AN AMENDED scheme to build 34 flats in Slough town centre has been refused by officers.

This is just one of the many applications submitted to the local authorities in Slough, Windsor, and Maidenhead in the past seven days.

To view more details for each application, go to the respective council’s planning portal with the reference number attached.

Developer’s successful second attempt to erect a 5G mast on a verge opposite Crescent Dale, Shoppenhangers Road, Maidenhead (22/01504/TLDTT).

Royal Borough Observer: Drawing of the 5G mast on Shoppenhangers RoadDrawing of the 5G mast on Shoppenhangers Road

Applicant CK Hutchinson Networks (UK) had its revised plan to place a 15m monopole with cabinets approved by planning officers.

In a statement, the company said it needs this site for its ‘specific technical and operational requirements’ as it rolls out 5G network across the country.

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Its previous plans to erect an 18m mast were refused by officers, believing it was ‘visually incongruous’ and a ‘prominent feature’ that made it out of keeping with the area. They also said it would be ‘detrimental’ to the safety of users of the adjoining cycleway and footway.

Plans to build 34 flats have been refused at 19-25 Lansdowne Avenue, Slough (P/01158/033).

Royal Borough Observer: The site that the 34 flats could have been developed atThe site that the 34 flats could have been developed at

A developer has amended its scheme to build two four-storey apartment blocks to hold 13 one-beds and 21 two-bedrooms.

It was deemed affordable housing could not be built at the site due to viability issues, but the applicant was ‘willing’ to deliver 12.5 per cent affordable homes.

Previous plans to erect two buildings containing 24 apartments by demolishing the existing buildings were approved.

But the scheme was amended by making the interior design ‘more efficient’ without changing the exterior volume of the building.

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Proposals to keep the planned access and removal of the current 26 car parking spaces for 21 bays with two disabled spaces remain as part of the revised plans.

But planning officers refused the scheme as there is no signed agreement between the council and the developer to deliver on-site affordable housing and off-site infrastructure funding contributions.

While some of the changes eased the council’s previous concerns, officers are still waiting for some detailed aspects of external design and layout plans to come forward. This was another reason for refusal.

Planning officers give the nod to change a home into a children’s care home at 1 Cippenham Lane, Slough (P/05190/006).

Royal Borough Observer: 1 Cippenham Lane1 Cippenham Lane

Applicants want to provide a home for four children aged between 11 to 17 to enable them to live in a family environment and be involved in usual community life.

They need to change the use of the house into a children’s care home as required by watchdog Ofsted.

No changes are proposed to the external appearance of the building but will provide step-free access into the property by means of ramped access. The ground floor will have a staff office, communal area, kitchen, and disabled toilet.

Ofsted requires the applicant not to house more than six people staying overnight. Four children and two adult carers will be at the site with one staff sleeping in and waking at night.