UPDATED: Petition objects to hundreds of new flats at old Magnet site

Petition objects to hundreds of new flats at old Magnet site

Plans have been put forward for more than 400 new flats on the site of the old Magnet Leisure Centre

A petition has been launched against plans to build hundreds of apartments on the site of the old Magnet Leisure Centre.

Plans were put forward by developer Countryside last month to demolish the old centre in Holmanleaze and turn the area into five buildings, creating more than 400 flats.

The application has not yet gone to the Windsor and Maidenhead council's planning committee, but a Maidenhead Town Forum meeting on March 31 learned that a planning application would be heard 'some time in May'.

Ahead of the plans being debated by councillors sitting on the planning panel, a petition has been created encouraging the council object to the proposals.

At the time of writing, it had garnered 637 signatures.

Creator Sajid Khan said that the petition has been devised because the development does not fit the 'character of the area', and the 'proximity to the road and height of buildings negatively impacts residents and community groups in Holmanleaze'.

Opposers who have signed the petition also feel that the addition of more vehicle access points will 'negatively impact on traffic in the area and these small roads'.

The removal of the overhead footbridge from Hines Meadow car park to St Cloud Way will 'reduce access to town centre and local parking', the petition creator adds. 

In response, Dan King, a managing director at Countryside, said: “Our planning application will deliver a varied mix of high-quality new homes. As part of the proposals, 130 much-needed affordable homes will be delivered.

“These designs have been shaped by feedback from residents, as well as the robust review process by the independent Design Review Panel.

"Alongside landscaped courtyards and public realm improvements, our aim is to improve the accessibility of the site, through green landscaping linking east-west to the existing Kidwells Park area, and a new north-south pedestrian link to the town centre.

“We are committed to realising the potential of the Saint-Cloud Way site.”

To view the petition, which has a sign-up deadline of Friday, May 7, click here

For more information on the planning application, visit the Windsor and Maidenhead council's planning portal and search for reference 21/00502/FULL 

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  • PeterPlucker

    13:17, 23 April 2021

    First there was the Grand Canyon in Colorado, now there will be the Maidenhead Canyons created by thousands of flats built in austere blocks and featuring wind tunnels to rival the French Mistral. And did I read somewhere that Shanly wants to remove the featured Arches from the "Chapel Arches" building by increasing the size of the shops? Surely the Council cannot allow him to get away with this?

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  • GiveMeStrength55

    08:14, 20 April 2021

    Does the town need hundreds more little box houses, after all those new ones at stafferton way, York Road and the proposed ‘landing’? What about building something to draw people in to the town, say a leisure centre, bowling and car park.... wait...

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    • PeterPlucker

      13:24, 23 April 2021

      You're right, the town does not need these boxes. But the Council needs the Council Tax these boxes will generate to compensate for the reduced funding given to all Councils by the Government. But of course the Tory Council members cannot admit that.

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    • robcorb

      14:52, 20 April 2021

      You're so right! And some nice terraced houses would be better than 400 more flats. But that won't make anyone rich, so tiny flats it will be...

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      • rogersmith02

        20:27, 23 April 2021

        The market can't require nice terraced houses, otherwise they would be built

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  • rogersmith02

    16:11, 19 April 2021

    The 'removal of the overhead bridge' argument seems to be stretching a point. There's a subway right next to the bridge.

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