BIG PLANS GET THE GREEN LIGHT...
PLANNING permission has been granted for a convention centre and 600-home building programme on the huge car park which surrounds Reading’s Madejski Stadium.
With the approval granted by Reading Council on Wednesday, building for the £500 million project is now predicted to start in 2018 with completion two years later.
Reading fans will be hard hit as the number of car parking spaces for home games will be reduced from the current 2,200 capacity to around 800.
But the consortium of Thai business people led by Khunying Sasima Srivikorn will be quids in.
Their plans to sell the football club and stadium, which only opened in 1998, to Chinese brother and sister Dai Yongge and Dai Xiu Li are set to go ahead with the Thais maintaining their ownership of the development site.
As well as the homes and the convention centre, the plans also include a 246-bed hotel and an ice rink with the creation of around 1,000 new jobs in the Berkshire town.
And Tony Page, a Reading councillor, has said the fans will be given help to get to the ground which is set in a huge retail/ industrial estate close to the M4.
He said : “Tickets will be sold with inclusive travel on the buses, that is the way to shift people. We will make it as such that people will not take cars (to games).”