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Maidenhead HC eagerly await outcome of Claires Court School's planning appeal

Plans for a new campus and sports facilities at Claires Court School are set to go to appeal this month, with Maidenhead Hockey Club one of several interested parties.

Should the development be given the green light by the planning inspector, Maidenhead Hockey Club plans to consolidate its activities at the Ridgeway site.

In August, councillors rejected proposals from Claires Court to move its senior boys and girls schools, in College Avenue and Ray Mill Road East, to the site of its junior boys school near Maidenhead Thicket, at Ridgeway, off Cannon Lane, to operate from a single campus.

The plan is for the hockey club to use the facilities on evenings and weekends for training and matches.

Club Chair – Lindsey Lucas has called on members to support the vision and has provided them with details of how to help the appeals process.

She said: “Our long and eagerly-awaited planning inquiry for the development of the Ridgeway site is nearly upon us and we are calling for your help and support. The proposals would bring Claires Court and Maidenhead Hockey Club together on a purpose-built campus with sports astros and club house for use of the school and Maidenhead Hockey Club.

“The inquiry is with an independent planning inspector and it starts on November 18.

“We have sent all of our members a letter with details of how they can help the appeals process.

“If you have any queries about this, then please contact one of the Maidenhead Hockey Club management team.”

The development is set to include all weather hockey and football pitches, grass rugby and football pitches, an athletics track, a multi-use games area (MUGA), tennis and netball courts and a cricket pitch. There is also provision for outdoor classroom space, landscaped social areas and an amphitheatre style courtyard.

The inquiry is set to get underway on November 18.

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