12:00PM, Wednesday 14 December 2016
Theresa May at a Save Poundfield protest in April
A decision on whether homes will be developed on a ‘jewel’ of Cookham is due to be made on Monday by Royal Borough councillors.
The Maidenhead Development Control Panel is due to choose whether it allows permission for two planning proposals, one by Oakford Homes and one by Berkeley Homes, to go ahead on Poundfield.
However, the Oakford Homes application is only advisory – councillors will not be able to determine the application, and instead will only advise the Planning Inspectorate about what its decision would have been.
Oakford Homes wants to build four homes on land next to Cookham Nursery in Lower Road, and Berkeley Homes aims to construct 28 homes off Terry’s Lane and Poundfield Lane.
The plans have met resistance from some residents and a group, Save Poundfield, campaigned against them throughout the summer, and had then-Home Secretary Theresa May MP backing Poundfield to become designated local green space.
Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber has also written against developments.
A number of residents are planning on attending the public meeting, with Cllr Andrew Nye planning on speaking against the plans.
The Cookham parish councillor described the land, between Lower Road and Terry’s Lane, as a ‘jewel of the Cookham area’ and added: “It is vitally important the panel realise how much support is against these developments.
“We have been waiting for a very, very long time for this to happen.”
He added the developers had not dealt ‘with issues they have to deal with’, including archaeology on the site.
Cllr Nye said he preferred developments to go ahead on brownfield sites and worried what would happen to designated green spaces elsewhere if the plans were approved.
Royal Borough documents that will be presented to the panel say ‘the association of Cookham with the work of Sir Stanley Spencer puts the Cookham High Street Conservation Area at an international level of importance’.
Berkeley Homes and Oakford Homes have been contacted for comment.
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