An elite prep school has abandoned its plan to build sports pitches on one of its fields that lies next to a lane notorious for flooding.

Lambrook School had planned to build a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA), netball court and a car park on its field immediately to the east of Cricketer’s Lane in Winkfield Row.

However, the School has now withdrawn its plans under intense pressure as several neighbours objected.

One of their lead objections was over the flooding that regularly occurs in the lane.

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Only this month, a woman who was using her sat nav to get from Maidenhead to Ascot got trapped in flood water and had to be rescued.

Mark Siggers and Stuart Tarrant who both live in the village raised the alarm over flooding, sharing photos of previous flooding events.

They also expressed concern about traffic safety in Cricketer’s Lane, which neighbours said is a hotspot for accidents.

On news of the plan’s withdrawal, Mr Tarrant said: “We are prepared to work constructively with the school.

“First of all, Cricketer’s Lane is an accident black spot where the turning is in, it’s only one lane, and people can’t park at that end of the lane either. It’s a semi rural area.

“When it floods it’s hopeless. You had the woman stuck in her car for two hours, and that’s very dangerous. That’s the scale of the flooding and it can be very severe.”

The plan for the sports pitches and MUGA was withdrawn on Thursday, July 15.

Bracknell News: An impression of what the pitches would have looked like, with the fencing and levelling factored in. Credit: Morse Webb ArchitectsAn impression of what the pitches would have looked like, with the fencing and levelling factored in. Credit: Morse Webb Architects

The Local Democracy Reporting Service emailed the Head of External Relations at the school on the day of the plan’s withdrawal and again on Tuesday, July 27 but got no response.

Previously, Neil Moulton, the Bursar of the school, had argued that there would be flood mitigation measures in place.

These would involve installing water tanks underneath the astroturf pitches to manage waterflow when it rained, and a gravel car park that is more permeable than tarmac.

He also stressed the desire to keep pupils on the school on site for safeguarding purposes.

Lambrook School is an independent preparatory school in Winkfield Row for pupils aged 3 to 13.