Dee Park, Reading

Dee Park, Reading

Our plans for Dee Park include creating 705 new homes, an extra care facility, a new school (with nursery), children’s centre, community centre as well as retail and commercial facilities.

The history

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. 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.

The next phase of delivery to commence is Phase 2C, delivering a new community centre and children’s centre. Proposals for Phase 3 are also being reviewed, taking into account the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Summary of the proposals

  • Demolition of 376 homes to create 705 new homes. These include 279 homes for social rent, 10 for shared ownership and 416 for private sale
  • An extra care residential facility (Oak Tree House)
  • A new school (with nursery) and a children’s centre
  • A community centre which includes an all-weather sports area and play facilities
  • The re-provision of retail and commercial facilities at Lyon Square
  • Environmental and infrastructure improvements including residential close areas

Progress to date

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)

This phase commenced in August 2021 and includes:

  • A community centre

 

Phase 3 (not started)

Plans for Phase 3 are under review, with consultation of the local community anticipated 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