09:59AM, Thursday 10 April 2014
Plans to build a Stafferton Way link road and 44 new homes in Water Oakley were rubber stamped by the Royal Borough last night.
The £3.6 million link road will connect Stafferton Way with Oldfield Road and Bray Road, using a new bridge to be built over the Cut.
It will create a ring road around Maidenhead.
New roundabouts will be created where Oldfield Road meets Chauntry Road and its junction with Bridge Road and Lassell Gardens.
Councillors approved the plans at a Maidenhead development panel meeting held in Maidenhead Town Hall.
Susan Montgomery, from Bray Road, was one of four residents speaking against the plan.
She said she was concerned the link will divert heavy traffic from the A308 and A4 to the narrower Bray Road.
She said: “This new road is going to create more problems than it will solve, in taking traffic from an A-road which is designed to take large volumes of traffic and pushing it through a residential B-road.”
Concerns were also raised over the safety of children walking to the new Oldfield School in Bray Road, and traffic from the raised road overlooking homes in Green Lane.
Panel chairman Derek Wilson explained that the scheme has been in the pipeline since 1967, when it was part of the then Berkshire County Council’s transportation plan.
He said that he has a ‘great deal of sympathy’ for neighbouring residents, but added the plans have been ‘scrutinised at every level’.
Cllr Richard Kellaway (Con, Bisham and Cookham) added that it will relieve congestion towards the railway station, saying this is much needed when Crossrail brings increased passenger numbers.
Central government is putting £2million towards the scheme.
The panel was unanimous in approving the plans.
A new 44-home development in Water Oakley was also approved by the panel. The project will see the site's existing buildings demolished, including eight houses and the Phoenix Gymnastics Club.
Developer Farmglade has given the club 18-months minimum notice to leave the site, during which it will pay no rent.
Bray Parish councillor Helen Howard spoke in opposition to the plans.
She said: “The development detracts from the openness of the greenbelt, contributes to closing the gap between Windsor and Maidenhead and there is no provision for affordable housing on or off the site.”
Royal Borough councillor for Bray, David Coppinger (Con), said he ‘can’t fight’ against the development, adding the site is ‘covered in concrete’ and lacks greenbelt characteristics.
Oakley Green and Fifield Residents Association chairman Rod Ball supports the scheme, saying it is a ‘special case’ which justifies building on the greenbelt.
The panel was unanimous in approving the development.
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