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Heathrow airspace and future operations consultation

A new consultation has just been launched on changes to Heathrow’s airspace and future operations. The closing date for feedback is 4th March 2019. There is also a consultation event at Ascot Racecourse, on Friday 1st February between 2pm to 8pm in the Pavilion Suite.

If you want to know whether you may be affected by any changes to flight paths, you can enter your postcode in this link to check (many SL5 postcodes are affected):

The consultation covers 6 topics where feedback is being invited – listed below – and a further topic on Managing Heathrow’s growth within environmental limits which is for information only.

There is a short video on this link which sets the scene.

The RBWM Borough Local Plan Examination

The Borough’s proposed new Local Plan is now undergoing examination. The Inspector appointed has set dates for a Stage 1 Hearing (26-28 June) and has published a list of Matters, Issues and Questions she wishes to cover during this. To find out more, please visit the RBWM Examination website:

The Ascot, Sunninghill & Sunningdale Neighbourhood Plan Delivery Group, along with several other Parish Councils, Neighbourhood Plan groups and Residents and other community organisations, will be attending the Hearing and have asked to participate in it.

IMPORTANT – Proposals for Ascot centre redevelopment out for consultation – 22 May and 29 May

The Ascot Consortium, representing land owners around the centre of Ascot have announced a new consultation on their proposals for substantial new development north and south of Ascot High Street. Two events are being held:

Drop-in Day: Tuesday 22 May between 2pm and 8pm at Ascot Racecourse

Panel discussion and Q&A: Tuesday 29 May starting at 7pm at Ascot Racecourse

The Consortium’s proposals can be seen on their website

This consultation follows the one that took place in December 2016 at which proposals were unveiled for “up to 350 new homes” – a figure which the Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale Neighbourhood Plan Delivery Group considered to be totally unacceptable and against our Neighbourhood Plan.

These proposals represent an improvement in that the proposal is now for 300 dwellings; they include improvements to the two roundabouts at Station Hill and Winkfield Road and proposals for improving traffic flow through the High Street. The amount of parking has been increased, and a new community hub and new retail spaces are included.

We still however have several serious concerns with these proposals:

The Prince’s Foundation Vision, which formed the evidence support for the rejuvenation of Ascot centre in our Neighbourhood Plan, envisaged approximately 88 homes north of the High Street and 82 to the south. These proposals show 109 homes to the north, in a scheme that includes green space and is reasonably in keeping with the area. But the proposals for the south are for 191 homes which is well over DOUBLE that envisaged and we believe is massively too dense, especially at the Station Hill end of the site. You should also be aware that there is an outline planning application already submitted for the redevelopment of the Shorts Yard for a proposed 131 houses.

The Neighbourhood Plan also called for a mix of housing, especially homes that would be affordable for young families. We are concerned that this scheme includes far too many flats as a percentage of the total.

This Development Brief consultation, in order to comply with Neighbourhood Plan policy should include more information on the proposed scale, height and bulk of the buildings. For example, what we understand is being proposed at the top of Station Hill is a 4-storey, flat-roofed building; while this may not be much higher than the buildings on the other side of the High Street, its bulk we believe will tower over the High Street.

Please come along to either or both events to find out more about these plans – and tell local friends and neighbours about them too.

Planning application for redevelopment of Shorts Yard

An outline planning application has been submitted for the redevelopment of the Shorts Yard in Ascot. This is for 131 houses with the access being from St. George’s Lane. While we support the redevelopment of this site – and will be pleased to see all their HGVs removed from our area – we are seriously concerned about several aspects of this application:

The number of dwellings proposed is too many, in relation the access constraints of the site; there is insufficient parking allowed for; and there is a question mark over the viability of the proposed pedestrian and cycle accesses onto the High Street.

To read the NPDG’s letter of objection submitted to the Council, please click on this file: Shorts site 18_00945 NPDG consultation response.

Borough Local Plan submitted for examination

The Royal Borough submitted the Borough Local Plan to the Secretary of State (which means the Planning Inspectorate) for examination. All documents are available to view on the Council’s website at:

The Plan submitted is the same Plan that was consulted on at Regulation 19, to which we strongly objected, sending in one submission as part of RBWM Residents Action Group (RRAG) and a supplementary one on more specific issues relating to our area. If you wish to read our submissions, go to the Library section of our website

The ASandS NPDG continues to be strongly opposed to the Plan as we do not believe it provides the necessary vision for our area, it will not deliver sufficient affordable housing, and lacks a credible plan for the infrastructure needed – roads, schools, drainage etc – to make the proposed development sustainable. This Plan is ill-conceived and was produced without engaging with local communities. It will also have a significant detrimental effect on our Neighbourhood Plan which so many worked so hard to produce and which tries to secure appropriate development for our area that will not erode its character.

We, together with RRAG will be fighting this Plan and doing everything we can to make a case to the examining Inspector that it should be found unsound.

Briefing Notes on Reg 19 Borough Local Plan – consultation closes Wednesday 27 September 2017

We have prepared some Briefing Notes for local residents on this current Reg 19 Borough Local Plan.  If you agree with some or all of our points, you are welcome to use them to aid your response to this consultation. The Royal Borough have, under pressure from us and other residents’ groups, extended the consultation deadline until 5pm Wednesday 27 September 2017 AND confirmed that anyone can make representations on ANY aspect of the Plan.

Previous representations you may have made to earlier versions will NOT be seen by the inspector who will examine this Plan so, if you wish to make your views known, you must submit responses to this Reg 19 consultation.  These Briefing Notes are available to download HERE.