Cabinet agrees to draw up York Road plans

Cabinet agrees to draw up York Road plans

James Preston

Cabinet agrees to draw up York Road plans

The York Road opportunity area in Maidenhead may be extended to create better links with the proposed Broadway Triangle development following a Royal Borough cabinet vote last night.

Members at the meeting, at the Windsor Guildhall, backed proposals to explore the possibility of extending the area to include a patch of land between York Road, Queen Street, Broadway and Grove Road if development goes ahead.

The amendment was made as part of a vote in favour of allocating an £800,000 budget to fund outline plans for the site and to look into bringing a third party on board for a joint venture.

It follows consultation with stakeholders after the outcome of a feasibility study into creating a civic quarter on the land was made public last week.

Presenting the study, Cllr MJ Saunders, cabinet member for planning and property, said he was hoping to launch a public competition to find the right design for the site in a similar way to the one launched for the Broadway Triangle.

He revealed the triangle's new owners, the London & Aberdeen Group and Smedvig Eiendom, were set to draw up a shortlist of architectural firms to produce plans for the site after a competition run by the Royal Institute of British Architects produced a response from 25 firms.

The cabinet also voted in favour of pressing ahead with looking into the demolition of vacated council-owned office blocks on the site.

Other matters discussed at the meeting include:

  • Councillors voted in favour in initiating a campaign to give local authorities more flexibility in managing the night-time economy.
  • A pilot for opening libraries on Sundays will be extended for six months and will now include all of the borough libraries, except for Eton Library, which would now open on a Saturday.
  • The cabinet was updated on a feasibility study which is looking into potential development on council-owned land in Ray Mill Road East.
  • A new model for home care services with a greater focus on independence was agreed upon.
  • Councillors agreed to introducing two new air quality management areas in Wraysbury Road, near the M25, and the St Leonards Road junction with Imperial Road in Windsor.
  • Approval was given for borough employees to request up to two days of unpaid leave for volunteering work.
  • The option to withdraw free school transport from Holyport and Cox Green was rejected following overwhelming negative feedback in a public consultation.

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