Proposal for development in Green Belt in North Ascot

This proposal relates to Ascot Heath School and the Green Belt land opposite. While not in our Neighbourhood Plan area, this is part of North Ascot and of interest to many of our local residents.

Like most primary schools in our area, Ascot Heath is at capacity. The proposal under consideration is to permit a new, larger school to be built on the Green Belt opposite, funded by the building of 50 houses on the present Ascot Heath school site. Bracknell Forest Council seem to favour this as it helps provide funds for a new school. Local residents however strongly oppose this proposal and have set up a campaign site to get their views heard:
http://www.ascotheathcampaign.com

The NP Delivery Group recognises the need to provide additional school places, as we are in the same position in our area (and we have a project team working on trying to identify ways forward). But we are deeply concerned that proper consideration has not been given to alternative options that would allow this GB green space to be retained; for example, building on the back of the plot the school is on. Without full consideration of this and any other alternatives, no case can be made for the “Very Special Circumstances” that would justify sacrificing the valued area of Green Belt that is under threat.

Public consultations took place on the 11th to 13th November, which we didn’t hear about in time to inform you. However, for more information we suggest you go to the Ascot Heath Campaign site mentioned above or to Bracknell Forest Council’s statement on their website: http://www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/ascotheathinfantandjuniorschoolsexpansion