Last minute proposals from the Conservative Borough Council to build on our precious Green Belt, have come as a huge shock to local residents.
A while ago, Conservative proposals to build on a number of Green Belt sites across Maidenhead and Cookham were firmly rejected by local people.
Now with only a couple of months to go before the Local Plan goes live, the Conservatives have put these sites back on the list for building.
Cllr Fiona Hewer, Cookham Parish Council said “Another consultation, over Christmas, when people are less likely to respond is a bad decision by the Conservative Borough Council. What we need is Borough Councillors who listen to us the first time.”
Among the Green Belt proposals previously rejected but now back on the list are:
- Spencers Farm – the land to the north of Aldebury Road
- Land between Long Lane and Whyteladyes Lane in Cookham
- Land on Strande Lane (opposite the ‘chicken farm’) also in Cookham
- Various other sites including Cox Green
Lib Dem Borough Cllr Simon Werner said, “The Conservatives are blaming pressure from other local councils for the changes. However local Lib Dems have being saying for years that the council should be working cooperatively with other councils to avoid exactly this happening.”
He continued, “We need to build homes for our local people, but any construction needs to be sustainable with the necessary economic and infrastructure plans in place and any new homes need to be priced so that they are affordable to local people.”
“There are lots of brown field sites for new homes around the Borough without touching out precious green belt.”
Please do sign our petition against building on this vital Green Belt Land
We the undersigned oppose the last minute attempt by the council to take land out of the Green Belt as part of the local plan – particularly
- HA21 Spencers Farm
- HA40 between Long Lane and Whyteladyes Lane
- HA 39 Strande Lane (opposite the ‘chicken farm’ and behind Strande Park)
- Various other sites across the Borough especially in Cox Green