Mill Street eyed up by Parish Councillors for potential new housing development

New recreational sites could be allocated in the village while new homes could be built in Mill Street, and the Conservation Zone could be renewed if ideas from parish councillors are taken on board by Slough Borough Council.

Parts of Tanhouse Farm date back to the 17th century. Parish Councillors believe the buildings, offices and yard could be redeveloped into a new residential development to assist with the town's housing crisis.

Parts of Tanhouse Farm date back to the 17th century. Parish Councillors believe the buildings, offices and yard could be redeveloped into a new residential development to assist with the town’s housing crisis.

Colnbrook Parish Council is set to draw up a list of potential sites for new housing in response to a request for input into the new Slough Local Plan.

Slough Borough Council has formally requested the Parish Council to contribute to a Call for Sites to be considered for inclusion in the new Local Plan for Slough, according to draft minutes from the Parish Council’s Services Committee held on the 19th January, finally published this week.

Councillors Dexter Smith and Peter Hood will take responsibility for compiling a list of sites, while Councillors Elum-Smith and Grewal have been asked to consider the call in their work on the stalled Neighbourhood Plan.  However, minutes show that councillors have already brainstormed some ideas.

Slough says it is desperately short of land for housing and its current five year land supply is set to run out.  It has hinted at redesignating part of the Green Belt for housing and has already stated it is willing to sacrifice Green Belt for a new incinerator should Grundon be forced to cede its site to Heathrow.  The current “Call for Sites” began last month and will conclude later this month.

What’s been proposed so far …

Other than the “Colnhenge” site at Brands Hill, which is already allocated for housing, councillors felt that Tanhouse Farm, in Mill Street, could lend itself to residential development.  They suggested the conversion from commercial to residential use of the buildings, yard and offices on Mill Street as well as Tanhouse Way (formerly known as McArdle Way prior to the company’s collapse), the private access road which leads to the By-Pass.

Tanhouse includes three Grade II listed buildings around a central courtyard – Tanhouse farmhouse, Mill House dating from the 17th or 18th century, and Tanhouse barn which dates back to the 1600s.

Designation of the Poyle Manor Farm site, where a solar farm was refused late last year, was discussed by councillors and rejected on the basis of comments made by the inspector at the SIFE public inquiry last Summer.  Minutes do not record whether councillors had wanted to develop the Green Belt site for housing or some other use – but there have been calls from residents to reserve the land for recreational use.

It was suggested the former Galleymead Road golf driving range should be designated in the Plan as a recreational facility, and that the importance of the Colnbrook conservation area should be emphasised.

Planning permission was refused for a solar farm on land at Poyle Manor but councillors appear unwilling to designate the land for anything else.

Planning permission was refused for a solar farm on land at Poyle Manor but councillors appear unwilling to designate the land for anything else.

Residents can contribute too …

While the Call for Sites was not on the agenda for the full Parish Council meeting last Tuesday – and there wont be another public session until after Slough’s deadline – residents are being encouraged to contributed their ideas directly to Slough Borough Council.

Whether or not you own a site yourself or just have a view on a preferred future use, Slough wants to hear from you regarding:

  • Suggestions for residential, employment, retail, open space or community use.
  • What sites could the town make better use of – whether by redevelopment, changing the use, or improving what is already there.
  • Which existing areas or buildings in Slough have features or characteristics you particularly value and you think should be protected or enhanced.

You can tell the Council about a site by emailing planningpolicy@slough.gov.uk or writing to Planning Team (2FW), St Martin’s Place, 51 Bath Road, SL1 3UF.  You need to provide:

  • Your contact details
  • Where the site is and its current use
  • What you think it could be used for
  • Any other information about how it is or could be used

Alternatively the Council has set up an online form.

All sites submitted from the public, developers, landowners or other organisations will be subject to public consultation so everyone has the opportunity to comment on other people’s ideas.

You can view the current Local Plan online here.

 

 

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