Britwell regeneration scheme one step closer to reality

Published: 22 Mar 2010 14:471 comment

THE Britwell regeneration plan is coming closer to reality after the proposals were given the go-ahead by councillors.

Slough Borough Council's planning committee agreed that the deprived area desperately needs to undergo a multi-million pound upgrade, which will include tearing down the dilapidated block of flats in Wentworth Avenue and replacing them with scores of new homes, as well as relocating the shopping parade in the street to nearby Kennedy Park.

But while the overwhelming majority of committee members agreed that the project would benefit the greater community, there have been concerns raised by councillors of the ward which as historically been hostile towards the council.

Independent Britwellian Residents councillor Pat Shine criticised the plan. He said: "I for the regeneration of the Wentworth Avenue flats but I am opposed to the shops being moved to Kennedy Park.

"Under the proposals, the shops would be linked to Northborough via a 200m path, this could cause a lot of safety issues because people will not fell comfortable walking that distance in the pitch black.

"It is also expected that up to 50 per cent of Kennedy Park will now be used for construction, that is taking up far too much of what little green space the children here already have."

Councillor Swindlehurst, commissioner for neighbourhoods and renewal, welcomed the decision.

He said: "Being given outline planning permission now puts the Britwell Regeneration project one step closer to delivery, and with it the prospect of improved housing, retail and open spaces for the residents of Britwell.

"The scheme will now go forward to the detailed planning stage, which will be accompanied by another round of consultation with residents to gather their aspirations for what will be delivered as part of the project."

A total of 97 new homes are expected to be built. Work on the project is due to start later this year or early 2011.

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  • Eileen Valimaa
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    Mar 25, 17:35
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    Most of Northborough tenents walk across Kenedy park to wentworth shops & doctors medical centre anyway, Im sure lights would be put in place!

    As for loosing the space for the children to use is nonsence, how many of you allow your children to play there anyway? It is just a race track for youths on unlicenced motorbikes & car s**** lorries working on s**** cars late at night. Think of all the new homes to be built on Wentworth inplace of the run down shopping parrade & very unsightly flats!! We all have children that are going to need one of those homes in the near future (that is so long as our children get the opstion of them & not imigrants that allready had a home in thier own country) No offence ment by that but our children need to beable to set up home close to thier familys if they are to help care for thier parents when they need care in thier older years!!

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