Dee Park, Reading

Overall regeneration

· 705 new homes (279 social rent, 10 for shared ownership and 416 for private sale)

· Extra care residential facility

· A new school, with nursery and a children’s centre

· A community centre, with all-weather sports area and play facilities

· Re-provision of retail and commercial facilities at Lyon Square

· Environmental and infrastructure improvements including residential close areas

Phase 2c (community centre)

Contractor: Star Contractors

What’s happened so far?

Dee Park is a Radburn design, 1960s housing estate in Reading which includes a retail centre and school. Catalyst was selected in 2007 by Reading Borough Council to regenerate the area, alongside Willmott Dixon for the first phases of the regeneration. We received planning permission from Reading Borough Council to regenerate the Dee Park estate in 2009, following extensive consultation with the local community. Since then, the first Phases, 1, 2A and 2B have been completed, delivering almost 250 new homes for social rent and shared ownership and 268 homes for private sale, as well as sports pitches, shops and offices for Catalyst and Reading Borough Council.

Phase 1 (complete)

· 124 affordable homes and the construction of Oak Tree House · 140 private homes (all sold)
· Delivery of an all-weather sports area and pitches (adjacent to Ranikhet School)
· Environmental improvements to Tay Road, including new hard and soft landscaping

Phase 2A (complete)

· 85 homes for social rent
· 21 two and three-bed private houses
· Landscape, road and paving improvement works

Phase 2B (complete)

· 28 apartments for social rent
· 107 two and three-bedroom private sale houses and 21 private sale apartments
· 10 shared ownership two-bedroom houses
· New retail units, local offices for Catalyst and Reading Borough Council, a social enterprise community café, and environmental improvements to Spey Road

Phase 2C – in progress

The next phase of delivery to commence is Phase 2C, delivering a new community centre and children’s centre. When complete, the new community centre will have a number of new facilities for the local community, including a new hall, a children’s centre, and new office workspace. Work began on site in August 2021, with the new community centre expected to be complete in summer 2022.

Phase 3

Catalyst is reviewing this future and final phase of the Dee Park regeneration, which will deliver more new affordable housing and a new school building, after the original planning consent has expired. Catalyst is delivering the remaining phases on its own and is looking to honour the promises made to residents throughout the regeneration, as well as bringing the plans up to date with planning policies and new local priorities following the Covid-19 pandemic. Reading Borough Council has submitted plans for a new school building to the local authority. Consultation with the local community is expected to commence in 2022. The original plans included the following, which will be delivered alongside enhancements to the proposals:
· 148 homes for sale
· 42 homes for social rent
· A new school and children’s centre
· Environmental improvements