Exciting regeneration to come in Chalvey
Chalvey is set to undergo further major investment and regeneration over the next five years.
Cabinet approved the latest Chalvey regeneration strategy at a meeting in November. The plans, subject to planning approval, will see up to 555 new homes, a new all-through school and four court sports facility (with community use), a new community hub and associated environmental improvements.
This would bring the total investment in Chalvey, since 2013, to more than £150m by 2023.
The council launched its vision for Chalvey in 2009 and since then the council has:
- transformed the former Thames Valley community building
- introduced a refurbished Chalvey Early Years Centre
- created 420 new school places in the refurbished old Town Hall
- created a new one-way traffic system and improved car parking
- undertaken environmental improvements, including the introduction of planters and organising community clean-ups
- installed new CCTV cameras in Ledgers Road to deal with anti-social behaviour
- resolved problems associated with ongoing complaints and anti-social behaviour in prominent sites that were abandoned and blighted for several years
- improved access to and created new sports facilities that promote health and wellbeing and realise the objective of making more people, more active more often.
Since 2013, Chalvey has seen investment projects totalling around £53m, including the construction of 111 new homes, 23 of which are affordable homes now owned by the council.
Grove Academy and Chalvey Hub
A planning application for construction of the Grove Academy was submitted in October.
As part of this, and subject to planning, Chalvey Community Centre and Chalvey Nursery will be demolished. These will be replaced by a new integrated Chalvey Hub, which will be designed to be multi-functional and as flexible as possible to accommodate the changing needs of local residents.
Work on both projects is intended to start in spring, with the school open in September and the overall project completion anticipated for November 2020.
Montem Leisure Centre
The multi-million pound new leisure centre on Farnham Road, called The Centre, will be open in the months to come (see page 3). This means the existing Montem Leisure Centre site, in Montem Lane, will be able to be redeveloped.
Slough Urban Renewal, a 50/50 partnership between the council and Morgan Sindall Investments Ltd, is set to submit a planning application for the proposed redevelopment of the Montem Leisure Centre site by August. There is the potential for up to 160 new properties, as a mixture of apartments and 2-3 bedroom houses.
The demolition of the current Montem Leisure Centre is expected to begin by June. Building works will begin in 2020.
Former Adelphi Theatre, Bath Road
The council bought this site in August and is looking at a range of options for future use. More news will be coming later in 2019.
Councillor James Swindlehurst, leader of the council, said: “We’ve been working hard to set out and shape a regeneration strategy for Chalvey over the past few years - which has at times been quite complex due to the disparate nature and ownership of the sites involved. “We have already helped broker redevelopment of the former petrol station site in Chalvey Road East and the former ‘Cross Keys Pub’ site to provide a first tranche of flagship new homes. We are now working to shape the Department for Education’s plans for a new school, to ensure it significantly improves the built environment and open space in central Chalvey.
“Through our efforts, £150m is being invested into improving Chalvey as a place. The work to bring about much-needed new housing on the Montem site will provide a marker as to the kind of quality development we now expect in Chalvey and to the quality homes we seek for our residents.”