MAJOR plans to redevelop Slough’s Queensmere shopping centre into new homes and stores will soon be submitted to the council.

The Slough Central team, led by British Land as assets and development manager, are eyeing to transform the shopping centre and add up to 1,600 homes, as well as up to 10,000sqm of flexible retail space and up to 50,000sqm of office space if there is future demand.

The outline planning application will be submitted to Slough Borough Council by autumn.

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The team said this will be the first step towards British Land’s goal of delivering “vibrancy and activity” to the town centre.

The Slough Central team will continue to work on the proposals for the Queensmere shopping centre in the run-up to the planning application submission, informed by feedback from the community to date.

The neighbouring Observatory shopping centre site continues to form a part of the wider Slough Central masterplan but will not be developed until a much later date and will be subject to a separate planning application.

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Russell O’Hare, development director for the project, said: “We are pleased to be close to submitting an outline planning application for these exciting proposals, which will transform the Queensmere shopping centre, bringing investment, community and activity to the town centre.

“We want to create a place which is vibrant, safe and welcoming for everyone. We welcome further feedback from local residents and stakeholders as we continue to work on the proposals ahead of our submission later this year.”