Councillors say no to housing estate at Shoppenhangers Manor

Councillors say no to housing estate at Shoppenhangers Manor

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Paul Miles

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Councillors say no to housing estate at Shoppenhangers Manor

Plans to build a housing estate on the former Shoppenhangers Manor site were refused at a Maidenhead Development Control Panel meeting last night.

There were concerns by councillors over the size and impact of the development, which would have seen 52 houses built next to the Holiday Inn in Manor Lane.

The number of planned houses had been reduced from the original number of 56.

Cllr Philip Love said: "The illustrative plan shows a cramped layout with the development being dominated by hard surfacing and roads with no room for decent landscaping."

The historic Shoppenhangers Manor had stood on the site since 1915 but was pulled down in 2007.

Manor Lane home-owner, Mike Doodson, presented his objections to councillors at the meeting.

He said the development would create a 'five times density increase' in the area and would create a 'visual mismatch' between the existing houses and the proposed estate.

Other matters decided at the meeting included:

- An application to construct four detached houses at Linden Avenue was refused on the basis that the land was part of the Furze Platt Triangle Conservation Area.

- The renewal of planning permission for the construction of a 116-bedroom hotel in Bridge Avenue was granted. The original outline permission was granted in 2009.

- The construction of a pair of semi detached dwellings in Braywick Road was refused on the basis that the scale of the development was too large and would impose on neighbouring houses.

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