A compulsory purchase order (CPO) has been confirmed by the Planning Inspectorate that will allow The Landing development in Maidenhead to go ahead.

The Royal Borough is working with developer, HUB, to bring forward the, already-consented mixed-used scheme in the centre of the town which includes 431 homes, and office, retail, business and community accommodation.

The CPO was launched in September 2020 to secure a number of plots within the wider site, which is bounded by the Broadway, King Street and Queen Street.

Following a public inquiry and site visits in June, planning inspector Peter Rose concluded the CPO provided certainty that the outstanding acquisitions can be completed without undue delay and subsequently unlock significant public benefits the scheme offers.

Cllr Andrew Johnson, leader of the council and cabinet member for business, economic development and property, said: “This is great news for the whole borough.

“We always seek initially to acquire land through private agreement, however we aren’t afraid to use CPO powers as a last resort and we’re pleased the inspector has agreed there was a ‘compelling case in the public interest’.

“In making his decision, the Inspector also described the scheme as ‘much needed’ and recognised it as a major capital investment and a long-standing regeneration ambition of the council, providing homes, jobs and other facilities that will considerably improve the local environment and enhance the vibrancy of the town centre.

“This crucial decision will enable the comprehensive redevelopment of this key site in Maidenhead town centre to move ahead for the benefit of the whole borough, and it’s very promising to see the project get that endorsement and take another step forward.”

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