A major rethink forced on Slough Council over its plans to redevelop the site of the old Merrymakers pub in Trelawney Avenue, Langley will mean more lower cost housing being included.

Members of the council cabinet were updated at their 'virtual' meeting on Monday about the plan that had originally included a GP surgery and pharmacy along with homes and a hub with community spaces.

Officers reported to the meeting that KDL Karter Developments Ltd - who had been the council's partners in the scheme - had withdrawn because of financial pressures caused by COVID-19. This meant that the surgery and pharmacy were no longer practical as part of the development.

Instead the whole plan will be taken over by Slough Urban Renewal (SUR) – the partnership between Slough Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments Limited.

Members were presented with an alternative idea that would still have a council hub that would include Langley Library but also up to 32 affordable homes - something that was not part of the earlier scheme.

A more detailed plan will be presented to a future meeting.

Although the doctors' surgery will not now happen it is hoped that the planned council hub will include a multi-function space for delivery of NHS and public health services, like

physiotherapy outreach, diabetes prevention and health checks along with community spaces including meeting rooms and a hall.