Theresa May has given her support to proposals to designate a new conservation area in Furze Platt. The plan, which has been drawn up by local residents, would see the ‘triangle’ created by Linden Avenue, Courthouse Road and Furze Platt Road adopted as a conservation area, meaning that its character and identity could be better protected against inappropriate development. Following a recent visit to the site to meet some of the residents behind the plan, Theresa gave the proposal her backing.
The triangle forms the heart of the historic village of Furze Platt, with many properties dating back to the Victorian era. Although now a part of the Maidenhead suburbs, the area has retained a distinct identity, which would be protected and enhanced through the designation of a conservation area. If approved by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, the proposal would ensure that greater safeguards are in place against developments that threaten the character and appearance of the area. Theresa has written to the Royal Borough to express her support for the plan.
Commenting, Theresa said: “This proposal has been developed by local residents who have taken the initiative in putting it forward. This is an extremely encouraging sign of the Big Society in action and should be welcomed. A conservation area covering the Furze Platt triangle would be an appropriate recognition of its distinct character and independent identity.”
“It is to the overall benefit of the whole local area that individual identities such as that of Furze Platt are maintained, and that links with the area’s history are not lost. Local residents would certainly welcome the additional protections offered by the conservation area status in order to safeguard against inappropriate development in the future.”