08:24AM, Wednesday 01 May 2013
Kings Triangle was rejected in principle by Royal Borough councillors at a special meeting last night.
Maidenhead development control panel delegated responsibility to council officers to turn down the £152million scheme following a three-and-a-half hour debate.
The decision to delegate was taken to allow the officers time to compile a list of policy reasons as to why the plans are being thrown out.
Concerns raised by panel members at the meeting will guide this process. They included issues with highways, traffic and parking, servicing arrangements and more.
It was a close call, with the motion for delegated refusal passed by six votes to five.
An earlier motion to approve the scheme fell moments earlier, also by six votes to five.
Earlier in the meeting the panel heard from a representative for developer ING Red UK (Maidenhead) Ltd, as well as four objectors to the scheme.
They included Peter Sands from Maidenhead and District Chamber of Commerce who urged councillors to refuse the plans.
"Maidenhead deserves better," he said.
The plans were previously discussed by the panel in December, and the decision was taken to defer the application to allow ING time to fix a list of flaws identified within it.
ING has the right to appeal the panel's decision.
Read a full report in tomorrow's Advertiser.
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