03:12AM, Monday 31 March 2014
Maidenhead MP Theresa May has given her support to building a new hospital at Junction 8/9 of the M4, saying it should be given priority ahead of housing.
The Home Secretary was speaking in response to the Borough Local Plan consultation.
The local plan sets a target of building of 12,000 households by 2030. Its consultation asked residents their opinions on building homes in 23 greenbelt sites across the Royal Borough.
One of the sites is a triangle of land near the motorway junction. Mrs May stated today that she would prefer a hospital to be built there, saying it should be ‘considered the priority on this site’.
Dr Phillip Lee, Conservative MP for Bracknell, is behind the vision for a ‘superhospital’ on the site.
Mrs May also said that rejuvenating Maidenhead Town Centre should be a ‘top priority’, called for robust rules on traveller sites, and emphasised that greenbelt land should only built on in ‘exceptional circumstances’.
She said “There is a clear need to address population growth and provide more houses, but at the same time we must protect what is best about the local area including its greenbelt land, open countryside, nature and wildlife, and historic sites and buildings.”
“I welcome the Royal Borough’s overall vision and particularly their support for the rejuvenation of Maidenhead town centre.
"We must ensure that any future development is suitable for the area and that we avoid development on the greenbelt as far as is possible.”
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