11:00AM, Thursday 22 September 2016
Housing due to be built on Maidenhead Golf Club will be discussed during a Royal Borough meeting on Monday.
The Cabinet Regeneration Sub-committee will meet at the Guildhall in Windsor to consider how to pursue the construction of up to 2,000 new homes on the golf course in Shoppenhangers Road.
The club itself has formed a committee to determine its future, including whether members will try to arrange the purchase of a new course.
It will be composed of both the members and representatives of the club’s board.
Cllr Simon Dudley, leader of the council and chairman of the sub-committee, said the development will be necessary to ‘help everyone get on the housing ladder’.
He added: “I am a keen golfer. It is not something I take delight in, a house being built on a golf course.
“We are under tremendous pressure to build new homes.
“We live in a world where we have to make difficult decisions.”
He added he was looking at a target of making 30 per cent of the homes affordable, and the council would give an advance on the money it will pay the club to surrender the lease early if it is used to buy a new course.
The club surrendered its lease on the 132-acre plot to the council in July, and the homes will contribute towards the borough’s local plan target of building 10,000 homes by 2032.
The report councillors will discuss on Monday recommends a budget of £250,000 for appointing a consultancy team to provide advice on aspects such as planning strategy, infrastructure and land arrangements.
That team would then report back to the sub-committee by March next year and, based on the advice, councillors could then decide about submitting an outline planning application.
Building could begin as early as the end of 2019.
Brian McGinley, chairman of the golf club board, said he was sad the club would leave, but accepted the construction needed to happen.
He said: “We have been there for many, many years.
“There are not many areas around, particularly where the council owns the land and can put homes on.”