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Proposed redevelopment of Nicholson's Centre: your chance to comment to RBWM
The proposed £400m redevelopment of the Nicholson Centre and car park could define the town centre for generations, so residents are being urged to see what is being proposed and make their views known.
The developers (brochure here) hope the project will deliver better permeability (people's ability to walk through the centre), far more public open space (about six times as much), far more car and cycle parking and landmark building, among other things.
But some people are concerned about the heights of some of the buildings, the number of flats, and wind and shading issues. Also, the shopping area will be outdoor, not covered like today.
New: MNF Viewpoints about the Nicholson's proposal
Tall buildings. Intensification. Financing. Carbon reduction. Infrastructure.
What are the issues, and what do we need to consider?
Forum members offer their insights into aspects of the proposals on a new page here
Update on other major developments
RBWM'S BOROUGH LOCAL PLAN
All local authorities have to provide a Local Plan, covering housing, transport, employment, infrastructure etc. Some years ago, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead began creating a Borough Local Plan (BLP - link here) to run from 2013 to 2033 but it is still unfinished.
The latest stage is that the independent Inspector (who has to approve the BLP) has challenged the Borough with 25 pages of questions (link here) concerning issues like whether Maidenhead's infrastructure can cope with all the proposed new dwellings.
Previously, the centre of Maidenhead had an Area Action Plan agreed in 2011, but this will be superseded by the BLP if and when it is finally approved. The Neighbourhood Plan (which we hope to create) must fit alongside the BLP, and not contradict its Strategic Policies.
THE "LANDING" SITE, or "TRIANGLE"
(area bounded by King St, Queen St and The Broadway)
This is the other major development in the heart of the town centre, with around 400 homes and 100,000 sq ft of office space. There will also be retail and leisure premises at ground level, and extensive public open spaces. The planning application was approved in November 2018, since when the site has been demolished - as seen in this photo, taken from Nicholson's car park, towards Queen St.
More information about the proposals is available from the developers HUB here.
130+ NEW FLATS NEAR WAITROSE
Bellway Homes are now seeking outline permission for 136 flats (plus green space) near Waitrose, next to the A4. The site currently holds Liberty House and Moorbridge Court, both office buildings. The brochure for the development is here.
This view is looking west (photo: Savills)
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Firstly, we would like to thank the outgoing chair Matthew Shaw, and his predecessor Martin McNamee for their work over the previous year. Martin kindly offered to “hold the fort” after the group was forced to split from Cox Green, the chair at that time being from Cox Green. Matthew then took the reins to Read more about From the new co-Chairs[…]
In February, we were advised that designation for our group had been refused by James Carpenter, who was Interim Head of Planning at RBWM, meaning that we could not proceed to the next stage and put forward planning policies. The reasons given for the refusal were largely about whether the group was representative of the Read more about May 2020: designation refused[…]
The Forum is required by its Constitution to hold an Annual General Meeting by end-June. The plan is to do this remotely, but first we must ask permission of the Forum’s members and give 14 days notice. Members are being contacted by email and, subject to their support, the AGM will be held on Monday Read more about Annual General Meeting[…]
We invited Judith Littlewood CBE to apply her considerable expertise and experience to the subject of “Tall Buildings” as a core feature of Maidenhead’s Regeneration. In her blog, she challenges some of the basic assumptions and asks people to learn the lessons once again of previous experiments with tall buildings. Does going tall really deliver Read more about Tall buildings[…]
It’s bad news, I’m afraid. MNF’s application for designation to prepare the neighbourhood plan for the seven unparished wards of Maidenhead has been refused. In this post, you can read a summary of the reasons given and our views on whether the decision is correct. You are invited to comment on what the next steps Read more about Designation refused[…]
The results of MNF’s latest survey – Getting Around in Maidenhead – are now available. 368 people responded and 176 left detailed comments – thank you. I’ve provided a few comments about the results in this post, but local mobility is a large subject and we will return to the data in future as the neighbourhood Read more about Getting Around in Maidenhead[…]
This post is also available as a PDF file. The pace of Regeneration is accelerating. It’s exciting for some, disconcerting for others, but there seems to be a consensus that change is inevitable. Local people have been feeling disempowered as project-after-project gets the green light with no overall town centre vision in place. The previous Read more about Place-making[…]
RBWM has opened the public consultation on Maidenhead Neighbourhood Forum’s application for Designation. It runs from 25th November until Monday 6th January 2020. Visit RBWM’s consultation portal. We encourage organisations, businesses and individuals to submit their views on two questions: Is the area applied for appropriate? Is MNF the right group to prepare the NP? Read more about Designation consultation[…]
The Maidenhead Advertiser published a second story about the Forum, this time following our application to RBWM for Designation. You can read it here. We’re pleased to receive some supportive comments from Cllr David Coppinger. The Advertiser’s online edition has our proposed plan area map included too.
Our Designation application has gone in And the Head of Planning at RBWM has acknowledged its receipt. It’s an important step on the journey A Neighbourhood Plan (NP) gives local people the opportunity to develop planning policies for their area. They are enforceable but, of course, have to be consistent with national planning guidelines and the Read more about Designation application[…]