Category Archives: Projects

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:

https://www3.rbwm.gov.uk/info/201026/borough_local_plan/1350/examination

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 http://www.ascotcentreconsultation.co.uk

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.

Parking survey results now in

The NPDG recently asked you the local residents, to respond to a local parking survey with the aim of using the results to influence the Royal Borough with respect to parking standards for new housing developments. The response to the survey was excellent with over 500 local residents giving their views. The results can be viewed here.

These results will now be submitted to the Royal Borough with particular emphasis on some of the key points, namely:

  • Recognition of how people use their garages and how many do or do not park their cars in a garage
  •  The number of visitor vehicles which adds to the overall traffic congestion
  • The increased number of delivery vehicles in the area, probably due to the changing nature of shopping
  • Residents’ views on how far people are prepared to walk to a station or shops
  • Residents’ views on how many parking spaces should be included in new residential developments, based on the number of bedrooms

The NPDG thanks all the residents who participated in the survey.

Proposed changes to Cheapside CE Primary School Ascot

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has formally published a proposal to expand Cheapside CE Primary School, Ascot from September 2017 to admit 30 children into Reception from its current 16 places. This will mean that the school will have 210 places overall. This follows on from from consultation on this and other options for providing new Primary School places in Ascot earlier this year and the subsequent decision to prioritise expansion at Cheapside CE Primary School by the Borough’s Cabinet in August. Interested parties now have until Wednesday 30th November to comment on the proposal by emailing ascot.places@rbwm.gov.uk or by writing to Ben Wright, Education Planning Officer, Zone B , RBWM, Town Hall, St Ives Rd, Maidenhead, SL6 IRF.

Residential Parking Survey for Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale

On-street parking on residential streets in our area is a major contributor to the challenges of addressing local traffic congestion and the desire to protect the character of our area – two of the priorities identified as most important by local residents when we produced our Neighbourhood Plan for Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale.

We’re conducting a survey to find out more about current house-related parking and what local residents think should be the standard for new residential development. We will then use this as supporting evidence to try to influence the Royal Borough with respect to parking standards for new housing development.

Please click here to complete the survey online. CLOSING DATE IS FRIDAY 9th DECEMBER 2016.

Consultation and public event on new primary school places in Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale

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.

 

Cycle routes in Windsor Great Park

The Crown Estate has always been pleased to welcome cyclists to Windsor Great Park. To see all the routes where cycling is allowed, all of which are open during daylight hours, download this Cyclist-Leaflet-Windsor-Great-Park leaflet. To access a larger version of the map, click Cycling map Windsor Great Park.

Cycling from Ascot to Windsor

It is possible to cycle from Ascot to Windsor on a mainly no- or low-traffic route at any time during daylight hours:

  • Ride along New Mile Ride to Cheapside Road and Left into Watersplash Lane to enter Windsor Great Park at Ascot Gate
  • Cycle through the Park to exit through Ranger’s Gate
  • Cross the A332 Sheet Street at the pedestrian/horse crossing, controlled by lights
  • Follow the signs on to the marked cycle route (part of this is a flint surface which can get muddy when wet)
  • You will come in to Windsor at the Windsor FC car park
  • Cross over the B3022 and turn Left into Bulkeley Avenue. Follow the road up to Springfield Road, turn Right and then a 1st Left into York Avenue. There is a cycle underpass on the Right, just after York Road that takes you through to Vansittart Road, on into the centre of Windsor and the river.

A Bugs Day – Silwood Park July 10th

A themed open day at Silwood Park on July 10th from 2-6pm.

Adam Afriyie, the Conservative MP for Windsor will be opening the event.

Volunteers from local wildlife groups have offered their expertise to lead events such as building bug hotels, running the ever-popular pond-dipping parties and taking groups on bug hunts, there will also be a Bugs! photo competition and face-painting. Thanks to the scientists at Silwood there will be several scientific demos, exhibits and presentations. Children from Charters School, who have been working with a research team here at Silwood, will be presenting the results of their research on the day.

Please find some more information below.

Don’t forget to visit the Bugs! website and invite your friends to come on the day: www.bugsandmesocosms.com

Please contact carlyn.samuel10@imperial.ac.uk for more information and we can arrange for you to be introduced to our scientists and shown around.