IT’S that time of the week again where we reveal the five most interesting planning applications determined or submitted to the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead as well as Slough Borough Council.

This week’s edition includes a new games area for a Slough school, a historic train station modernising with the introduction of WiFi and two new semi-detached houses.

A marketing suite to replace a workshop at the Horlicks Factory site on Stokes Poges Lane, Elliman, Slough (P/00094/042)

Plans to demolish an existing workshop building on the historic Horlicks Factory site have been approved and a marketing suite will be erected in its place to sell the new 1,300 residences incorporating 325 affordable houses to home buyers.

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It will only be a temporary addition to the site as it will be converted into a residential house when all sales and marketing are completed.

A temporary car park for ten spaces will be placed to allow customers park and view the marketing suite.

The suite will be built on the south east part of the site on Stoke Gardens- a brownfield site – and it will advertise the new homes to help meet Slough’s housing need.

The statement said: “An element of employment will remain on-site with the erection of the marketing suite, with a five full-time employee located on site, will continue to help Slough’s economy and assist with the delivery of a significant number of new homes within Slough.”

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A new multi-use games area at Godolphin Junior Academy – Oatlands Drive, Slough (S/00582/004)

Approval or refusal of the application will come at the end of a consultation. Children could have a games area to play basketball, football and netball and it will be located north of the school.

The play-area at the academy will be minimum 26.5m x 13m, plus two 3m wide standard goal sections with mesh panels.

The fencing will be 2.4m high, vandal resistant and have twin wire mesh panels consist of two 8mm horizontal wires welded either side of the vertical wires to create a 200mm x 50mm mesh pattern.

CCTV, lights and alarm contacts to gates will be implemented in the future.

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Demolishing existing buildings to make way for two semi-detached houses with refuses and cycle storages on land next 286 Dedworth Road, Windsor (19/03551/FULL)

Planning permission was granted for a builders’ yard adjacent to 286 Dedworth Road to be converted to two one-bedroom semi-detached houses that are two-storey with amenity space and car parking.

Refuse, recycling and cycle storage will be located at the rear of the houses with rear access.

The yard has been vacant for several months where a triple garage/storage space and a shed have remained and need to be demolished to make room for the new houses.

The applicant called the abandoned builder’s yard “alien” and “inappropriate” for the surrounding area and the development would beneficial to nearby residents.

The houses will not damage the character of the road as there’s no prominent architectural style along the road and the approved homes will be broadly the same height as neighbouring houses – standing at 1.4m higher than 282 Dedworth Road.

A member of the public supported the development, saying: “We fully support the proposal of two one-bedroom houses. There has been rumours for a long time that 286 will be demolished and turned into flats and with the pub (next door) now gone and turned into huge flats then we would have been squashed in the middle.

“It is a relief to hear the owners have applied for two smaller semi-detached dwellings that are in keeping with the existing character of 286 and our own property.”

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Application submitted after refusal to demolish an existing house and outbuilding with a new home at 63, The Avenue, Wraysbury (20/00977/FULL)

According to the applicant, the current home is prone to and has a history of flooding and the Environment Agency said the existing dwelling will be at risk of further flooding in the future if not replaced.

The home is situated on a green belt site where previous planning permission was refused because the scale and massing of the home was not suitable for the site.

The one and a half-storey dwelling will have the four-bedrooms one with an en-suite, a reduced roofline, onsite parking for three vehicles and cycle storage.

A separated car port with a raised studio has been removed from this application.

The applicants have also taken in the comments made by committee members about the positioning of proposed home where it has been set further back from the access road.

The re-evaluated building plans now meet the current flooding criteria which will reduce the risk of the house being severely flooded.

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Wireless access points to be placed on a grade ll listed building’s brick walls at Windsor and Eton Riverside Station, Datchet Road, Windsor (19/02970/LBC)

A Grade ll listed building means it has special architectural or historic interest worth protecting where extra controls on what changes or alterations are made on both the interior and exterior.

After the lockdown eases or is lifted, train passengers coming to and from Windsor and Eton Riverside Station can stop using their 4G Wi-Fi data and connect to the station’s internet network when waiting for their journey.

Five access points will be placed around the station with one placed outside of the train station.

Windsor and Eton Riverside Station is significant due to its architectural and historic special interest. The structure with its attention to detailed brick work on the outside and spanning iron hangers on the inside is striking in character and appearance

Planning officers granted to permission for the access points to be placed but not joined to the brickwork, but rather fixed on to the mortar joints.

Their report said the proposal would cause harm to the listed building, but the public benefits outweigh this issue.