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Duke of Kent in Reading to open Dee Park care home

A new care home in Reading has been officially opened by the Duke of Kent.

Oak Tree House in Tilehurst is the first part of a three phase regeneration project costing £150m which will also create 763 new homes.

The building in the Dee Park development replaces two blocks of 1960s flats and offers 60 flats for assisted living.

The visit comes 50 years after the Duchess of Kent visited the original estate.

Deprived

During his tour the Duke met residents, apprentices and community representatives.

Due for completion in 2018, the 80-acre site will also house a new school, shops and a community centre.

The 900-home 1960's estate had become one of the most rundown and deprived parts of Reading.

Residents on the estate have had an active role in the shaping of the plans for the development.

All blocks of flats on the estate and a small number of bungalows will eventually be demolished.

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