A major redevelopment site in Maidenhead has been consented following approval in principle from the planning authority.
The approved plans are part of a wider plan to regenerate Maidenhead which will see 229 new homes alongside a community space and food and café outlets on the banks of Maidenhead waterways.
The York Road site is part of the town’s joint venture site and is the first of four which bring more affordable homes for residents and allow them an opportunity to purchase homes if they have lived or grown up in the borough.
Cllr Simon Dudley, leader of the council and lead member for Maidenhead regeneration and Maidenhead, said:
“I am delighted that this planning application has been considered and approved in principle.
“This is a major milestone for Maidenhead’s regeneration and I looking forward to seeing the site being transformed as we look to build a borough for everyone.
“I am delighted the council is able to deliver an additional 20 affordable homes for shared ownership on this site meaning a total of 88 new affordable homes (38%) will be created in the heart of Maidenhead to give residents struggling to get onto the housing ladder a place to call home.
“It will provide much needed homes for our residents and create a much needed new neighbourhood in the town centre with a mixture of homes, retail outlets and community facilities to meet the needs of our residents now and in the future.”
Malcolm Wood, Project Director at Countryside, comments:
“We are delighted that the council has resolved to grant planning permission for this important site.
“We look forward to continue to work closely with the council and the community as we deliver the much needed new homes, modern community facilities, cafes and restaurants as well as fabulous new public spaces.”
The rejuvenation of York Road, the area to the south of the High Street, includes a £1m investment to enhance and improve existing buildings and public realm, uniting areas of the town south of the library and creating new pedestrian-friendly and cycle connections from York Road to the Nicholsons Centre.
The scheme brings an additional 229 homes to the town of which 30% (68 homes) will be affordable homes – a mix of shared ownership, affordable rent (rent set at local housing allowance levels) and social rent.
The council is also delivering a further 8% (20 homes) affordable homes on site by way of a public subsidy, providing a total of 38% affordable (88 homes).
There will also be 20,000 sq ft of commercial space for food and beverage outlets and a new home for Maidenhead Heritage Centre and a community space.
Building work is expected to start on the site in Spring 2019 with the first homes expected to be completed by Autumn 2020.
The site is part of the joint venture the council has with Countryside to develop four sites in the town – York Road, St Cloud’s Way, West Street and Reform Road.