MODIFICATIONS to plans to transform the closed down New Look store into flats are to be decided by councillors next week.

Councillors on the Maidenhead development management panel will consider the changes to the buildings on 70 High Street on Wednesday, September 15.

Developers were given permission in 2019 to extend the upper floors to form eight apartments, construct a five-storey block for 18 flats with new pedestrian access, and extend the ground floor – providing a roof terrace of up to 245 square metres of communal amenity space.

They were also given the go-ahead to do alterations and extension work to the first and second floors.

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The ground-floor retail units will be retained, and the 26 flats compromise a mix of studio and one-bedroom flats, none of which are affordable housing.

Following a site survey, the developers have made modifications to the plans, which now requires the planning panel to re-approve.

These changes include alterations to the ground floor layout to the rear building facing West Steet to include a sprinkler plant room in the cycle store, modifying the flat layouts on the first and second floors as well as changes to the rear elevation of the High Street block.

Other modifications include widening the building by up to 0.3m on either side of the rear building to increase its floorspace to approximately 20.7sqm.

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The proposal also includes revision to the layout of the ground floor bin store and to the proposed layout and balconies of several flats.

Planning officers ruled out the changes will harm the town centre’s conservation area, its setting, and the character of the area.

They recommended to councillors to delegate authority to the head of planning to approve with conditions.