03:00AM, Thursday 27 March 2014
About 30 members of the public were in attendance to hear about Maidenhead's regeneration at a Maidenhead Town Forum meeting last night.
The meeting, at Maidenhead Town Hall, began with town forum chairman, Cllr Philip Love (Con, Belmont), who spoke optimistically about Maidenhead’s future after being listed on the Daily Telegraph’s ‘Best Places to Invest’.
The council’s planning infrastructure and regeneration manager Gail Kenyon emphasised the need for a “firm but flexible framework” in order to increase investment with a mix of town centre homes and space for commercial growth.
The updates regarding the regeneration included:
Councillors addressed concerns that GP surgeries may not be able to cope with the number of new houses proposed.
Cllr MJ Saunders, cabinet member for planning and property, said that decisions about the health service will be made by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and not the council.
Cllr Saunders also added: “We don’t want developers who only want to do it for the money, but developers who are thinking about what they are adding to the town.”
The meeting was rounded up by the councillors encouraging people to bring their ideas to future forums which can then be assessed to see if they are feasible.
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