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Borough Local Plan consultation opens today

Concerns were raised at a cabinet meeting over the decision to hold the Borough Local Plan consultation during the Christmas period.

The consultation, which begins today (Friday) and ends on Friday, January 13, will see residents have their say on the latest draft of the plan.

Members of the public packed in to Maidenhead Town Hall for the cabinet meeting where the issue was discussed, which took place on Thursday, November 24.

The Borough Local Plan sets out the planning policy until 2032 and the borough has set itself a target of building 14,000 homes.

But concerns were raised at the meeting about infrastructure plans in place for the additional thousands of homes that will be built, and the timing of the consultation.

Cllr Derek Wilson (Con, Oldfield), cabinet member for planning presented the report at the meeting and said he believed the six-week consultation was ‘sufficient’ for people to submit comments.

He also said a report on infrastructure would be released in March.

Sites earmarked for development include Maidenhead Golf Club, Spencers Farm, Woodlands Park Avenue, Boyn Valley Road and the Magnet Leisure Centre in Holmanleaze.

Cllr Wilson said: “The Borough Local Plan affects us all as this is about homes, leisure centres and new schools as well as a wide range of other amenity sites that could be developed in the next 17 years.

“I would encourage everyone to get involved and have their say. This plan will affect you and your community and it is important you give us your views.

“The adopted plan will provide certainty to residents, businesses, local developers and others on what the development strategy is and future land uses within the borough.”

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Simon Werner (Lib Dem, Pinkneys Green) said he was ‘deeply disappointed’ the council had refused a request he made to extend the deadline to the end of January.

“Carrying out a consultation over the Christmas period seems to me an attempt to try and limit responses from the residents,” he said. “It’s a classic trick.”

Visit www3.rbwm.gov.uk/blp to have your say on the plans.

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