"Much-needed" affordable housing coming to CrowthorneBy Becky Barnes
February 26, 2013
A housing association has been given the go-ahead to build ‘much-needed’ affordable homes in Crowthorne.
Bracknell Forest Homes can now demolish the former 1960s’ sheltered housing block Rothwell House, in Wellington Road, and replace it with family homes.
The plans were given unanimous approval by Bracknell Forest Council’s planning committee last Thursday.
But the company’s designs must be amended to give neighbouring properties greater privacy.
Councillor David Worrall put forward the amendment following objections from neighbours, including one homeowner who felt the proximity of one of the housing blocks would be ‘overbearing’ on their home.
Cllr Worrall said: “I think the tidying up of the site I agree with, but I am concerned about the front block one to four and its relationship to the house. It is quite a large chunk.
“I suggest a hip roof on both ends of the block.
“If the applicant says no it will come back to the committee.”
Bracknell Forest Homes applied to demolish Rothwell House because it ‘no longer met modern standards or the aspirations of their residents’.
The company submitted plans to retain six existing bungalows and to build four three-bedroom houses for low-cost ownership and five two-bedroom houses for rent.
Planning officer Paul Corbett told councillors that the development, which would include the widening of the existing footpath would be ‘a huge enhancement with access significantly improved to benefit pedestrians’.
Cllr Colin Dudley, committee chairman, said: “This is an application which improves the area no end.
“This actually tidies that area quite nicely and is a vast improvement to what is there already.”
After the meeting Chris Withnall, Bracknell Forest Homes assets and business development director, said: “We are pleased planning approval has been granted, subject to a minor amendment to the design of one roof, which means our development of much-needed affordable family homes can progress.
“We will continue to work with the local authority and residents as development starts and we anticipate work on site beginning in May with a target completion of spring 2014.”