Petition against the building of 350 new homes in the centre of Ascot closed on 10 January 2017. It was signed by 1,287 people online; and a further 86 signed a paper copy on display in Budgens. The petition called on the Royal Borough to NOT remove this land out of the Green Belt and to NOT include this site for housing in the new Borough Local Plan.
Public consultation re Heathrow airport expansion: The government has launched a consultation on the proposed expansion of Heathrow airport. They are also holding local consultation events in locations which include Bracknell (on Thursday 16 February), Windsor (on Friday 3 March) and Maidenhead (Tuesday 7 March). Click here to read their leaflet with the details.
A planning application for the installation of a bronze War Horse statue on a stone plinth on the roundabout at Heatherwood has been made by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. If you wish to look at or comment on the plan which includes illustrations of how it will look, please go to RBWM’s planning portal:
We are outraged at the Borough Local Plan’s proposals for 30% increase in housing in Ascot and the Sunnings. And at the inclusion of policies which will negate much of what is in our Neighbourhood Plan.
Make sure you send in your Representations by the closing date which is 5pm on Friday 13 January 2017.
The deadline for responding to the Heatherwood planning application has been extended to 18 January 2017.
The ASand S Neighbourhood Plan Delivery Group Committee has prepared a document summarising the development proposals and setting out its views on them. Click here to read the document.
We are facing up to 30% more homes in our area – where are the roads, schools and GP surgeries to support them? This is NOT what our Neighbourhood Plan envisaged.
The RBWM draft Borough Local Plan (BLP) is out for public consultation (closing date for submissions 13 January 2017).
The NPDG has prepared a summary on the BLP and the issues that most impact on our area. To read this, click here. This gives more detail on projected housing numbers (up to 2,191 new homes) and aspects of the BLP policies which concern us.
The most important points are:
- We believe that the BLP policy for Ascot Town Centre does not reflect what is in our NP and is not what the local community wants. We OBJECT to the removal of the area South of Ascot High Street from the Green Belt.
2. The number of housing units proposed for the 9 allocated sites in our area is 991, which is very much higher than was envisaged in our Neighbourhood Plan. We are also concerned that developers may apply pressure to increase these numbers. In the NPDG’s view, the proposed housing numbers for these sites are very high and we would object very strongly indeed to any arguments for increasing them.
3. The BLP proposes to remove Sunningdale Park, Heatherwood and Shorts sites from the Green Belt. Although our Neighbourhood Plan allows for development on these sites, our policies are based on their remaining in Green Belt, thereby providing some constraints on the amount and type of development that could take place on them. We want Sunningdale Park, Heatherwood and Shorts sites to remain classified as “Previously Developed Land” in Green Belt and NOT be removed from Green Belt.
4. Although not clearly set out in the BLP, we estimate that we will have an additional c. 1,200 homes from “windfall sites” in our area – making the total number of houses over the next 20 years approx. 2,191. This represents a massive increase of c. 30% on the present number.
5. We want the Borough to promise to provide the infrastructure that is needed to cope with this development. A promise that, as a minimum, ALL Community Infrastructure Levy (“CIL”) developer contributions, including those from Windfall sites, generated from sites in Ascot and the Sunnings – are spent on infrastructure in our area. This seems only fair.
6. BLP policies, especially the Design policies and the site Proformas should reflect and reinforce NP policies that seek to protect the character of our area.
Please respond to this Borough Local Plan consultation.
Tell the Borough what infrastructure you want – for example:
- List roads that need widening
- Roundabouts that need improving
- Where more car parks are needed
- We need more school places, especially Primary
- More GP surgeries
- More open spaces
- Better community facilities
- Safe cycle ways and more public footpaths
- Improved drainage and sewage systems
- Address problems with surface water flooding
- Faster Broadband
- More reliable water and electricity supply
Add to your response your views on Ascot Town Centre, the other allocated housing sites and other BLP policies – See the summary prepared by the NPDG.
As at 17 December, the petition has attracted 924 signatures and the number is still growing. There is also now a map being shared showing the total of proposed new houses for Ascot.
We understand that a local resident has set up a petition against proposals to build 350 houses in the Green Belt on the South side of Ascot High Street and the open space (currently Car Park 6) on the North side of the High Street.
The petition calls on the Royal Borough to NOT release this land from the Green Belt in the new Borough Local Plan and to remove this site from their allocated sites for housing.
The see the petition, click on this link: petitions.rbwm.gov.uk/AscotCentreGB/
It is the NPDG’s view that what is being currently proposed by the Ascot landowners consortium for the building of 350 new houses here is totally unacceptable and NOT in accordance with our Neighbourhood Plan.
To read more about the Ascot Centre proposals, click here.
A planning application has now been registered with RBWM for the redevelopment of Heatherwood to include a new hospital and up to 250 houses. All the documents relating to the application are available on the planning portal (http://www.rbwm.gov.uk/pam/view.jsp?ID=16/03115/OUT) and the closing date for submitting responses is currently shown as 2nd January 2017 but we expect this to be extended.
The Neighbourhood Plan Delivery Group is preparing a summary of the proposals and its considered views on them, which will be made available on our website as soon as possible.
The proposals presented at the Open Day held by the promoters of Ascot Centre “regeneration” on Thursday 1st December were in the view of the ASandS Neighbourhood Plan Delivery Group totally unacceptable. In summary, they fail to deliver the vision developed by The Prince’s Foundation with the local community back in 2012 and do not respect what is included in our adopted Neighbourhood Plan. To read more about the original vision, click here.
You can read more about these new development proposals on the promoters website: www.ascotcentreconsultation.co.uk. This is also where you can respond to their proposals using their feedback form. Please do so and make sure your views are heard. Closing date is 19 December 2016.
We have prepared a summary, available here which sets out the considered views of the NPDG, reinforced by everything local residents told us when attending the open day.