The planning application for the Queensmere site is the first exciting step in delivering vibrancy and activity in the town centre, delivering new homes, vibrant town centre uses and public spaces for the whole community to use and enjoy.
The Queensmere outline planning application will be submitted to Slough Borough Council in Autumn 2021. The application will be the first to be submitted for Slough Central and will include the Queensmere Shopping Centre only. Subject to planning approval from Slough Borough Council in 2022, the development will be built in phases over the next several years.
The Queensmere site is c.5 hectares in size and includes the existing shopping centre and the associated car park as well as Wellington House, Dukes House, and a number of properties on the northern side of the High Street.
The site is bounded by Wellington Street (A4) to the north, the High Street to the south, St Ethelbert’s Church to the west and the Observatory Shopping Centre to the east.
The application seeks planning permission for:
A new town square - next to The Curve and St Ethelbert’s Church, providing a civic heart to the town centre, supported by new spaces to shop, eat and socialise
A new urban park – next to the existing HTC building, providing a space to meet, socialise and hold events
A landscaped community heart space and local square – in the centre of the site, providing facilities to meet the needs of local residents and visitors to the town centre
New green routes and connections – providing direct, attractive routes from the High Street for all to enjoy
Up to 1,600 new homes - providing a mix of homes for private sale and rent and flexibility for elderly accommodation
Up to 12,000 sq.m of town centre uses - providing space for future shops, restaurants, community and education facilities
Up to 3,750 sq.m of space for a potential boutique cinema, live music venue or bars
Up to 40,000 sq.m of high-quality office space
Up to 550 car parking spaces
The new town square will act as a focal point and heart for the community in the town centre. It will provide an attractive new space where people are able to meet and relax. The ground floor of the buildings surrounding the square can support a range of spaces to eat, socialise, shop or exercise. The square will also provide an exciting space for local events and celebrations. Views of the Grade II listed St Ethelbert’s Church will be protected within the square, providing an attractive and inviting setting.
The town square will be complemented by a number of additional public spaces, such as an urban park and a network of quieter neighbourhood streets.
The outline planning application applies for flexible town centre uses across most of the street level units. This will ensure there is activity and vibrancy across the town centre. The flexible use allows for any of the following facilities to be provided:
The detail of the proposed uses will be finalised at the Reserved Matters stage.
A variety of homes will be provided to suit a range of needs, creating a new, central residential community that will enhance the vibrancy of the town centre. This will include homes for private sale, homes for rent, affordable homes and older persons accommodation (where there is demand). There will be a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom properties.
The two existing access points from Wellington Street will be retained with vehicles focussed on a central service road. Car parking for new residents will be provided underneath the podium of the new residential blocks, or potentially consolidated in a multi-storey car park. Only specified service vehicles will be permitted to leave the site to the south via Church Street. Approximately 550 residential car parking spaces will be provided (30%).
The outline planning application proposes to place a cap on future building heights on the site, this includes:
The Queensmere outline planning application will be submitted to Slough Borough Council in Autumn 2021. The application should be determined by the Council in the summer of 2022.
An indicative timetable for the Queensmere site is shown below:
Submission of outline planning application to Slough Borough Council
Anticipated decision by Slough Borough Council
Submission of Phase 1 Reserve Matters Application (c.600 homes + Town Square)
Commence demolition of the Queensmere Shopping Centre
Start on Phase 1
First homes & Town Square delivered
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