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Author Topic: Go-ahead for ‘ambitious and achievable’ town centre development  (Read 46894 times)
RBWM Press Release
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« on: August 09, 2013, 01:59:41 PM »

Chapel Arches scheme gets planning approval

Major redevelopment plans for Chapel Arches – one of Maidenhead’s key ‘opportunity areas’ – have been given the green light by the Royal Borough.

The Chapel Arches scheme will transform a substantial part of the town centre with more than 200 new apartments, shops, restaurants, cafés and offices, built around the York Stream which will itself be given a new lease of life under ambitious plans by the Maidenhead Waterways Restoration Group.

The redevelopment will also provide underground parking, a new footbridge over the York Stream and a replacement bridge to the Hines Meadow car park.

At a special meeting of Maidenhead development control (DC) panel last night (Thursday 8 August) members approved four related planning applications from Sorbon Estates and Shanly Homes for the site.

Cllr Derek Wilson, panel chairman, said: “Approval for this redevelopment is a red letter day for Maidenhead. It is another significant signal that we are committed to taking forward the rejuvenation of the town centre so that residents and visitors can enjoy the benefits of various and interlinking uses, all designed to bring vitality and vibrancy to this important part of our town. It’s another step towards making the dream a reality.”

The site – described in the adopted Maidenhead Area Action Plan (AAP) as the High Street East/York Stream opportunity area but known locally as Chapel Arches – is bisected by the York Stream and covers the area south of Hines Meadow car park and north of Maidenhead Library.

Cllr M J Saunders, cabinet member for planning and property and lead member for Maidenhead, said: “Maidenhead needs and deserves a high quality town centre development that is both ambitious and achievable. This redevelopment by the Shanly group is a pivotal and ground-breaking step in revitalising the centre of Maidenhead into an exciting place to work, rest and play and it sends the clear message that Maidenhead is open for business.

“Chapel Arches offers a refreshing and exciting opportunity for this important part of the town centre, bringing together the various strands of mixed use into a cohesive regeneration project that will bring jobs, new homes, new shops and eateries – and, importantly, using the waterways scheme as an integral feature.

“Although only an outline application for the main bulk of the scheme, it does go into a great deal of detail so we know right at the outset what is in store.”

Richard Davenport, chair of the trustees of Maidenhead Waterways, said: “We welcome the certainty provided by the approval of these plans, which represent a major step forward for both the AAP and the waterway project.

“We have been liaising with the Shanly Group for some time to ensure their proposals for this key town centre location complement the already approved plans for the waterway. We expect the Chapel Arches development to enable early delivery of the first part of the waterway. By co-ordinating the two build programmes we hope to converge the respective landscaping, footpath and environmental plans, avoiding abortive costs and the need for multiple channel disruption.”

Bob Dulson, chairman of PRoM (Partnership for the Rejuvenation of Maidenhead), said: “This scheme will transform the eastern end of the High Street with an inviting mix of waterside developments, bringing vibrancy to the area in a new focal point for residents and providing an important catalyst for further regenerative interest in the town centre."

The report to the DC panel said that while some of the proposed buildings would be taller than stipulated in the AAP and the Colonnade would have to be demolished to make way for the development, the advantages ‘outweigh the harm on the townscape and heritage assets’.

The DC panel imposed more than 60 conditions to mitigate environmental impacts, increase community safety, plan ahead for an ageing population and ensure sustainable design and construction.

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« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2013, 05:04:16 PM »

Seems to me a lot of talk for a dead town. A few years ago the traffic in Maidenhead was busy, now there are hardly any transport at any time during the day. It is so sad to see a town die as Maidenhead is. Like a lot of people I have grown up in Maidenhead and seen how busy it was and how vibrant and now its is dead with its charity shops ( and I know they do a lot of good) the phone shops and the pound shops. what is there in Maidenhead to encourage people to shop there, not a lot !!!!
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