We recently submitted our response to the recent public consultation about the proposed development of Ascot High Street and the centre of Ascot. To read this click on this link: Ascot High Street Proposals Objection Letter Final
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:
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.
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.
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.
Response to the Reg 19 Borough Local Plan consultation; On 27 September 2017, we have delivered our response to the Reg 19 Borough Local Plan consultation. For more details, CLICK HERE.
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.
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.
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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