Slough town centre scheme approved after design changes

Plans for a major mixed-use redevelopment of a town centre shopping centre in Slough, Berkshire, including nearly 700 flats in five tower blocks, have been given the go-ahead after the applicant made amendments to the design of the scheme.

Queensmere Shopping Centre (picture by diamond geezer, Flickr)
Queensmere Shopping Centre (picture by diamond geezer, Flickr)

Slough Borough Council’s planning committee last week approved applicant Slough Shopping Centre’s application for the partial redevelopment of the Queensmere Shopping Centre.

The applicant sought full planning permission for changes to the shopping centre, involving the addition of nearly 6,000 square metres of retail floorspace, and 11,400 square metres of assembly/leisure floorspace.

The application also sought permission for 675 flats in four towers of between 15 and 23 storeys above the existing shopping centre, with an additional standalone 15-storey tower to the east of the shopping centre.

The application had been deferred by members at a meeting of the planning committee in July to allow discussions with the applicant in order to reduce the height of scheme’s western tower and redistribute the lost flats elsewhere in the development.

A report to the planning committee said that the applicant had subsequently "further developed the detailed design of the scheme and amended the proposal. This has included reducing the height of the western tower by three stories. Three of the other towers have now had an extra floor added, but without increasing the height of the tallest building".

According to the report, the reduction of the western tower’s height "helps to improve the relationship of the development with its surroundings". The report adds: "There is now a better relationship between the towers as there is a distinct step up from the west to the three tallest towers in the east".

Recommending approval, the report said that the development would "result in economic, environmental and social improvements to Slough town centre and the wider area".

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