A JUDGE is yet to decide if a legal claim against the Royal Borough’s major housing document can go ahead after papers were served late.

Environmental campaign group Maidenhead Great Park formally lodged a judicial review against the council’s now adopted borough local plan (BLP) a few months ago in an attempt to overturn the approval.

The BLP, which was approved by the ruling Conservatives in February, earmarks multiple sites within the Royal Borough for thousands of new homes to meet its future population and economic growth.

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One of the most controversial sites within the plan, which campaigners call “environmental vandalism”, is Maidenhead golf course where 2,600 homes could be built.

After failing to persuade the ruling administration to reject the BLP, Maidenhead Great Park managed to raise enough funds to the legal challenge.

But a written update from Cllr Phil Haseler (Con: Cox Green), lead member for planning, stated: “Although the council received notification that a legal claim regarding the adoption of the BLP was lodged with the court, the claimant’s legal representative failed to correctly serve the claim on the council within the six week period. The court must now decide whether or not the claim can proceed.”

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Members sitting on the disability and inclusion forum heard the update on Monday, June 20.

The former cabinet member for planning, Cllr David Coppinger (Con: Bray), said there is “no reason” to do anything else but to follow the BLP as the court has not decided.

“Legally, we are quite clear to proceed [with the plan] and we will continue to do so,” he said.