Time extension on HFC bank housing plan to be discussed tonightBy Becky Barnes
September 20, 2012
A developer hoping to demolish a derelict bank gutted by a fire earlier this month has asked for more time to meet planning conditions.
Plans to build 22 flats at the former HFC Bank headquarters, in North Street, Winkfield, will go before Bracknell Forest Council’s planning committee tonight.
The proposals were given the go-ahead in March last year and amended plans were approved at the planning committee’s meeting in July this year, subject to conditions which needed to be fulfilled by Sunday, September 30.
A document bringing forward this planning item as an urgent matter to tonight’s meeting said progress had been made towards completing this agreement, but more time was needed because of the need for further viability assessment work relating to the affordable housing contribution.
If the committee allows an extension, the developers will have until October 31 to meet the conditions.
A fire ripped through the empty building in the early hours of Friday, September 7.
Firefighters battled the blaze, thought to have started in the roof, for four hours.
Police launched an investigation to determine whether the fire was arson but determined there was no crime.
HFC Bank moved out in January 2011.