Pro Vision wins permission for 75 new homes in first virtual planning meeting
Pro Vision made history with the first major new housing scheme decided remotely by Slough Borough Council’s planning committee.
The unanimously approved plan is for a landmark development of 75 high-quality apartments in a prominent location at the junction of Bath Road and Station Road, a gateway route into the town centre.
Pro Vision planning consultants submitted a revised outline application for Feltham Properties to redevelop the underutilised site in an area earmarked for regeneration.
The new scheme will see a six-storey apartment building with undercroft parking (60 spaces indicated), new access and landscaping.
The site, currently occupied by two commercial buildings, is close to Burnham railway station which will be part of the new Crossrail Elizabeth Line with speedy access to London.
Pro Vision provided planning consultancy and early concept design services.
The council’s planning committee on May 27 was held virtually and live streamed for the press and public under new powers given to local authorities to hold meetings remotely during the coronavirus pandemic.
James Iles, director of Pro Vision, said: “Credit to Slough Borough Council for putting the right technology in place so it can make planning decisions remotely, keeping the planning system going. The online meeting went very smoothly overall, with councillors and officers able to hear our comments before debating the proposal in the usual way.
“The high-density housing will bring new residents to the location, helping to rejuvenate a growing, well-connected part of the town.
“This scheme of one and two-bedroom apartments will make a significant contribution to meeting the identified need for new housing in the borough.”
Under the revised plans, the number of new homes has increased from 60 to 75, of which 10 per cent will be affordable housing for rent.