Latest homes plan for Cookham Dean Post Office site rejected

Latest homes plan for Cookham Dean Post Office site rejected

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Katherine Denham

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Latest homes plan for Cookham Dean Post Office site rejected

The latest plan to demolish Cookham Dean Post Office and build two new houses on the site has been rejected.

At Maidenhead Town Hall last night, the development control panel discussed a proposal to construct two three-storey homes in place of the current 1960s building in Bigfrith Lane.

Residents spoke out at the meeting to object to the latest design, saying it would dwarf nearby houses, have inadequate parking provision, and would clash with the character of the surroundings.

Cllr Richard Kellaway (Con, Bisham and Cookham) said: “The post office is a very prominent part of Cookham and the new designs fail to take into account the nature of the village.

“I think it’s appalling.”

Twenty-five letters were submitted to the council objecting to the plan which was unanimously refused by panel members.

A proposal to build a specially adapted home on a plot of land that is at high risk of flooding was heavily debated by the panel.

The three-bedroom house in Summerleaze Road is designed to accommodate a severely physically impaired child who needs constant care.

The uncle of the child said at the meeting that the family – who own this plot of land – had exhausted all the other options.

Cllr David Coppinger (Con, Bray) said: “I’m aware that this site has not flooded in recent years, but this could change.”

Planning officer Suki Coe said: “We are concerned about putting vulnerable people in a flood risk and causing stress and strain to the family.”

Councillors also questioned whether the new build could increase the risk of flooding to other houses in the area.

Despite various concerns, councillors ignored the officer’s recommendation and approved the build on condition the house is built 300mm above the ground and an evacuation plan is in place in the event of a flood.

Also on the agenda:

  • A plan to partly demolish and renovate Cresset Towers in the High Street into a block of 11 flats was approved unanimously by the panel.
  • An application to build a ‘Huf Haus’ (prefabricated house) in Hockett End in Cookham was rejected on the grounds that the design was not exceptional or innovative enough to warrant building in the greenbelt.
  • Permission was granted to build a block of nine flats in Boyn Hill Road despite concerns about the building being too overbearing and the nearby junction being dangerous.
  • Cookham Rise Primary School in High Road was given permission to install a roof-mounted ventilation unit for the school kitchen.

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