View from the junction of Castle Street and St Mary's Butts
- The frontages of the Grade II listed 35,36 and 37 St Mary’s Inn and the Horn Inn continue to dominate the streetscape.
- The proposed development is perceptible above an element of the roofline of the listed buildings but is more prominent to the rear of the modern buildings on St Mary’s Butts.
- The historic roof profile of the listed buildings along Castle Street and St Mary’s Butts remain legible.
- The additional height and depth of the Proposed Development will be visible from the Conservation Area but is experienced as part of the existing modern development comprising Reading town centre.
- The staggered approach to massing mitigates the perception of mass and the tallest element of the scheme is centered away from the lower scale historic development.
View from Castle Street looking north
- The ornate frontages of the Grade II* listed St Mary’s and Grade II listed Sun Inn dominate the foreground.
- The proposed development is prominent above the roofline of the Sun Inn.
- Additional height and depth of the building will be visible from the Conservation Area.
- These are not the key or historic views from which to experience the character and appearance of the Conservation Area.