Homes and offices plan for village farmland
Dan Whiteway • Published 23 Jul 2012 06:30 0 Comments
POSSIBLE DEVELOPMENT: A map illustrating to show possible use for the land in Datchet proposed by Landhold Capital PICTURE CREDIT: Landhold Capital
A MAJOR residential and commercial development is being proposed for farmland in a village.
Proposals to transform an 11.5 hectare piece of land to the north of Datchet into a sustainable mixed-use development have been drawn up by company Landhold Capital.
The plans, still in the formative stage as the developer awaits the results of the forthcoming Royal Borough local plan, could see homes and offices built on the land in between Churchmead School, in Priory Way, and the M4, bordered by Slough Road and Riding Court Road.
Robert Taylor, strategic land associate director at Landhold Capital said: "Our proposals are at a very early stage and we are waiting to see what requirements for Datchet are shown in the local authority's forthcoming draft local plan. Landhold Capital has offered to work closely with the parish council as it produces a neighbourhood plan and are open to any ideas or suggestions that local people have."
The early stages of the proposal were presented by Nick Chancellor, associate director of Meeting Place Communications representing Landhold Capital at a meeting of the Datchet Parish Council on Monday (16/7).
Cllr Ewan Larcombe, vice-chairman of Datchet Parish Council, said: "We have an opportunity under the Localism Act 2011 to decide our own future about housing in our area through projects, but this is a very early form of the proposal."
A booklet was presented at the meeting with a preliminary plan for possible land use on the development which concerned one councillor who was worried too much land would be dedicated to commercial use.
Cllr Ian Thompson said: "A third of this plan is for commercial use rather than residential. Although it is just a plan at this stage the proposal is not appropriate for the area."
The proposals remains at a consultation with affected parties stage though the ideal plan would involve a combination of resident, commercial and open space land use with the potential for a building for community use also being constructed.
This article appeared in Slough Observer 20 Jul 12