03:02AM, Thursday 28 March 2013
Altered plans for the £152million Kings Triangle project in Maidenhead look set to go before the Royal Borough at a meeting next month.
An outline application for the project by ING Red UK (Maidenhead) was considered by Maidenhead development control panel in December, but councillors deferred making a decision then due to a series of flaws in the plans.
The firm was given more time to fix the issues and has now submitted a number of changes.
The panel is expected to reconsider the scheme at a special meeting in April. The exact date has not been confirmed.
Key changes to the scheme include 135 extra car parking spaces, taking the total to 826.
Objectors were concerned the original plans did not contain adequate parking provisions.
Other alterations include allowing buses to use Broadway rather than re-routing them, and the agreement in principle of the form of off-site highway works.
But while the changes address some of the problems council officers had identified with the plans, other issues remain.
These include the proposals to move Shopmobility to Grove Road car park, and the Queen Street taxi rank into York Road.
Further areas of concern when the plans were considered in December included the fact the scheme was not financially viable.
Maidenhead Waterways Restoration Group chairman Richard Davenport, who is also a member of Maidenhead Regeneration Group, said it was clear ING had made efforts to fix the scheme.
"It certainly looks to me to have been improved," he said.
But he felt it was hard to say whether those efforts would be enough.
"It's key that we get this right," he added.
If approved, Kings Triangle could see the area between King Street, Queen Street and Broadway transformed to include new shops, restaurant and office space and housing.
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