Britwell regeneration scheme one step closer to reality
Published: 22 Mar 2010 14:471 comment
Slough Borough Council's planning committee agreed that the deprived area desperately needs to undergo a multi-million pound upgrade, which will include tearing down the dilapidated block of flats in Wentworth Avenue and replacing them with scores of new homes, as well as relocating the shopping parade in the street to nearby Kennedy Park.
But while the overwhelming majority of committee members agreed that the project would benefit the greater community, there have been concerns raised by councillors of the ward which as historically been hostile towards the council.
Independent Britwellian Residents councillor Pat Shine criticised the plan. He said: "I for the regeneration of the Wentworth Avenue flats but I am opposed to the shops being moved to Kennedy Park.
"Under the proposals, the shops would be linked to Northborough via a 200m path, this could cause a lot of safety issues because people will not fell comfortable walking that distance in the pitch black.
"It is also expected that up to 50 per cent of Kennedy Park will now be used for construction, that is taking up far too much of what little green space the children here already have."
Councillor Swindlehurst, commissioner for neighbourhoods and renewal, welcomed the decision.
He said: "Being given outline planning permission now puts the Britwell Regeneration project one step closer to delivery, and with it the prospect of improved housing, retail and open spaces for the residents of Britwell.
"The scheme will now go forward to the detailed planning stage, which will be accompanied by another round of consultation with residents to gather their aspirations for what will be delivered as part of the project."
A total of 97 new homes are expected to be built. Work on the project is due to start later this year or early 2011.