MAIDENHEAD’S MP has weighed into the heated debate surrounding 2,000 homes being built at the 132-acre golf course.

As the Royal Borough Council still awaits the planning inspectorates review of the borough local plan, which is a blueprint on where thousands of new homes will be built, campaigners have been demanding councillors to vote against the major document.

This is mainly due to the plan earmarking the Maidenhead golf course for over 2,000 homes, 30 per cent of which are affordable.

Campaign group Maidenhead Great Park has said the 132-acre green space should be preserved as a great park for residents to enjoy and the wildlife and biodiversity should be protected given the climate emergency.

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But the Conservative-run council has said this is “the most sustainable site” within the borough and it would have to release other green belt areas if it was to scrap the golf course, which the local authority paid nearly £16m for.

Maidenhead MP Theresa May has weighed into the debate, saying she has “received reassurance” from the council part of the development will be set aside as green space.

Slough Observer: The 132-acre green space at Maidenhead golf courseThe 132-acre green space at Maidenhead golf course

A spokesperson for the MP said: “Mrs May has been in contact with the council on numerous occasions to relay constituent fears about the potential impacts of the development.

“However, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead have an essential duty to build new homes and due to a decision made some years ago by the planning inspectorate the majority have to be built in Maidenhead.

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“Hence the council’s decision that part of the golf course site should be set aside for homes. Mrs May has received reassurances that the council will continue to support biodiversity throughout the borough and part of the development will be set aside as green space.

“Mrs May has also written to the council to enquire about the presence of TPO [tree protection order] – a mechanism of protecting the trees on the golf course.”