01:45AM, Thursday 05 June 2014
A plan to convert a care home into 10 apartments and another attempt to extend the Thames Riviera Hotel, were both rejected by the Royal Borough last night.
The applications were discussed by the Maidenhead Development Control Panel at the Town Hall.
Residents from a Pinkneys Green cul-de-sac left the Town Hall happy as the Royal Borough blocked a move to convert Hardwick House into 10 flats.
The care home in Hardwick Close shut down in 2012.
In March a similar proposal was rejected, with panel members saying the flats would not fit in with the area's character.
The panel heard that the only alteration from March's proposal was a change to the window design.
Richard Cawthorpe addressed the panel on behalf of residents. He objects to the scale of development and said it will create parking problems.
He added: "What we most value about our community will be completely ruined by this overdevelopment."
Neil Barr spoke on behalf of DLK Architects who designed the conversion.
He pointed out that borough planning officers approve of the plans.
He said 'the design and parking' has been 'judged to be acceptable against planning policy'.
The panel unanimously refused the application, with Cllr Kathy Newbound (Lib Dem, Pinkneys Green), saying: "This proposal will change a quiet area into a much busier area."
A proposal to build 11 bedrooms at the Thames Riviera Hotel and demolish part of its Guard House was also rejected.
It follows an idea to build 12 rooms being turned down in February, with the panel then concerned over parking and losing the 19th century Guard House.
Although the latest application adds parking spaces, the panel refused it over 'parking concerns' and 'loss of a heritage asset', with Cllr Simon Dudley (Con, Riverside) saying the 'overdevelopment' and its 'intensification' does not fit in with the area.
Cllrs David Coppinger (Con, Bray) and Kathy Newbound both asked for the Royal Borough to work closely with the developer to find a solution.
A plan to convert the Christian Science Church in Marlow Road into offices was also refused over the design and a lack of parking.
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