Neighbours have their say on Claires Court expansion

Grace Witherden


A public consultation gave neighbours the chance to have their say on the Claires Court expansion plans which include merging its three campuses and the development of 220 homes.

The independent school, which has three sites across Maidenhead, is looking to combine them to create a new single campus at the site of its Junior Boys school at Ridgeway, off Cannon Lane.

The consultation ran over Friday and Saturday at the school, and featured detailed boards of the designs so parents and concerned neighbours could have their say.

The sites in College Avenue, Ray Mill Road East and part of the Ridgeway site will be redeveloped into housing by Berkeley Homes, and the new school campus will be able to hold just under 1,200 pupils at full capacity. The schools currently have 1,090 pupils.

There would be a total of 11 homes built on the Ray Mill Road East site, 53 in College Avenue, and 157 on land near Ridgeway by the Berkeley Group. Of these 30 per cent will be affordable homes.

The scheme would also include new access to the site off Cannon Lane near Farmers Way.

Speaking at the consultation, Eugene Reid, one of the architects for the new school campus said: "When designing the scheme the school have been aware of the community and how it will impact the neighbours.

"The senior building, although three storeys, will be sunken into the ground so all the buildings will be the same height.

Hugh Wilding, administrative principal, said he was delighted 300 people attended the consultation.

He added: "We would like to thank all those who have taken the time to get in touch and share their thoughts. We will take all local feedback into consideration whilst we finalise our plans.

"Our current buildings are old and in need of renovation; Claires Court must secure a new campus if we are to continue providing the high quality education that Maidenhead demands. As well as a modem campus, the plans also include new sports pitches and a multi-sports pavilion which are facilities we are keen to share with the local community.”

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