Slough flats plan has been called ‘the ugliest building in the world’
SLOUGH neighbors believe an apartment building project would create the “ugliest building” in the neighborhood.
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Plans to build eight additional flats in a block have been turned down at Chancellor House, Farnburn Avenue, Slough (Y/01014/020).
Developer Euroreach Ltd requested the construction of an additional two storey block to the existing three storey Chancellor House apartment building.
It is to create eight additional apartments, bringing the total number to 20. The apartments on offer will be a mix of one and two bedrooms and 11 additional parking spaces have also been included.
The developer said it was a “high quality, sensitive design” and urged Slough Borough Council planning officials to approve the scheme.
But neighboring residents have vehemently opposed the plans, fearing the two additional floors would tower over their properties, create parking chaos and block natural light.
One resident said: “I believe it would make the visual impact of the area worse, being the tallest and ugliest building around.
“Also, it would take a lot of light from our common garden, and create more parking problems. As it stands, there are only a handful of parking spaces for our visitors, before another development is in its final stages.
“As far as I know, there would be 12 apartments and only nine parking spaces for around 20 cars.
“In summary, the proposed development of Chancellor House will certainly be disadvantageous to the area and the people living in the area.”
Planning officers agreed with residents and turned down the project, believing it would neglect neighboring properties.
They also said the two additional floors would be so overbearing that it would be “serious prejudice to the enjoyment of these properties by their occupants”.
Plans for construction of new homes with access denied at Culpeppers, 53 Lower Cookham Road, Maidenhead (22/00542/FULL).
A developer wanted to demolish a 1960s bungalow and build five new homes with three parking spaces each.
The two-story houses would have been a mix of four and five bedrooms. Four of the dwellings were proposed to be terraced while the remaining house would have been individually owned.
A new access off The Avenue would also have been created.
A previous program was refused on the grounds that it was on a site with a very high risk of flooding. The developer claims to have raised the properties above flood levels to protect households.
But that wasn’t enough for a flurry of residents and a ward councilor to oppose the plans, believing it would be ‘out of place’ and create dense development. Twenty-three neighbors have signed a petition urging the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to refuse the request.
Martin McNamee, chairman of the Maidenhead Civic Society planning group, said: “It is clear from the ground plans, aerial representations and elevations submitted that this proposal will result in a density of development which does not match the surrounding properties.
“With the number of similar large parcels that exist in Maidenhead Riverside, it is important that an acceptable standard is established to protect the character of the area from possible future overdevelopment.”
The planning officers agreed with the residents and refused this request.
The developer is applying for permission to demolish a building at 113-115 Whitby Road, Slough (P/19913/000).
SEGRO Plc wishes to demolish a building in order to free up the site for future redevelopment.
An ecological survey was undertaken to see if bats were roosting in the building. The report concludes that there was no evidence of bats roosting outdoors or indoors. It is very unlikely that the demolition of the building will result in the loss of bat roosts or the disturbance of bats occupying a roost.