Friday, 20 July 2018

Mews redevelopment to begin next month

A MAJOR redevelopment in Henley town centre will start next month.

A MAJOR redevelopment in Henley town centre will start next month.

The renovation of Market Place Mews is expected to take about 14 months to complete.

Town councillors are concerned about the disruption the work will cause to King’s Road car park, which will be used to access the building site.

The entrance closest to the junction with Market Place will be used by lorries only, with all other traffic having to use the entrance from the roundabout at the other end of the car park.

Speaking at a meeting of the town council’s planning committee, Councillor Simon Smith said he and town clerk Janet Wheeler had met representatives of the developers.

He said: “They did take on board the recommendations about where we thought the lorries should come in and out — not down Reading Road or White Hill. There may be a problem with lorries coming down Fair Mile and swinging into King’s Road. If they are trying to swing in from that direction they need to swing round that roundabout.

“We need to be prepared for huge disruption in King’s Road car park. It is going to cause a lot of problems.”

Councillor Will Hamilton said the town had coped with large lorries during the redevelopment of Townlands hospital.

Plans to redevelop the mews into 14 flats and  16,000 sq ft of retail space were approved in 2007 but the development has suffered repeated setbacks.

The land used to be owned by the DeStefano Property Group, a parent company of London and Henley Properties, but last year the company went into administration and the site was sold to asset managers Catalyst Capital.

Catalyst Capital told Mayor Julian Brookes in February that it planned to develop the space using the existing planning permission.

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