Council leader makes assurances about Thrift Wood Farm open space

Grace Witherden


The leader of the Royal Borough has made a firm assurance that housing will not be built at Thrift Wood Farm while he is in the top job.

Cllr Simon Dudley (Con, Riverside) spoke at a full council meeting yesterday at Maidenhead Town Hall and told members that the land would only be used for ‘open space’.

The 86-acre farm in Cox Green was purchased by the council at an auction on Wednesday, July 20 for £725,000.

Cllr Jack Rankin (Con, Park Without) apologised to council members that no consultation had taken place over the decision, saying the ‘opportunity arose at short notice’

Cllr Simon Werner (Lib Dem, Cox Green) called for a covenant to be put on the land to protect it from future development.

He asked: “For the sake of transparency so the public can hear this, there will be no housing built on the site?”

Cllr Dudley said it was an ‘inspired decision’ for the council to purchase this land at short notice.

He said: “The site is intended to be public open space,  I certainly won’t be leader for a long time, but all I can say, whilst I am leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, there will be no housing on this site. It was purchased for public open space.”


Other matters discussed at the meeting included:

- A update was given from Cllr Rankin about the regeneration of Maidenhead. The council agreed it would like to see Maidenhead become the ‘jewel of the Thames’

- The council adopted the charging schedule for the Community Infrastructure Levy

- Cllr Simon Dudley proposed changing panel memberships from five to six on the Visitor Management Forum and from seven to eight on the Employment Panel

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