Parish council will not contest Beech Lodge School planning decision


James Harrison

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A long-running battle over plans for a school to be built on greenbelt land looks to have finally been settled.

After spending almost £22,000 fighting an appeal against proposals by Beech Lodge School to construct a new campus, Bisham Parish Council has agreed to let the matter rest – but no moves will be made to bury the hatchet between the two sides.

At a meeting at Bisham Abbey on Monday, councillors voted unanimously not to contest the decision in favour of the development on land off the Henley Road, north of Maidenhead Thicket, which followed a three-day inquiry at Maidenhead Town Hall in January.

A motion by Cllr Mandy Robson Brown to take no further action against the scheme was seconded by Cllr Margaret Cubley, who said: “I think it’s just tilting at windmills – I think everything that can be said has been.”

The council allocated £30,000 to fight the appeal, with a final bill of £21,800.

It was supported in the action by the Burchetts Green Village Association.

Council chairman Cllr Alan Keene also suggested contacting the school to ‘wish them well’, but this suggestion was rejected by the other parish councillors, who said they would prefer a ‘dignified silence’.


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