Cookham Cricket Club have re-approved the club’s plans

A COOKHAM cricket club has had its plans unanimously re-approved for a new clubhouse after the pandemic delayed work.

Cookham Dean Cricket Club, which was founded in 1881, had plans approved in 2019 to replace its 80-year-old clubhouse with a new one.

The scheme approved was a single storey building to provide changing rooms, disabled toilets, kitchen, bar, dry stores and storage.

It would also have multi-purpose studio rooms for activities such as fitness and mobility classes to attract more community groups to the clubhouse.

The planned building would measure 342m² of gross exterior floor area and measure 5250mm from ground level to the top of the ridge.

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However, despite being granted planning permission, work has not started on the site largely due to the global pandemic, leading to the permit expiring next month.

This means that a new application must be submitted and approved for work to begin. The Cricket Club submitted plans with no changes to the previously approved scheme.

Councilors on the Maidenhead Development Management Committee unanimously re-approved the plans on Wednesday April 20.

Bisham and Cookham Ward Councilor Gerry Clark (Con) said: ‘I know the cricket club has been looking for some years for ways to improve its facilities for the benefit of local residents and provide a community benefit by terms of increasing space and resources.

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“Encouraging young people, women and girls who participate in team sports is really important and we need to get behind it.

“Cookham Dean Cricket Club have been playing cricket for over 100 years and they need facilities to take them forward for the next 100 years.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to see a design that I think is consistent and proportionate. I believe it provides the appropriate level of facilities in the new proposal and I am sure it will be welcomed by the majority of residents, if not all residents, who see the cricket club as a community benefit.

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