03:32AM, Wednesday 14 March 2012
A decision is due to be made tonight on plans to knock down an empty office and build 14 homes.
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead council officers had recommended the proposals to demolish Hargrave House in Belmont Road be given the nod provided certain conditions are met and £120,000 developer contributions are paid.
Berkeley Homes (Three Valleys) Ltd wants to build a pair of four-bed houses, 11 three-bed houses and a one-bed flat on the site.
Members of the Maidenhead development control panel are due to meet in Maidenhead Town Hall from 7pm to discuss the plans.
Twelve written objections were received by the Maidenhead council.
Householders have concerns about how the development will change the area's 'airy and pleasant ambience'.
They say it is too dense, would have a negative impact on road safety and cause a loss of privacy for existing residents.
Maidenhead Civic Society also expressed concern about the scale and density of the proposal and questioned the loss of the office space.
In its application the developer says owner Scottish Widows Active Management Fund has had the site on the market for two years but failed to attract any offers.
Berkeley Homes says there is already a lot of competing office space in Maidenhead and Hargrave House is poorly located and dated in comparison, needing £725,000 of work to bring it up to scratch.
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