Oldfield School move decision - follow our live blog of the meeting

Oldfield School move decision - follow our live blog of the meeting

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Nicola Hine

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Oldfield School move decision - follow our live blog of the meeting

A decision over controversial plans to move Oldfield Primary School is set to be made tonight.

The Advertiser team will be reporting live from the meeting via a blog which will be launched on the Maidenhead Advertiser website at 7pm.

Readers can also follow the @MaidenheadAds Twitter account for regular updates.

The decision-making planning panel is set to hear from speakers for and against the proposal at an extraordinary public meeting at the Holiday Inn in Shoppenhangers Road, Maidenhead.

The £9m plan by the Royal Borough to move the school from Chiltern Road to a field off Bray Road has been heavily criticised by opponents.

They say the build would be completely inappropriate as it is a greenbelt field and in a floodplain.

But more than 800 people have signed the Oldfield Action Group's petition supporting the move to Bray Road.

The action group says a new site is needed as Oldfield Primary, named as one of the best state-run schools in the country, is oversubscribed.

The borough has also considered alternative projects which are yet to be ruled out.

These include building over Green Lane allotments, or adding a storey to the Chiltern Road site.

The meeting venue will have space for 300 members of the public to attend.

A decision was pushed back at a meeting of the development control panel in September because members wanted 'further answers' before making a final call on the matter.

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