16 April, 2020
Whilst Spelthorne Borough Council is working tirelessly to support residents through the pandemic crisis, a number of projects including key housing delivery projects which are vital for the future success of the Borough are continuing in line with government guidance.
A planning application was submitted on 15 April for the development of 140 flats, flexible commercial and retail space, associated landscaping and parking at Thameside House in South Street, Staines, to improve and increase the range of housing options for the Borough. The Council, committing to its corporate priority of creating a clean and safe environment for the Borough, has said that the development will be built to high energy efficient standards for housing. If the application is approved, the work on this £44 million scheme will start at the end of 2020 and take up to two years.
Spelthorne Borough Council and the design team have been working closely with The South East Design Review Panel to ensure the proposal will offer a fantastic place to live for residents in the Borough. The Panel, which is made up of many award-winning industry professionals, have provided input on the design aspects of the project which will offer potential residents the highest standard of living.
Cllr Helen Harvey, Portfolio Holder for Investment Management and Regeneration, said: "This development represents another significant step in Spelthorne Council's wider plan to rejuvenate Staines-upon-Thames. The work done with industry experts on the design concept for Thameside House will certainly set a benchmark for other developers looking to build in our town centre. It is also a significant step forwards in rebuilding our asset base."
Cllr Brar, Portfolio Holder for Housing, adds that: "Spelthorne Council takes its responsibility to improve its housing options very seriously. It is important that we provide Borough-wide housing that meets a wide range of diverse needs to ensure Spelthorne continues to prosper both socially and economically. Following consultation, the overall feedback was to focus residential development in our most sustainable and central location, Staines-upon-Thames."
The Council has identified a need for more rental homes to be built in the Borough, this development will allow Spelthorne to become part of the housing solution for our community. More importantly it will demonstrate the Council leads the way in the type of rental housing currently being offered in the sector by offering state-of-the art design, higher quality services and consistent management, which are all desirable features for potential tenants.
Thameside House will form part of the developing Masterplan for Staines-upon-Thames to deliver the revitalisation of the town centre. Along with other recent acquisitions, the Council is looking to explore the possibility of installing a flagship library in The Elmsleigh Centre and identifying whether any unused space has the potential for community and leisure initiatives.
Housing and economic development are two of the Council's four key priorities and they will grow in importance as the Council continues to deliver its ambitious housing and regeneration programme across the Borough to help meet the needs of its residents.
To comment on the planning application, visit https://my.spelthorne.gov.uk/planningpublisher.aspx?requesttype=parsetemplate&template=DCSearch.tmpltand enter planning application number 20/00344/FUL.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, we have temporarily extended our neighbour consultation period for all major* planning applications to 28 days. We will also continue to accept letters of representation on all planning applications up until a decision is made. Visit https://www.spelthorne.gov.uk/planning for full details.