SLOUGH councilors ‘rent’ major development on Horlicks factory site as they approve ‘colossal’ plans for 701 homes.
Developer Berkeley Homes had its phase two plans backed by a majority of members sitting on the planning committee to build 534 private sector homes and 167 affordable units.
The housing mix includes 254 one-bed apartments, 398 two-bed apartments and five three-bedroom apartments. It also includes 20 three-bedroom townhouses and 24 three-bedroom duplexes.
The area of buildings and houses will be named: Horlicks Terrace, Barley Mews, William Horlicks House, James Horlicks House and the Maltings.
The buildings will range in height from three to fourteen stories. The site will also include commercial units on the ground floor, new green spaces, an east-west pedestrian and bicycle path, 251 car parking spaces, bicycle parking for all residents and electric charging stations.
Cllrs Harjinder Gahir (Lab: Wexham Lea), who was the only member to abstain, and Satpal Parmar (Lab: Cippenham Meadows) feared that given it was a “colossal” development, they feared that the parking spaces are not sufficient and could lead to on-street parking and add pressure to the roads.
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Planning officials said the parking provision was agreed during the planning phase in 2019. They added that the site is very close to the city center and public transport, which reduces the need for cars.
Berkeley Homes is to provide a £1.62million contribution under phase two to help improve motorways and implement sustainable transport plans, such as electric charging stations.
The factory, owned by GlaxoSmithKline, closed in 2018 after 110 years of producing the malted milk drink. Berkeley Homes purchased the site shortly after it closed.
The developer is already building 576 houses on the site. After getting its detailed plans approved on Tuesday, July 26, the number of homes will be nearly 1,300.
Although the site offers a large supply of affordable housing, it does not comply with the council’s 30% affordable housing policy as it only offers 25%.
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Planning officials said it was “not viable” for the site to offer more affordable units, but still thought it was a good deal.
Cllr Pavitar K. Mann (Lab: Britwell & Northborough), member responsible for planning, said: “I really congratulate Berkeley. I think the sensitive reflection and cooperation of some of the most important heritage aspects of this site should be acknowledged.
“This site is an important part of our city’s history and I salute the work you have done so far and look forward to seeing the same quality of delivery for this phase to come.”