Former oil terminal in Langley eyed as new housing development

The Slough Observer reports that the former Total Oil terminal in Langley is being considered as a potential ‘high density’ family housing site as developers look to cash in on Crossrail.

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The paper says a report by Slough Borough Council reveals developers want to transform the site into new homes.

The council says the site, north of Langley Train Station and sandwiched between it and the Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal, could become a ‘very attractive’ development and form a hub around the station.

Langley is already dying on its feet because of the traffic and ludicrous traffic schemes

The report reads:

“The fact that it is alongside the canal and has views out over open countryside also makes it possible to create a very attractive development with a distinctive sense of place.”

However, ward councillor Diana Coad has voiced opposition:

“I would be opposed to this. Langley is already dying on its feet because of the traffic and ludicrous traffic schemes the council has implemented – there has been no concern for residents.”

Planning committee councillors were due to discuss the potential development at a meeting earlier this evening.

The terminal used to receive oil by train and distribute it via a pipeline to Heathrow.

Industrial or warehouse uses on the site have been ruled out because of the low bridge in Station Road which prevents access to HGVs.

The report, however, says there are significant constraints to turning it into housing. It has been contaminated, part of the area is liable to flooding and has high noise levels from passing trains. The report adds it has poor road access and it is ‘not clear how much traffic generated from the development can be accommodated on the local road network’.

Part of the site is also in the Green Belt. But the report adds:

“Despite all of these constraints the site has a significant potential for development.”

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