Slough Borough Council grants go ahead for Slough regeneration

Slough Borough Council has granted detailed planning consent, subject to the signing of a Section 106 Agreement, to Countryside Properties working with Catalyst Housing, Slough Borough Council and the Homes and Communities Agency, for the regeneration of the Britwell estate in Slough, Berkshire. The consent follows the demolition of the landmark Wentworth Tower at the beginning of the year. The planning consent covers two sites within the Britwell estate, located on Long Furlong Drive and Wentworth Avenue, that provides for a total of 258 homes – 151 for private sale, 54 for shared ownership and 53 for social rent.

Designed by architects, Hunters, the new development will mainly comprise traditional two-storey housing. Over 90 per cent of the homes will be houses, with a range of two, three and four-bedroom houses in addition to some one and two-bedroom apartments in three-storey buildings, each with nine homes. A new local centre prominently located within Kennedy Park on Long Furlong Drive will replace the former shopping facilities along Wentworth Avenue and provide 980 sq m of modern retail space with associated parking and bus stop. Additionally, subject to market demand, a further 411 sq m of retail space, health centre and/or nursery is proposed. There will also be a separate 195 sq m standalone retail unit on the second site, fronting Wentworth Avenue.

The Britwell regeneration will create a ‘garden village’ with traditional streets, home-zones and green spaces that will support the wider Britwell area. For example, there will be a local employment and training strategy to direct the procurement for the regeneration, including using local labour and apprentices and making sure that substantial Section 106 payments to the Council are managed to achieve their full potential.

Deputy Chairman of Countryside Properties, Richard Cherry said:

“It is great news for us and for the Britwell residents that we have the go-ahead to start the regeneration. The high quality of the architecture and the positioning of the homes have been designed to create an environment where local people are proud to live and feel at home. We look forward to progressing this development for the overall benefit of the town.”

The homes will be tenure-blind, all will have parking and there will be decent size gardens for all houses and amenity space for apartments. Homes are to be built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level Three, which is being met through a combination of measures including photovoltaics and fabric improvements.