Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale Neighbourhood Plan Delivery Group
The development planned for the area sited between Station Hill, The Clock House and south of the High Street is already the subject of a planning application that is currently being processed and is not subject to the SPD (Supplementary Planning Document) currently being developed.
We still have serious concerns regarding several fundamental aspects of this imminent and significant project, even though the revised plans reflect a number of improvements.
Planning application RBWM 22/01971
will have significant implications for our community.
The main areas of concern continue to be:
Lack of parking both within and outside the development - Only 124 spaces for 133 homes. There will be just SIX car parking spaces for use by the commercial units only. There will be none for shoppers and residents visiting the community building!
Over development of housing - 133 homes crammed into 2.77ha (i.e. nearly 50 dwellings / ha), plus commercial offices.
Loss of mature trees - 46 of 115 trees will be lost (i.e. 40%), where most are categorised as high or of moderate quality.
Timing of Neighbour Consultation expiry date of 6th January 2023 which straddles the Christmas and New Year holidays. This timescale was unreasonable when there are 106 documents associated with this revised planning application.
The main areas of improvement that have been made to the planning application appear to be:
improved proposals for a Community Building
a better Market Square
design improvements involving changes to some building facades and heights
NPDG and SPAE have been supportive all along about the rejuvenation of Ascot, but what is now being proposal falls short of the Prince’s Foundation Vision.
Address: Land Bounded By Ascot Fire Station Station Hill And West of Hermitage Parade And South of High Street Ascot Proposal: Redevelopment of existing site to provide 2,255.6sqm flexible commercial floorspace and 571sqm flexible community floorspace (mix of uses within Use Classes E, F1 and F2) and 133 dwellings with associated parking, access, open space, landscaping and other associated works. Provision of new public open space with associated hard and soft landscape works, new pedestrian and cycle paths and children's play area
Further detail of the London Square’s plans can be found on RBWM Planing Portal. Search by application reference number: 22/01971/FULL
What has been proposed will have an adverse impact on Ascot and the wider area. It does not deliver the full community-approved ‘vision’ for the High Street which can be found in the Neighbourhood Plan (NP) and Prince’s Foundation Report which is appended to the NP.
Sections 8.1 & 9.1 of the Neighbourhood Plan outline a vision vision for the centre of Ascot. The current planning application is for development of part of the town south of the High Street (called Ascot Green in the NP) and was dependent on the area being released from the Green Belt. The recently adopted Borough Local Plan has released this land from the Green Belt.
We will submit a formal consultation response. We urge you to write to the Council to express your opinion about these plans.