New plans have been announced for the site of the once-famous Skindles Hotel on the Thames.

The hotel at Taplow near Maidenhead was once the most fashionable on the river. But it closed many years ago and has been semi-derelict since.

A new development brief for the future of the site which includes adjacent land and a now closed paper mill is going out for consultation

The new scheme includes a renovated hotel and a new pedestrian bridge over the river from the Buckinghamshire bank to Ray Mill Island and Boulters Lock.

An unspecified number of new homes will also be included in the development which is currently being considered by South Bucks Council before detailed planning process begins.

The move is the latest in a long saga involving the site. Last year plans were announced for 250-300 homes.

Built in 1743 as the Orkney Arms it was turned from a coaching inn to a fashionable hotel by William Skindle in 1833. Later its guests included Sir Winston Churchill and Princess Margaret.

Story dated October 25th 2012

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