After two years of consultation British Land’s planning application to redevelop the Queensmere Shopping Centre in Slough is now visible on the borough’s planning portal.

The firm, which is development manager for the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, says the scheme, one of the UK’s largest ever town centre transformations, has potential to provide up to 2.5 million sq ft of mixed residential, offices, retail, community and other uses.

Russell O’Hare, development director for the project, said: “Having spent several months consulting with the local community and Slough Borough Council, we are confident that our exciting proposals will bring much needed investment and activity to Slough town centre.”

As detailed in the most recent stage of consultation, the outline planning application provides a framework for:

  • Up to 1,600 new homes
  • Up to 12,000 sq m of flexible town centre spacesfor future shops, restaurants, community, leisure and education facilities
  • Up to 40,000 sq m of high-quality office space
  • Up to 3,750 sq m of ‘sui-generis’ uses –space for a potential cinema or live music venue

An area of more than 4.5 acres of public realm, will include:

  • A new town square
  • Reinstatement of historic routes
  • An urban park
  • A local square and landscaped community heart space
  • New green routes and connections across the site

The first phase would be the new town square up to 600 homes. The first homes and the town square could be delivered as early as 2026.

Subject to planning consent, the demolition of the Queensmere could start in late 2023.

The reference P/19689/000 can be searched at

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