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Planning granted for key site in £450m Slough regeneration

Plans for a key site in Development Securities’ £450 million plan to regenerate the heart of Slough has received planning permission.

The new library and cultural centre, thought to be at the heart of Slough’s regeneration, received planning subject to conditions at a council meeting last week.

The approved design joins the new bus station, which is now under construction, as another iconic landmark in the £450m project to transform the centre of the town.

The design incorporates solar panels in the roof and high efficiency gas boilers to help meet the council’s sustainability objectives.

Commissioner for neighbourhoods and renewal, Cllr James Swindlehurst, told the Maidenhead Advertiser: “It is great to see the Heart of Slough taking shape and this approval is another important step forward in revitalising the town centre.”

Building work is due to start by early 2012, with the new centre ready to use from 2013. The existing town centre library will continue to operate as normal until then.

The £450m Heart of Slough master plan received planning permission on 9 July 2009. The 29 acre site in the town centre will provide a mixture of new homes, offices, hotels and retail space.