Cabinet agrees to draw up York Road plans

Cabinet agrees to draw up York Road plans

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James Preston

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Cabinet agrees to draw up York Road plans

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:

  • Councillors voted in favour in initiating a campaign to give local authorities more flexibility in managing the night-time economy.
  • A pilot for opening libraries on Sundays will be extended for six months and will now include all of the borough libraries, except for Eton Library, which would now open on a Saturday.
  • The cabinet was updated on a feasibility study which is looking into potential development on council-owned land in Ray Mill Road East.
  • A new model for home care services with a greater focus on independence was agreed upon.
  • Councillors agreed to introducing two new air quality management areas in Wraysbury Road, near the M25, and the St Leonards Road junction with Imperial Road in Windsor.
  • Approval was given for borough employees to request up to two days of unpaid leave for volunteering work.
  • The option to withdraw free school transport from Holyport and Cox Green was rejected following overwhelming negative feedback in a public consultation.

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