The Beechcroft Close development, just by the roundabout of Sunninghill Rd and the A329 London Rd, has been nicknamed by local residents as “The Colditz of Sunninghill”, who dislike its towering height and urban-style density.
This development was granted approval prior to our local Neighbourhood Plan coming into existence. While we may dislike it, had it been built in accordance with the approved drawings, we would have to accept it.
What however has been built on at least 3 of the plots is not what was approved and the developer has now applied for a “certificate of lawfulness” for it. This was refused by Borough Councillors at the planning panel (with the whole-hearted support of both the parish council and the NP Delivery Group) but the developer is now appealing this decision.
We believe we should support the Borough in fighting the appeal and make sure that the appeal inspector is aware of the strength of feeling about this in the local community. But our arguments have to be based on planning grounds and not mere dislike of the development.
Our Objection to this appeal is based on the following:
(a) the increased height of the houses on Plots 2 and 3 is significant (over 10%) and results in poor design that is detrimental to the character of the area
(b) the increased height of the house on Plot 1 makes it over-bearing on the streetscene and is out of character for its location on the edge of a Victorian village
(c) the mitigation measures being proposed are insufficient to address these issues
(d) the developer has shown complete disregard for national and local planning policy and has built an unlawful development. This must not be allowed to set a harmful precedent.
If you agree, and wish to support the Borough in fighting this appeal, we ask that you email the Planning Inspectorate with your views. You must give your name and address and also the Planning Reference numbers:
Pins ref: APP/TO355/A/14/2224744
Planning Ref: 14/01578/VAR; 1-6 Beechcroft Close, Ascot
Closing date for comments is 27th October 2014. If you would like to see the NP Delivery Group’s full submission, you can download it here: Beechcroft NP DG appeal written submission Oct 2014