04:00PM, Saturday 27 June 2015
Consultation on an application to redevelop the site of Windsor's old fire station has closed.
With the opening of a new £40,000 fire station in Tinkers Lane in March, the old fire station site in St Marks Road sits unused.
The application was submitted by planning agents Carter Planning LTD on behalf Vanderbilt Homes.
The plan proposes five four-bedroom town houses and an apartment block with nine two-bedroom apartments.
The five houses will face St Marks Road, each with two off-street car parking spaces and a private garden.
The apartment building will be located to the back of the site with a parking space for each flat as well as private terraces or balconies and a communal landscaped area.
A pre-application was submitted in November last year to the Royal Borough’s planning officer, who said there was no problem with the notion of redeveloping the site for housing.
In a design and access statement, architects Edgington Spink and Hyne said: “The proposals have been designed to have a positive impact on the character and appearance of the area and upon the adjacent conservation areas.”
Planning manager at Vanderbilt Homes Nathan Craker said the company will work with the council and neighbours to ‘secure a development of exceptional quality’.
He said: “Following the fire authority’s relocation to Tinkers Lane there is now the opportunity to replace the redundant buildings with a development that we, our immediate neighbours and the town can be very proud of.
“The site has been designed in a sympathetic contemporary style to reflect and respect the traditional Victorian street within which it sits and we hope that people will like and support the design approach taken.”
The proposed development will not include any affordable homes and prices are yet to be confirmed.
The principle planning officer for the borough said that as it is a ‘major application’, a target date of September 16 has been set for a decision.
An independent report into a Conservative councillor has found a breach of the Royal Borough’s code of conduct in a document seen by the Advertiser.