Long-awaited development of Maidenhead’s vacant Magnet Leisure Centre begins in July with the closure of the car park.

Five years after the Royal Borough and developer Countryside formed the Royal Borough Development Partnership to deliver housing at key locations in the town, the leisure centre site in St Cloud Way, which has permission for 434 homes, is about to see hoarding go up and demolition start.

A footbridge over the road will be removed as part of three months of demolition work which starts in August. Construction of the homes will then take around six years.

Cllr Andrew Johnson, leader of the Royal Borough, said: “The council in partnership with Countryside is driving forward the exciting regeneration of Maidenhead town centre, supporting new homes, jobs, investment and facilities that are benefitting the community and boosting the area’s vibrancy.

“St Cloud Way is the next exciting milestone in that much-needed work, and the closure of the car park and formal granting of planning permission herald the start of on-site redevelopment after significant planning and project development work.

“With leisure facilities now provided at our state-of-the-art Braywick Leisure Centre, St Cloud Way will help meet local housing needs for our community. I’m sure many residents look forward to seeing the tired redundant centre come down and this major new scheme taking shape behind the hoardings.

“This major investment will also support improvements benefitting the wider area, including contribution to a new ground-level pedestrian and cycle crossing over the A4 supporting access to the town centre and a Missing Links sustainable travel route through the site, alongside financial contributions including enhancements to Maidenhead Library, local play facilities and transport.”

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