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Proposals revealed for hundreds of homes in Horlicks factory site

More than 750 new homes could fill Slough’s iconic Horlicks factory after proposals to redevelop the site were released by Slough Borough Council (SBC) today (Tuesday).

The future looked uncertain for the instantly recognisable factory in Stoke Poges Lane after GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced plans to close the site in July last year.

SBC has now published pre-planning application proposals for 766 homes on the site including houses, a landscaped route through the site including a war memorial.

The main historic building, which dates back to 1908, would be converted into flats and have some changes made.

To preserve the building’s look, SBC says it wants to keep the factory’s external form, the chimney to the east and key parts of the inside including the ballroom.

“Although the proposals are only schematic at this point, the proposal strikes a balance between preserving  the most significant part of the factory site and the internal features of interest while seeking to regenerate the site and put the heritage asset to a new use,” says the report.

The council adds that a ‘substantial portion’ of homes would be family sized.

The Horlicks factory is not a listed building, prompting concerns that it might be knocked down or altered beyond all recognition after GSK’s announcement, however the company, which still owns the building, says it does not intend to do this.

SBC’s report says that Historic England have been asked to consider the building for listing and that a decision is expected to be made in the next few weeks but that the council’s conservation advisor does not think there is a strong case.

The report also includes proposals for a variety of housing including family and affordable housing on the site of the Akzo Nobel and National Grid sites on Wexham Road and Uxbridge Road.

The planning committee’s report provides an update on emerging redevelopment sites for the council’s local plan 2013-2036.

It will be discussed at a public meeting at St Martins Place, Bath Road on Wednesday, February 21 from 6.30pm.

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  • Captain Bingley

    23:11, 18 February 2018

    I see SBC have handed over some of the housing at Wexham Green to newly arrived Syrian refugees, whilst local families are still sitting on waiting lists after many years. This is wrong. Locals come before refugees. If we do not have enough housing for locals, then the refugees need to go elsewhere. No ifs no buts.

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  • Captain Bingley

    23:11, 18 February 2018

    I see SBC have handed over some of the housing at Wexham Green to newly arrived Syrian refugees, whilst local families are still sitting on waiting lists after many years. This is wrong. Locals come before refugees. If we do not have enough housing for locals, then the refugees need to go elsewhere. No ifs no buts.

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  • be_ transparent

    22:10, 13 February 2018

    According to the Berkshire Strategic Housing Market Assessment which the Slough Local Plan is based on they guess we need 875 homes per annum just to cope with growth. However, if you look at the governments new National Insurance Numbers for Overseas citizens issued for year 2016/2017 for Slough it shows 4,445 new registrants for 2016/2017 ! Unfortunately these 750 new homes to be built will be outweighed by the much larger number of new arrivals to Slough every year. Its a reality no-one on the council wants to talk about, but of course there are some basic sums at work here that don't seem to add up to me.

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