Lib Dems set up petition to save 'precious' greenbelt

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Grace Witherden

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A petition has been set up to save Maidenhead’s ‘precious’ greenbelt following the latest draft of the Borough Local Plan.

Maidenhead Lib Dems said ‘last minute’ proposals by the council to build on greenbelt came as a ‘huge shock’ to residents.

Cllr Simon Werner (Lib Dem, Pinkneys Green) said: “We’ve been through this all before. These sites were rejected by residents before the election, now they have brought them all back as if nothing has changed.

“In their manifesto they said they were not going to build on greenbelt, now they’re doing exactly that. We’ve been misled.”

The petition lists four sites including Spencers Farm, land between Long Lane and Whyteladyes Lane, land on Strande Lane, and ‘various’ other sites in Cox Green.

Cllr Werner also slammed the decision for the consultation to be held in December when people are ‘more concerned about Christmas than consultation’. He said: “There are lots of brown field sites for new homes around the borough without touching our precious green belt.”

Cllr Derek Wilson (Con, Oldfield) cabinet member for planning, said: “National planning policy expects local plans meet all their housing need; housing is a key issue for us all, if we can meet local housing demands within the borough then we should do so.

“The draft plan seeks how this could be achieved and will be available from Friday 2 December to Friday 13 January, giving residents and stakeholders sufficient time to view the proposals. I would encourage as many people as possible to engage with this.”

The petition can be viewed at www.maidenheadlibdems.co.uk

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