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: https://www3.rbwm.gov.uk/blp
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 http://www.ascotandthesunningsnp.com/borough-local-plan/
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.
NEWS UPDATE: The Borough have announced extension of closing date to 27 September. Please see latest post dated August 3rd for more information.
The Submission version of the Local Plan is now out for consultation with a closing date for Representations of 5pm Friday 25 August. To read the Plan, please download from the RBWM website here. We are preparing some guidance notes for those who may wish to use them to assist in their submissions; these will be available w/c 24 July and, if you are registered as a supporter, we will notify you by email.
On Friday, we had first sight of the latest version of our Royal Borough’s Local Plan. Sadly, very few of the changes we asked for during the last consultation have been made. We believe this is a bad Plan that will harm the character of our area.
Most other Neighbourhood Plan and other Local Residents Groups in the Borough feel the same way about this Plan, as do many Parish Councils. And we all feel that the Borough have totally failed to properly engage and consult with local communities in its preparation – against all principles of Localism, as set out in government planning policy.An Extraordinary Council Meeting has been called for next Monday 19th June, at which Cllrs will be asked to vote for this Plan to go to its final formal consultation before examination (Note: this consultation is on process and legality only; we can’t get the content changed).A PETITION has been started calling on all our local Ward Councillors to vote AGAINST this and to re-engage in proper consultation with local communities. Please sign this petition and stop this current Plan going ahead.A website has also been set up where you can register for updates:
We are also encouraging as many people as possible to attend the meeting next Monday to demonstrate to the Councillors – who are our elected representatives – the strength of feeling against this Plan: Monday 19th June @ 7:30pm at the Town Hall, Maidenhead.
If this Plan were adopted, we would see a disproportionate amount of new development take place in our area with totally insufficient assurances that the infrastructure needed to make it viable will be forthcoming – roads, schools, water & sewerage etc. Also, the proposals for Ascot centre fail to reflect the aims and aspirations set out in our Neighbourhood Plan and will totally change the character of Ascot.
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.
We have prepared a draft or “template” to help local residents respond to RBWM’s consultation on the Borough Local Plan, available either as a Microsoft Word file or as a PDF.
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.
A draft for a new Borough Local Plan is now available on the RBWM website for public consultation, on the following link:
The Neighbourhood Plan Delivery Group is preparing a summary of key issues relating to this Plan which we’ll be circulating by email and posting on our website as soon as possible.
Closing date for consultation responses is Friday 13 January 2017.
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.
The consortium of landowners and promoters for development in Ascot Centre are holding an Open Day to update the local community on progress being made on creating a Development Brief. This will set out the broad structure and development principles for the regeneration of Ascot High Street and the centre of Ascot which will guide future planning applications. To read more, click here for a newsletter produced by the consortium.
The Open Day will be held at Ascot Racecourse on Thursday 1 December 2016 between 3pm – 8pm.
At 6:30pm The Princes Foundation, who were involved with the local community in the original consultations over Ascot Centre, will be hosting a talk outlining the background and progress of the proposals.
Everyone is invited to go along to contribute their views.
There is also a website set up by the consortium where you can register to receive update newsletters: www.ascotcentreconsultation.co.uk
Following the community engagement event on the 4th August, Frimley Health have now made available the plans they showed at the event on their website https://www.fhft.nhs.uk/about-us/the-future-of-heatherwood-hospital/.
There is a Questionnaire available to complete online.
Closing date for feedback has been extended from 31st August 2016 now to the 15th September 2016.