Plans for Slough regeneration welcomed as "boost to Thames Valley"By Hugh Fort
September 25, 2012
Plans to inject £1 billion worth of investment to create a new town centre in nearby Slough have been approved.
Slough Borough Council has announced a partnership with Morgan Sindall Investments that will bring a new library and cultural centre, homes, leisure facilities and schools to the town over the next 15 years.
The project is another local regeneration partnership moving forward along with Wokingham's plans for a new town centre.
Bracknell Regeneration Partnership had to pull its plans for amendments to its town centre regeneration from a planning committee meeting last week due to the drawings not being ready.
It promises to make further announcements soon.
Councillor Marc Brunel-Walker, Bracknell Forest Council's executive member for economic development and regeneration, said: "I welcome it.
"It's a sign of a strong Thames Valley.
"I've not seen all the plans but from what I can make out is that this particular plan is leisure and housing-led, we'll have to wait and see what sort of retail mix they come up with.
"It may emerge as a shopping rival to Bracknell, but it's too early to tell. I welcome strong Thames Valley business areas."
Cllr James Swindlehurst, Slough's commissioner for neighbourhoods and renewal, said: “We are extremely pleased to be continuing the redevelopment of Slough in partnership with Morgan Sindall Investments.
“This new regeneration partnership brings new investment into the town so we can step up the development of Slough and surrounding areas, providing an important boost to jobs and local businesses.
“This LABV approach provides flexibility, ensuring the council and Morgan Sindall can respond to the community’s changing needs over time to deliver a quality, sustainable development.”
He added: “This is the biggest regeneration investment Slough has ever seen.”
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