Housing plans for Braywick Road, Cookham and Shurlock Row refused

Housing plans for Braywick Road, Cookham and Shurlock Row refused

Simon Meechan

Housing plans for Braywick Road, Cookham and Shurlock Row refused

Proposals to build homes in Braywick Road, Cookham’s High Road and in Shurlock Row were blocked by the Royal Borough at Maidenhead Town Hall last night.

But the Maidenhead Development Control Panel approved a two house development near Clarefield Drive in Pinkneys Green.

The plan to build nine houses at 88-90 Braywick Road had been recommended for refusal in a report by borough planning officers.

It said the development would ‘not assimilate well’ with the area.

A man who lives next door to 88-90 Braywick Road spoke at the meeting, saying it would be ‘a gross over development’ to put nine houses in place of one.

He added it would cause a strain on parking, and criticised a lack of access for emergency vehicles.

Planning agent Paul Butt spoke in support, saying the homes would ‘provide a great standard of living for future residents.’

After a lengthy debate the panel voted to reject the proposal.

Plans to tear down Bellman Hanger in Shurlock Row and replace it with four  five-bedroom houses were also refused by the panel, who followed council officers’ recommendation.

Speaking about the Bellman Hanger proposal, Cllr  Maureen Hunt (Con, Hurley and Walthams) said: “It’s not fit for the village, it doesn’t suit the village.”

Cllr Leo Walters (Con, Bray) criticised the ‘executive’ style of housing, saying it does not blend in with the area.

A proposal to build five houses near to Grey Russett in Cookham High Road were also blocked.

Cllr John Stretton (Con, Bisham and Cookham) said the development ‘would be far too much in that area of Cookham Rise’.

The plans included adding a single storey side and two storey rear extension to the existing house.

But an idea to build two detached homes behind Clarefield Drive and Clarefield Close was rubber-stamped, despite criticism from neighbouring home owners.

Giles Wilcox, who lives in the area, said it will ‘not be remotely integrated with its surroundings'.

However, Jake Collinge, speaking in support, said the plans are ‘an acceptable and approvable form of development, and one that is conforming with all your planning policies'.

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