IT’S that time of the week again where we reveal the five most interesting planning applications determined by or submitted to the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and Slough Borough Council.

In today’s edition, a temporary marquee has been approved to help a historic pub to survive Covid-19, conversion works at a retirement home, and last minute changes to a big development.

Plans to erect a temporary marquee to the side at the historic George pub, The Green, Holyport Road, Holyport, Maidenhead (20/02051/FULL).

Permission was granted to the George – which is a Grade II listed building – to erect a temporary marquee for use between October 1, 2020 and April 21, 2021.

In the design and access statement, they said this will allow the pub to cater for the customer demand during the Covid-19 pandemic whilst maintaining social distancing and adhering to the guidance.

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They also stated this will utilise “dead-space” and help keep the business afloat during the pandemic and throughout the winter months.

Staff and local residents have been consulted where the plans have received an overwhelming amount of community support.

One resident said: “I totally support this application. Given the situation with Covid-19 this is essential for the survival of the pub and the community of Holyport residents. It’s in line with Government policy in relation to Covid-19 and keeping people safe whilst supporting public houses to remain viable in these unprecedented times.”

Councillor David Coppinger (Conservative: Bray), lead member for planning, supported the plans and called the application in to the planning panel if it was refused.

He said: “Whilst this is a listed building, the government have asked us to help businesses recover and as this is a temporary structure, I believe that this overrides policy.”

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Construction of two homes following the demolition of the existing part single part two-storey element of the existing building at Charnwood, 12, and land at Charnwood, 12 Lime Walk, Maidenhead (20/02562/FULL).

An application has been submitted for developers to erect two five-bedroom dwellings on a residential garden – which is situated at the end of a cul-de-sac.

The applicants seek to demolish the pre-existing extension to the existing property at 12 Lime Walk.

The extensions have been designed to comply with all current requirements for disabled people to access the site with or without a vehicle.

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The site is surrounded by mature trees where the developers say they will erect fencing to protect and retain them during the development, if approved, and the existing vegetation will also be retained.

The plans previously went through a pre-application advice stage with planning officers where officers had some concerns with the scale of development, and the impact of loss of privacy and light to neighbouring properties.

In the design response, the applicants have scaled downed the development by removing the crown roof, single-storey extension, and double garages as well as re-orientating the layout to ensure no adverse impact on the neighbours occurs.

The application is awaiting a decision.

Last-minute changes to plans to fit in additional six flats in a big development scheme at BMW House, Petersfield Avenue, Slough (P/00988/020).

In a retrospective planning application, developers found six more apartments could be added during the BMW House development – which was originally approved for 34 flats.

They said the six one-bed homes were added in the “last minute” during the construction phase to take advantage of opportunity and ease of construction where they will be located to the rear of the building.

One flat will be on the second floor, two on the third floor, and three on the fourth floor.

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The planning statement says retrospective plans will still comply with the council’s planning policy and the additional six apartments will not have an unacceptable impact in transport terms.

The five-storey BMW House has been completed and is occupied where 31 car parking spaces and cycle storage has been provided.

Planning officers at Slough Borough Council granted permission to the developers.

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Construction of three dwellings with amenity space, landscaping, and car parking following demolition of the existing building at 121 Springfield Road, Windsor (20/01239/FULL).

Plans for a two-storey building with three three-bedroom flats, compromising small terraces, following the demolition of the existing have been refused by planning officers at the Royal Borough.

If the plans were approved, the flats – which sit on brownfield and is currently occupied by a large detached house – would’ve had four car parking spaces, cycle storage, and a bin store.

Campaigners believed the “cramped” designs for the development would result in an overdevelopment on the street.

They also feared the development would remove all the trees, vegetation, and shrubs where not only will the street lose some green space, the size and quality of outdoor space on two of the three flats will not meet the minimum standards as set out in the council’s own design guide.

Royal Borough planning officers agreed with the protesters and refused the application.

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Converting a three-bedroom flat over two floors into two one-bedroom flats at Lilac Court, Rokesby Road, Slough (P/04301/005).

Plans were granted at a retirement home to convert the manager’s three-bedroom flat – which is on the ground and first floor – into two one-bedroom flats, one on each floor.

Lilac Court currently offers 57 one-bedroom and one two-bedroom studio built apartments for rent to people over the age of 55.

In the design and access statement, it says it will only be a “minimal conversion” with only one external change to the building – which includes replacing the existing external door to the ground floor flat with a window, to be in keeping with the existing building.

The retirement home is near local shops with local transport links and offers a communal lounge, two guest rooms, a garden with seating area, on-site laundry, and 13 car parking spaces.

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