Maidenhead Golf Club formally surrenders its lease to council
MAIDENHEAD Golf Club formally hands over lease of its 132-acre green land to council as controversial 2,000-home scheme nears completion.
In a joint statement, council leader Andrew Johnson (Con: Hurley & Walthams) and councilor David Coppinger (Con: Bray), member responsible for planning, announced that the exchange of contracts on the agreement to sell lease had been made with the golf club.
The site is planned in the local borough plan for more than 2,000 housing units, 30% of which are affordable, schools, open spaces and a community hub.
A planning application has not yet been presented by the developer Cala Homes.
Last year, the council bought the lease for almost £16m after an overwhelming number of club members voted for the local authority’s bid.
The new agreement allows the club to remain at the Shoppenhangers Road site until December 2025.
In the joint statement, Cllrs Johnson and Coppinger said: ‘This is a vital part of the borough’s local plan, which has now been independently assessed as sound by an Independent Planning Inspector.
“The Royal Borough is currently 83% greenbelt and although a fraction of greenbelt development will be required to meet local housing needs, 82% will still remain greenbelt. This site allocation will therefore accommodate future population growth while preventing speculative development in the borough, including on greenbelt lands elsewhere, while opening up significant areas of green space for access public, improving walking and cycling connectivity for residents.
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“We would like to thank everyone who has helped bring us to this important milestone and we look forward to recommending the local borough plan for formal adoption next Tuesday.
Campaign group Maidenhead Great Park urged council to convert the golf course into a large park via a petition signed by 4,448 – but was rejected by the ruling Tories.
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They protested outside City Hall, urging councilors to vote against the local plan to protect Greenbelt sites from development.
The plan is due to be presented to an extraordinary plenary council on Tuesday, February 8.
A third demonstration will take place in front of the town hall at 6 p.m.