05:44PM, Thursday 12 May 2016
No agreement has yet been reached between the Royal Borough and Maidenhead Golf Club over it giving up its lease on the Shoppenhangers Road site to release it for housing.
The 150-acre greenbelt site is owned by the council which has earmarked it for a potential 1,200 homes to help meet its quota of providing more than 700 homes a year for the next 15 years.
But the golf club’s lease on the site still has 23 years to run and club chairman Brian McGinley has confirmed negotiations with the council are continuing.
The Advertiser understands the borough has offered more than £14million, plus several years of rent-free occupation of the site, in return for the early surrender of the lease.
Mr McGinley would not confirm the details of the offer or whether he and other members were in favour of a sale.
“What I can say right now is that we have no agreement with the borough. There are ongoing discussions,” he told the Advertiser.
There are more than 700 members of the club and Mr McGinley added: “We have talked to members about the future. Our members like our course.”
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