"3M building" plans thrown outBy Hugh Fort
July 19, 2012
Plans for 311 flats in place of one of Bracknell's most hated eyesores have been thrown out after the developers failed to meet a deadline for a piece of vital paperwork.
Comer Homes had been hoping to demolish the Winchester House tower block, better known locally as the 3M building, and replace it with a spectacular, modern block of apartments.
However, planning law requires the company to submit a Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), detailing how the building work may affect the environment.
It has 21 days to do that after submitting an application, but has failed to meet that deadline.
As a result, the council has no choice but to throw the plans out.
Vincent Haines, head of development management at Bracknell Forest Council, said: “We received a planning application for redevelopment of Winchester House in April. Following screening of the application in accordance with the Environmental Regulations the applicants were notified of the need to submit an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
“There then followed a period of 21 days within which the applicant must either confirm that an EIA will be carried out, or that they are going to apply to the Secretary of State for a ruling that such an assessment is not required.
“The applicant did not respond to the letter following their confirmation of its receipt and we understand that no contact was made with the Secretary of State within the 21 day period.
“This failure by the applicant to respond has resulted in the application being deemed refused in accordance with the Environmental Regulations and we have written to the applicant advising them of this.
“The council remains committed to seeing the building redeveloped as soon as possible and we will work with the landowners to do all we can to make that happen.”
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