New car park design approved after 'Guantanamo Bay' criticism

New car park design approved after 'Guantanamo Bay' criticism

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Katherine Denham

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New car park design approved after 'Guantanamo Bay' criticism

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:

  • Plans to demolish and convert several agricultural units in Cannon Court Farm, in Cannon Road, were unanimously approved, despite concerns that this could be an over-development.
  • An application to construct a large agricultural storage building to the east of Burchetts Green Lane in Littlewick Green was refused on the grounds that the unit was too large.
  • Permission was granted for a proposal to build a 4-bed house in High Road, Cookham, despite objections from residents and parish councillors who argued that the new build would create traffic and privacy problems and be a loss of green space.
  • An application to convert an existing extended house in Bridle Road, Furze Platt, into two separate houses was described by councillor Simon Dudley (Con, Riverside) as a ‘development mess’ and was refused unanimously by the panel.

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