Hopes for a potential Hindu community centre in Maidenhead are still high after the Hindu Society of Maidenhead announced it was thinking of submitting a new application.
A planning application for the land next to Boulter’s Lock car park was first submitted in early 2017 by the society. However, the application was rejected by the council in July 2017 after the HSM failed to show that the great crested newts were absent and that they had considered other sites that were at less risk of flooding.
The proposal of the centre has been opposed by several local residents, some of whom who have previously told me that it would cause too much congestion in the area.
Council leader Cllr Simon Dudley who’s ward includes the Boulter’s Lock area has instead offered the Hindu Society a site at the redevelopment project on St Cloud Way, Maidenhead. He had opted to submit a planning application to extend the existing car park at Boulter’s Lock.
However, the Hindu Society of Maidenhead is optimistic, with the leader Chander Malhotra telling the Maidenhead Advertiser that he is “100 per cent confident” that the society will be granted planning permission, following the submission of a new application.
If built, the centre will be a prime location for the Hindu community to meet together regularly.