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More than 600 homes to be built at new Royal Elm Park next to Reading Football Club

Reading Borough Council has given the green light to Royal Elm Park, a £500 million development adjacent to Reading Football Club’s Madejski Stadium.

The council’s planning committee has approved the proposals for the 15.5 ha scheme, subject to conditions.


The development will comprise a convention centre, hundreds of homes, public space, and retail, leisure and hotel space, including an ice rink, all of which will be supported by a substantial investment in public transport for both match and non-match day visitors.


The centrepiece of the 15.5 ha scheme will be a 28,000sq m convention centre, known as The International, which will have a capacity of 6,000. It will play host to a range of events, concerts, conferences, leisure pursuits and community uses, and will become the largest dedicated conference venue in the south of England.


Royal Elm Park will also deliver more than 600 one-, two- and three-bedroom homes as wel as 18,000sq m of public open space, a  public square and over 2,000sq m of retail, leisure and restaurant facilities.


The development will create more than 1,000 new jobs once work is complete, and is set to boost inward investment into the area by offering larger and better facilities for large businesses seeking a home in the south east.


Nigel Howe, chief executive of Reading FC, said: “This is a huge boost for Reading, and will deliver a step change in the city’s ability to host international, large-scale conferences and events, which the business community here has long sought.  But the scheme delivers more than that.  It delivers a new and reinvigorated destination for businesses and the Reading community, and will significantly enhance the match-day experience for our supporters, the driving force behind the Club’s success. 


“Royal Elm Park is emblematic of the city’s vision for the future, and will play a significant role in driving new and enhanced inward investment, which will underpin the regional economy going forward.”


Praphant Asava-aree, director of RFC Prop Co, added: “Royal Elm Park is a bold and ambitious scheme, and is a tangible demonstration of our vision for the Thames Valley.  Today, that vision becomes a reality.  Creating 1,000 new jobs, new economic and social infrastructure for the benefit of the community and regional businesses, enhanced facilities for Reading FC’s supporters, and new and improved transport links, is a testament to the vision of the City and the Club, and we are delighted to be playing our part in stimulating further investment into this vital part of the UK.”


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