Freestone Yard development recommended for approval

An outline planning application for a major new development at Freestone Yard on Park Street is being recommended for approval at next week’s meeting of the Planning Committee.

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A major new residential development off Colnbrook’s Park Street is being recommended for approval at the meeting of the Planning Committee next Thursday.

Freestone Yard, next to the old Post Office on Park Street, is the unlikely setting of a development of 17 new homes.  The frontage of the 0.15 hectare site is Grade II listed, dating back to the late nineteenth century, and would be retained under the scheme.  The archway is part of the original coaching inn on the site.

The development would see construction of a two bedroom house and 17 one and two bedroom flats in two blocks on the narrow site which extends deceptively far back.  Some of the properties would enjoy views of the Colne Brook and historic Tan House Farm.  The application was originally submitted for 18 units, but was amended to mitigate the impact on occupiers of Albany Court.

24 car parking spaces would be provided on site for the 17 new and 6 existing 6 flats which park there, along with a cycle parking space per flat.

Freestone Yard extends deceptively all the way back to the Colne Brook.

Freestone Yard extends deceptively all the way back to the Colne Brook.

Back in the 1970’s the Yard was home to an engineering work and various commercial enterprises have occupied it since.  The proposal includes demolition of an existing garage and storage areas and conversion of two existing commercial buildings.  Vehicular and pedestrian access would be from Park Street.  However, since the height of the arch is insufficient for a refuse vehicle Council officials have already stipulated that a management company would need to be employed to move bins out to the road on collection days to avoid falling foul of Slough’s approved “drag distance” (30 metres).

The application has been referred to the Planning Committee for consideration due its scale.  A report by Council staff says the outline plans are being submitted as a means of establishing an appropriate level of development and to allow the Council “to set out appropriate planning parameters to control the scale and nature of the development”.

An existing application to convert one of the buildings into two flats was withdrawn in 2004.

One objection has been lodged, from a neighbour, who has complained about access through the archway, visibility, safety, noise, traffic, access, and dog excrement.  Highways has responded with an advisory that the developer must demonstrate that there would be no intensification of trip-generation (currently estimated to be 65 daily two-way trips).

Colnbrook with Poyle Parish Council has expressed concerns over vehicular access especially in relation to pedestrian safety.

Comments can be made in writing or by email on all planning applications during the consultation period to the Development Control Manager, St. Martins Place, 51 Bath Road, Slough SL1 3UF or planning@slough.gov.uk.

 

 

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