Like most of Berkshire , major regeneration plans are in place which will change the face of Maidenhead.
Add in easy access to London and Heathrow Airport and it’s little wonder the area is so desirable.
And there are several major regeneration projects going on in the town that it is hoped will enhance it further.
Here are some of the big plans which are either finished, underway or on the way in the town.
Watermark, York Road
Work has begun on a £94 million development in York Road will see 229 homes, as well as a community space and food outlets built by the town’s waterways.
The development is the first to be carried out by the Royal Borough Development Partnership, a collaboration between the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and Maidenhead and Countryside.
Of the 229 homes being built 88 will be affordable.
There is 20,000 sq ft of new restaurant, café, community and heritage space, as well as a river walkway and improved pedestrian and cycle routes.
Speaking in March 2019 former leader of the council, Simon Dudley, said: “Watermark will provide much needed housing in the heart of the town centre which we will be offered to our residents on a ‘first dibs’ meaning residents who live, work or were born in the borough will get priority.”
Nicholsons Shopping Centre
Tikehau Capital acquired the town’s main shopping centre in March, and a major regeneration is planned.
It is understood the long term plan is to develop a new centre with housing, shops, leisure use and office space.
Consultation sessions were held earlier this year, and plans are expected later in 2019.
Maidenhead Golf Course
This is a massive plan.
RBWM has partnered with CALA Homes for the project, which could eventually see 2,000 homes, a new primary and secondary school, public open space, a community hub and new roads and infrastructure provided.
The council sees the golf course in Shoppenhangers Road as an ideal housing site, near to Maidenhead train station and the town centre.
The club was hoping to relocate after the sale, but has yet to agree on a new home.
The golf club remains open and no plans have been submitted.
The scene of a spectacular fire in a derelict nightclub earlier this year , The Landing is a town centre project which will eventually see 424 homes built.
The project also proposes 100,000 sq ft of office space, 40,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space and extensive new public realm (seating areas and public spaces).
The plans were approved in November 2018 and demolition started earlier this year.
Elmwood Gate, Oldfield Road
A slightly smaller application, but significant nonetheless, Berkshire developer Shanly Homes was given permission to build 67 homes in Oldfield Road in April 2018.
The development is being built on the former home of Thames Auto Sales and the Amber Centre.
Shanly Homes is involved in a number of developments around Maidenhead.
One that is finished is the Picturehouse.
The development is done and all the riverside apartments have been sold.
Another completed development, these flats contain an amphitheatre which hosts local events.
It also has an artisan bakery and coffee shop within the development.
The final part of the development, the Waterside Quarter, is now underway.
The first stage was to demolish part of the Sainsbury’s car park.
It is hoped the development will be completed in 2020/21.
It will see 166 one, two and three bedroom apartments with underground parking.
There will also be 14,000 sq ft of shops, restaurants, cafés and offices.
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