NW Radley on behalf of Radley College. The sale of the development has released collateral that will be reinvested back into the College’s provisions for education, including the funding of bursaries to enable a wide range of children to take advantage of the fantastic facilities and teaching at the College.

Radley College were keen to explore financial opportunities from their land holdings in order to reinvest into their education provisions. Having assessed a number of sites, the Reading Planning team identified this site as the most suitable, and subsequently successfully removed it from the green belt by virtue of its allocation within the Local Plan 2031 Part 1. The development also proved to contribute to the housing need of the Vale of White Horse district and demonstrated Radley College’s historic and future commitment to both the village and education sector.

Our Planning, Masterplanning, Architecture, Landscape, Environmental Planning and Graphic Communication teams have worked on the scheme from conception and are delighted that permission has now been officially granted.

Senior Planner Craig Pettit said: “It’s fantastic to receive outline consent for NW Radley, following on from our success at securing planning permission and listed building consent for new, high quality College staff accommodation on the adjacent site in October 2018. Despite 12 months of legal discussions in relation to the main site post Committee, this valuable consent will now not only enable investment back into the education sector, but also provide high quality and much needed housing for Radley. It's always a pleasure to assist long established and prestigious organisations to grow sustainably within their surroundings, and of course demonstrate how we can add value.”     

The new development will integrate well with the village, maintaining strong and historic relationships with the village as well as future proofing the College’s boundaries, as a result of the parameter plans that were specifically submitted and subsequently approved as part of the permission.

Find out more about the Radley College project here.

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