Decision on 'Badnells bridge' set to be made by the Royal Borough

Decision on 'Badnells bridge' set to be made by the Royal Borough

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Nicola Hine

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Decision on 'Badnells bridge' set to be made by the Royal Borough

After months of wrangling a decision over the controversial 'Badnells bridge' is set to be made by the Royal Borough on Wednesday.

Unusually, developers Shanly Homes has submitted two opposing applications relating to the Badnells development.

The first proposes the bridge, which would provide a safe pedestrian escape route across Town Moor between Blackamoor Lane and the police station, be given the go-ahead.

But the second asks that the development of the St Mary's Park site proceed without it - leaving councillors to make the final decision.

Should the bridge be left out, Shanly Homes would provide 'enhanced flood evacuation plans and contributions' instead.

Concerns have been raised about its impact on the moor by groups including the Ramblers' Association and Maidenhead Civic Society.

But the Environment Agency has objected to its removal from plans on the grounds of it posing an 'unacceptable risk' to health and safety.

The plans will be discussed at a Maidenhead development control panel meeting at the town hall.

See today's Advertiser for a full report.

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