Outline plans for 60 new flats at the “gateway to Slough” have been given the green light.

Developers want to knock down the office and the tyre and exhaust centre at 426-430 Bath Road, near Burnham railway station, and redevelop the double plot to build 60 apartments with decked car parking and landscaping.

The new homes will be a mix of one, two and three-bedroom flats.

The office building and garage are due to become vacant later this year when the tenants relocate, according to Pro Vision, which has submitted the application on behalf of Feltham Properties Ltd.

Writing in the design and planning statement, Pro Vision said the scheme would make a “significant contribution to meeting the identified demand for new housing” in the borough.

It said: “While contemporary in nature and in outline only at this stage, the proposed scheme takes its design cues from the surrounding development and its prominent position on a busy main route into and out of the town centre.

“As part of an Area for Major Change, it is also appropriate for the proposed scheme to seek to set the tone for continuing the process of transition of this part of the town to a contemporary, mixed-use and higher density urban environment.

“The proposed design concept is a contemporary residential development of relatively large scale to maximise the efficient use of the site, and create a high-quality landmark building for this prominent location.”

Slough Borough Council’s planning committee gave the outline plans the green light subject to conditions, which Pro Vision says are now met.

The firm’s planning director, James Iles, said: “This regeneration scheme, in an area of the town earmarked for improvement, will provide 60 new homes and modernise the built environment.

“The site benefits from good access to the forthcoming Crossrail services, so redevelopment for housing is a more effective use. Our task was to secure the principle of development and the key development parameters with detailed design to follow.”

Sean Bates, managing director of Feltham Properties, said: “We are very excited about this landmark scheme which will provide at least 60 high quality apartments in this pivotal location next to Burnham Station and Crossrail.

“We are also appreciative of the local authorities' appetite for regeneration and the positive impact their work is having upon the district.

“We are currently progressing the details of the scheme and intend at the moment to start construction in quarter two of 2020.”

The firm will now submit a full planning application with details about the layout of the development, its appearance and a detailed landscaping strategy.