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Maidenhead selects town centre regeneration partner

Words: Huw Morris
Maidenhead, Berkshire

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has chosen Countryside as the joint venture partner for a multimillion-pound town centre regeneration scheme.

The joint venture will focus on redeveloping four council-owned sites covering 6.3 hectares in Maidenhead. The sites could potentially deliver about 1,200 homes alongside shops, restaurants, offices and a cultural quarter in the town centre.

The council said redeveloping the four sites – at York Road, West Street, Reform Road and St Cloud Way – is expected to generate significant income associated with the arrival of the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) in the town, which will be reinvested in its services and facilities.

“With the Elizabeth Line arriving in 2019, we have a once-in a-lifetime opportunity to deliver an ambitious redevelopment programme right at the heart of the community,” said council leader Simon Dudley. “The council will retain considerable control over how the sites are developed and is committed to providing high-quality homes, including genuinely affordable options for residents so we can build a borough for everyone.”

Consultation will take place on detailed plans for each of the sites before any planning applications are submitted. Construction could start as early as 2018 subject to planning consent.