05:22PM, Tuesday 19 April 2016
Luxury rental apartments being developed at Berkshire House will present a 'good opportunity' for Crossrail commuters, according to a Royal Borough councillor.
Cllr Derek Wilson (Con, Oldfield) gave his assessment of the town centre refurbishment as he presented a Housing Investment Partnership plan at a Planning and Housing Overview and Scrutiny Panel meeting last night (Monday).
The scheme, developed by Essential Living, is due for completion in September. Apartments will be more expensive to rent than other flats in the borough, but will come complete with their own concierge service.
Cllr Wilson said: “The purpose of which is if you’ve got a flat in this type of development you can actually ensure you have your dry cleaning through a concierge and they will take care of that."
Chairman of the panel, Cllr Leo Walters (Con, Bray) asked why anyone would pay more rent.
Cllr Wilson said: “You would normally associate it with the city of London. [Renters] don’t have to worry about some things.
“This scheme is new outside of London, but because of the fact that Crossrail is here it is going to be a commuter-style thing.
“I think it is quite a good opportunity.”
The Housing Investment Partnership plan will be a supplementary planning document to the Borough Local Plan and is due to be submitted in September.
It also highlights the need for more affordable homes for key workers such as nurses and teachers in the borough.
Cllr David Hilton (Con, Ascot and Cheapside) said a block of flats providing affordable housing at £550 a month near Heatherwood Hospital had been built.
He said: “What was surprising was that many of them said ‘thank you very much but we’re not interested’.
“It would be good to understand why, when there is a deal, would people choose to walk away from it?”
The panel met at Maidenhead town hall.
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