Colnhenge developer Maclaren clears first hurdle for revamped Heathrow Gateway

Colnhenge developers Maclaren got through the first ‘hurdle’ of their revamped Heathrow Gateway proposal unscathed a fortnight ago.  Despite misgivings councillors chose to waive their right to comment and leave the decision to Slough Borough Council.

Heathrow Gateway

The Heathrow Gateway proposal was considered by parish councillors at their last meeting on Tuesday, September 2.

The development will see 61 flats built in 3 separate blocks on the old Rogan’s Garage site at Brands Hill, slightly more than the ill-fated Rigby Homes development.  The windows of most of the flats will be non-opening and the development, in an air quality management zone, has been deemed unsuitable for families.  A special filtration system will be installed to remove nitrates from the air.

Councillors voiced concerns about the traffic flow around the site if the development goes ahead and cited the absence of the previous application’s S106 agreement for highway improvements.  While some of the original highway improvements were dependent on the SIFE development opposite being approved, submitted plans already indicate that SBC is expecting a “financial uplift” to the previous S106 agreement valued at £1.35 million.

The statutory right to be consulted, and make comments on, developments in the Parish is the most important power a parish council has.  Neverthless, the verdict at the meeting was “no comment at this stage – decision to be left to Slough Borough Council”.

Minutes also show, while councillors expressed concern about a parking allowance of 1.5 spaces per unit, they miscalculated.  Just 75 parking spaces will be created for the 61 flats, meaning just 1.2 spaces.  Given nearly two thirds of the units will be 2 or even 3 bedrooms, the pressure on parking could be enormous in what is likely to be accommodation primarily housing Heathrow crew or workers at Slough Trading Estate.

Number of Bedrooms Total Bedrooms
1 2 3
Number of Flats 25 32 4 101

Comments posted when the plans were revealed on Colnbrook Views, suggest residents already have concerns about the level of traffic generated from the site if the plans go ahead as they are. As Leisa Glasgow commented via Facebook:

“I bet only one space [has been] allocated per flat but most people have more than one car nowadays!!”

She’s right.  And with the site supporting a total of 101 new bedrooms that, as we know, could mean 101 new vehicles in an already congested area.  More if couples don’t share a vehicle.

The plans remain open for comment at Slough Borough Council so if you feel strongly it is not too late to register your views.  Colnhenge is unlikely to be heard by the Planning Committee until later in the year – it is not on the agenda for October’s meeting.

At the same meeting the Parish also chose to make no comment on applications relating to a ground floor rear and first floor side and rear extension at 42 Dawley Ride, and a single storey side extension at 6 Myrtle Close (despite concern expressed that two self-contained ground floor rooms shown in plans might be allowed to lead to multiple occupancy).

Cllrs Underhill and Cheema had declared an interest in the two applications but took no part in the discussion.

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