Category Archives: Better Transport Management

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.

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.

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.

Car lift share and better bus information

Bus Transport was one of the topics identified in our Neighbourhood Plan as important, and the NP Delivery Group has taken a lead, with a Project Team which is looking into the possibilities for a Village Hopper Bus and other organised transport services in the area.

There are some important developments about Bus Information and Car Lift Share services from the Royal Borough which we think you would find of interest: 

Car lift share scheme

RBWM have launched a Car Lift Share scheme aimed at Companies in the Borough.  The NP Delivery Group welcomes the introduction of this scheme, the aim of which is to reduce traffic and CO2 emissions and contribute towards building the community.  For details visit: http://www.rbwmcarshare.co.uk/.

What is important now is the promotion, implementation and take-up of the scheme, as the benefits can only be achieved when people and companies sign up to it. If you work in the area, please look into this scheme and see if it’s appropriate for your company.

Better information about bus transport

The NPDG also welcomes the RBWM campaign to promote better information about bus transport.  While we do not have a large number of bus services in our area, many people may not be aware of the bus services that are available.  We therefore welcome this RBWM initiative to promote awareness of travel by bus.

The following are links to available Bus information:

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Posters such as this are being used by RBWM to promote the new way to get bus information.

The NP Delivery Group Hopper Bus Project Team is now looking into the possibility of a Hopper Bus and other organised transport in our area. The Project Team believes further innovation is possible with the bus routes in our area, the potential for more shared transport services, and for yet further improvements to information about transport services.  The Project Team plans to carry out a consultation to understand more about what people in our area want from bus and other organised transport.

The Hopper Bus Project Team needs more volunteers.  If you would like to help, please email us at: DeliveryGroup@ascotandthesunningsnp.com

 

New McLaren car showroom at Ascot station

Many of you may have already noticed that there’s activity around the old Clover Leaf garage by Ascot Station. The site is owned by Jardine Motors Group, who have commenced the building of an impressive new McLaren showroom – their first outside London. The new, state of the art facility will be the largest McLaren showroom in the UK and will offer the full range of models including the new 650S Coupe and the 650S Spider. It is expected the works will be completed by around October 2014.

For details of the approved planning permission for this development, please go to the RBWM website and search by application number for number 13/00198: RBWM planning access module.

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This image gives some idea of what the development will look like

This site is not included in the area within the Ascot Station Site project in our ASandS Neighbourhood Plan, which remains a project for actioning.

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