Maidenhead revamp bid given planning boost

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Image caption The council will formally adopt the plan later in the summer

A scheme to regenerate a Berkshire town has passed a key milestone after the planning inspector described the proposals as "sound".

The 20-year plan for Maidenhead features retail facilities and housing as well as a new concert venue.

The Area Action Plan (AAP) was examined by planning inspector David Hogger who gave it a glowing report.

He said that it will deliver growth, stimulate regeneration and protect environmentally sensitive areas.

He also added that it will provide a focus for the revitalisation of the town centre.

The council has welcomed the conclusion and believes it will send out a positive message to potential developers, landlords and property agents.

Councillor Richard Kellaway said: "The regeneration of Maidenhead is a council priority and the stamp of approval for the AAP is a significant step forward.

"The plan stood up to intense public scrutiny by the inspector and now we have a document fit to meet the challenges ahead."

The council will formally adopt the plan later in the summer, subject to two small areas of change recommended by the inspector.

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