Langley hub moves closer

Plans to demolish Langley’s Merrymakers pub to make way for new housing and a multi-use community hub are set for

The plans will be discussed at Slough Council’s cabinet meeting on Monday 14 March, 2016.

Officers will set out next steps for the Trelawney Avenue regeneration project at the meeting, including the demolition of the current building, with the final mix of facilities and a design of the new centre expected to be ready for approval by June.

Since members last discussed the proposals in November 2015, Slough’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has received backing from NHS England to press ahead with plans to move the existing GP practice in Willow Parade to the new hub.

The CCG is expected to submit a final business case for approval next month.

Thames Valley Police has also confirmed its intention to set-up a “touch down space” at the hub after relinquishing its lease at Langley Police Station.

The joint venture to develop the hub would be a partnership between the council and Raw Investments.

The hub will also house library and adult social care services, as well as providing a flexible space for local voluntary and community groups.

The remainder of the site will be used for housing, with up to 16 rental properties planned.

Stephen Gibson, head of asset management at Slough Borough Council, said: “We’ve made a lot of progress in recent months and we’re particularly pleased NHS England is on board.

“We’re hoping this will pave the way for work to begin in the summer.”

Councillor James Swindlehurst, deputy leader and commissioner for neighbourhoods and renewal, said: “Having a hub where people can access various different services all under the one roof makes sense for a number of reasons – it will be a more efficient use of resources, make the centre a destination at the heart of Langley, and encourage more joined up working between the council and other public service partners.

“I’m also pleased we’ll be able to provide some much-needed affordable housing on the site.”

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