Plans for new flats on a Slough grammar school site look set to be thrown out. Excellare Ltd has applied for permission to build ’13no flats with associated landscaping and parking following the demolition of former caretakers dwelling and garage’ at Langley Grammar School House on Reddington Drive.
The work would see a three storey detached building built at the site. Three people living in the area lodged objections to the scheme and raised concerns including the building being too ‘imposing’ and potentially creating a wind tunnel.
In a report recommending the scheme be thrown out, planning officers at Slough Borough Council said: “By virtue of its siting, layout, design, scale, height and positioning, the proposal would appear overly dominant in the Reddington Drive street scene which would cause harm to the character of the area and would not be in-keeping with the existing landscaped appearance of the site or the pattern of development in the area.”
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It added: “The application has not demonstrated the proposal would create a safe and suitable access and layout which minimises conflicts between traffic and pedestrians. It is considered the proposed vehicular crossover access is not sited in an appropriate position to facilitate the level of resulting traffic generation forecast to be created by the development.”
“The design and access statement explains that Langley Grammar School intend to dispose of the site to raise additional funding needed to improve the School’s facilities to provide purpose-built dance studio in the new main block. In addition, the funding would be used to upgrade its sports facilities which are also used by the wider community. These include upgrading the surface of the all weather pitch to enable a greater range of sports to be offered, installing additional facilities into the existing indoor sports hall, and developing areas of unused land on the perimeter of the School’s site as a fitness trail and outdoor gym facility.”
Slough Borough Council will make a decision on the application at its Planning Committee on Wednesday, May 25.
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