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Claires Court reveals plan for £36m campus and 221 homes

Proposals for a new Claires Court campus and the redevelopment of the independent school’s existing sites to create 221 homes have been submitted to the Royal Borough.

The £36m campus would merge the school’s existing sites in College Avenue and Ray Mill Road, with pupils relocating to the new facility at the site of Claires Court’s Junior Boys school at Ridgeway, off Cannon Lane.

The school has teamed up with Berkeley Homes, which plans to redevelop the three sites to build 157 homes at Cannon Lane, 53 in College Avenue and 11 at Ray Mill Road.

The new homes, which would include 30 per cent affordable housing, would help to finance the school's development.

Claires Court is the largest independent day school in the borough, providing education for about 1,100 boys and girls, aged three to 18.

The new campus would allow the school to reach its full capacity of 1,190 pupil places.

Hugh Wilding, administrative principal at Claires Court, said the development was vital to ensure the long-term future of the school.

He said: Claires Court has gone from strength to strength over the years.

“However, our existing school buildings are old, costly to upkeep and increasingly unsuitable for delivering the high-quality education our parents require us to deliver.

“Our new school campus, with purpose-built learning and sporting facilities, is designed to provide for the long-term future of the school on a sustainable basis and deliver an exceptional learning experience for future generations of pupils.”

The campus will also serve as a permanent new home to Maidenhead Hockey Club, whose members will share the new sports facilities.

The school, which was founded by the parents of current principals Hugh and James Wilding in 1960, started consulting over the scheme in July 2016.

It faced opposition from a residents group, Cox Green Says No, which raised concerns over

infrastructure and increased traffic.

A petition set up by the group to stop the expansion received more than 2,350 signatures.

Addressing the concerns, Mr Wilding said the proposals would reduce traffic congestion around the two town centre school sites and there would be a new roundabout and road widening on Cannon Lane to service a new access road to the campus.

Five linked applications, two from Claires Court and three from Berkeley Homes, were submitted to the council on Friday, December 22.

The plans have not yet been validated by the plannign department.

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  • Pursuer

    17:05, 15 January 2018

    Endless new houses-How many people know & how many developers & RBWM care that the SE Water area is now listed as 'stressed' so all homes within the SE Water area will be compulsorily fitted with water meters during 2018 to cut usage. Why are we 'stressed' simple lack of rainfall and excessive building programme. There is more than enough water elsewhere and vacant space- e.g. Cumbria, but it seems the new home seekers don't want to go & live there..Just for the record I have a water meter and have had for several years. That was my choice.

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  • livingmdh

    11:11, 05 January 2018

    Good comments... But surprising part about maidenhead community is always make comments when there is a school expansion or new school construction comes in. In last 5 years Shanley, Berkley, Linden homes have constructed 100's of properties on green belt (One such example is construction of 1Million+ worth of properties next to river thames, and no one is bothered to oppose such constructions. Is this because every one is keen to make an investment? Council is not thinking of new schools and Private schools taking an opportunities to expand their schools, it does make sense... as Private schools would think in their business sense. But at last these kind of investment coming in for good cause right? This is not a place where green belt is been used for construction. When you go to bracknell through A329 right hand stretch acres of green belt land being used to construct new homes. Coming back to Thames river side Berkley properties these properties being built in flood prone areas that to between two rivers (Thames and jubily). My conclusion is we should oppose, but not always school expansions.... we should equally oppose green belt constructions, but the current reality is population is exploding in borough and more business coming in and hence more house constructions and more school and hence we need to go with the flow rather than thinking too much.. who knows one day we all might say, Maidenhead is not good to live because of lack of nature beauty.

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    • paulshrimpton

      15:03, 09 January 2018

      We don't oppose this development just because it's a school. We oppose it because it offers nothing but a wealth creation opportunity for Claires Court patrons, and will create untold problems for locals who live, study, and work in Cox Green. Traffic (with it's resulting health and environmental impact), services (including gas, water, electricity, sewerage) will all become stretched beyond capacity, schools and healthcare services -already at capacity - will be vastly oversubscribed, and all this without considering the fact that so much greenbelt will be destroyed. Just to line the pockets of the Wilding brothers even further.

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  • bobbennington

    17:05, 04 January 2018

    The concreting of agricultural land in the greenbelt to enable a private, profit-making business to sell its existing land at an inflated price is disgusting.

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