12:03PM, Thursday 03 July 2014
A new design for a car park which was drawn up following criticism that the previous design looked 'similar to Guantanamo Bay' has been approved.
The latest proposal to demolish St Ives House and York Stream House to make way for a new car park was discussed by the Royal Borough development control panel at Maidenhead Town Hall last night.
The open-air car park is to replace the buildings, which currently stand as empty council offices in St Ives Road, Maidenhead.
The panel unanimously approved the new design which has a thinner grey meshed fence, only lines the front of the car park and has a height of 1.8m, a 20cm reduction of the original two metre-high perimeter design.
Also on the agenda was a proposal to turn a butchers' shop into a takeaway.
The plan to turn Roy Gigg Butchers in Station Parade, Cookham, into a fish and chip shop received a majority vote of 7 to 2 for approval.
Since permission only grants the change of use and does not determine the type of takeaway, some councillors were concerned that there was no guarantee that the shop would not become a takeaway similar to one already in the area.
In a speech the parish councillor for Cookham Dean, Beryl McNeaney, said if this was not approved it would risk the unit being left empty.
Head-boy and head-girl of Furze Platt Senior School also attended the meeting to put forward reasons why the panel should grant permission for a £1.2m leisure facility at the school in Furze Platt Road.
All council members spoke positively about the plan and voted unanimously for approval.
Also discussed by the panel:
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