10:24AM, Friday 28 February 2014
The York Road opportunity area in Maidenhead may be extended to create better links with the proposed Broadway Triangle development following a Royal Borough cabinet vote last night.
Members at the meeting, at the Windsor Guildhall, backed proposals to explore the possibility of extending the area to include a patch of land between York Road, Queen Street, Broadway and Grove Road if development goes ahead.
The amendment was made as part of a vote in favour of allocating an £800,000 budget to fund outline plans for the site and to look into bringing a third party on board for a joint venture.
It follows consultation with stakeholders after the outcome of a feasibility study into creating a civic quarter on the land was made public last week.
Presenting the study, Cllr MJ Saunders, cabinet member for planning and property, said he was hoping to launch a public competition to find the right design for the site in a similar way to the one launched for the Broadway Triangle.
He revealed the triangle's new owners, the London & Aberdeen Group and Smedvig Eiendom, were set to draw up a shortlist of architectural firms to produce plans for the site after a competition run by the Royal Institute of British Architects produced a response from 25 firms.
The cabinet also voted in favour of pressing ahead with looking into the demolition of vacated council-owned office blocks on the site.
Other matters discussed at the meeting include:
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