09:19AM, Monday 01 February 2016
Controversial plans for an Islamic community centre in Dedworth and the proposed redevelopment of a Windsor caravan park will be discussed by the town’s urban development control panel on Wednesday.
The meeting, usually held at Windsor Guildhall, has been moved to Royal Windsor Racecourse to make room for an expected increase of people in the public gallery.
An application by the Windsor Muslim Association to convert the unused Vestel offices in Dedworth Road into a centre that offers after-school education for children and a prayer facility tops the agenda.
The borough’s planning department has received 151 letters supporting the application and 233 opposing it.
Panel members have been recommended to refuse planning permission for the community centre due to a ‘significant lack of on-site parking’ which could lead to traffic congestion.
Planning officers also say that, if approved, the proposal could cause noise and disturbance to neighbours due to the ‘comings and goings’ of those using the facility.
The proposed redevelopment of the Tingdene Racecourse Caravan Park, in Maidenhead Road, will also be discussed by panel members.
Site owner Tingdene Parks Limited wants to replace the 50 caravans now on the site with 39 timber caravan lodges.
The holiday park is on greenbelt land but Tingdene says the site is dated and needs improving to attract holidaymakers to the area.
Holiday home owners using the caravan park were issued with eviction notices in September which gave them three months to leave the site.
One caravan owner, who did not wish to be named, called the decision to issue eviction notices ‘the death of a holiday park’.
An application by Eton College for a single storey extension to provide additional science teaching facilities also forms part of the lengthy agenda set to be discussed by the panel.
The meeting at the racecourse in Maidenhead Road starts at 7pm.
Update: The application for the Islamic community centre has now been withdrawn. Click here for the full story.
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