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.
Frimley Health are holding a community engagement event regarding the future development of the Heatherwood Hospital site. This will include some details on the “outline residential scheme”, so it’s really important that you come along and make your views heard.
The event is taking place on Thursday 4th August between 3pm and 7pm at the Ascot Authority Suite at Ascot Racecourse.
To read the full invitation, please click here.
We need more primary school places in our area and RBWM is conducting a public consultation on how to provide them. Please feed back your views:
- Complete a survey online at: https://www3.rbwm.gov.uk/consultations
- Attend a public meeting 7pm Monday 4th July at Cordes Hall, Sunninghill
When we were producing our local Neighbourhood Plan, local residents raised the need for additional school places repeatedly as an issue. We are pleased that the RBWM has now officially recognised that new housing development in our area means that we will need more primary school places for our children. The demand is forecast to increase from next year (September 2017 intake) and to continue increasing for the following few years.
RBWM has launched a public consultation on how best to provide these new places and is asking for local community feedback on four specific options as well as any other ideas people may wish to put forward. (Note that some of the options will not be sufficient on their own but could potentially be in combination).
The consultation closes on 15th July 2016. Please respond and encourage local family, friends and neighbours to do so too. This is about the future of our children and we must get it right.