The vision for Slough Central is to bring investment, community and activity to the town centre through the much-needed redevelopment of the Queensmere & Observatory Shopping Centres.
The masterplan will deliver up to 2,500 much-needed new homes on the site as part of a phased development over the next c.15 years, as well as up to 15,000 sqm of flexible retail and town centre space. The proposals incorporate flexibility for up to 50,000 sqm of office space, should this be required in future years.
New and enhanced connections between Slough train and bus stations and the town centre are proposed, as well as flexible public spaces which will be welcoming and accessible to all.
In line with Slough Borough Council’s priorities, the proposals will support sustainable modes of travel, such as walking, cycling and public transport.
The Slough Central masterplan will be delivered in a staged approach, with the Queensmere section coming first. The Queensmere Shopping Centre is therefore the focus of the first planning application for the site.
The community and local stakeholders have played an important role in shaping the vision for Slough Central to date. We’re extremely grateful for the feedback received so far from the community.
Here are some of the ways we have responded to your feedback:
Delivery of more homes – the proposals now include more homes located centrally within the town centre. The masterplan will deliver a mix of housing types and tenures.
Providing quality public spaces – the proposals now include a series of neighbourhood and civic spaces for use by the public. The spaces will be safe and secure.
Improved routes and connections - the proposals include prominent, safe routes through the town centre to create a town centre that is easier, safer and more welcoming to pass through.
Supporting the existing High Street – the proposals include new retail space which complements the existing High Street and directs footfall to the heart of the High Street.
A focus on accessibility and inclusivity - the proposals include new routes and public spaces, which seek to provide space for all to access and enjoy within the town centre.
A focus on working with young people to ensure the proposals maximise future opportunities for them in Slough.
Key benefits of the proposals include:
A new public space providing a civic heart to the town centre
A network of public, green spaces that are safe, secure and welcoming to all
New and improved routes and connections to and through the town centre
High quality new homes in a convenient, central location in the town centre
Flexible retail and town centre space reinforcing the existing High Street, with increased footfall and spending at local businesses
Thank you for taking the time to read about the progress of the Slough Central masterplan. Your feedback and suggestions are important as we develop the proposals further.
An outline planning application will be submitted to Slough Borough Council in Autumn 2021 for the first phase of Slough Central – comprising the Queensmere Shopping Centre. In the meantime, we will continue to work with the Council, stakeholders and the local community.
The community will be updated on the proposals ahead of submission of the planning application. Please sign up to our mailing list for further updates.
Should the planning application be approved, detailed ‘Reserved Matters’ applications will follow, covering the various phases of the masterplan.
Virtual Exhibition ahead of the submission of the Queensmere Outline Planning Application
Outline Planning Application for the Queensmere site submitted to Slough Borough Council
Anticipated planning decision on the outline planning application for the Queensmere site
Reserved matters applications submitted to Slough Borough Council to determine details of the Queensmere application
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