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I note that Cllr M J Saunders, Lead Member for Finance, has stated (in the latest Council Tax press release here) that “We ... anticipate in excess of 730 additional band D properties being built in the borough over the next three years which will increase additional funding.”
I wonder where those houses are expected to be built. Is this primarily Maidenhead Golf Course or elsewhere? The golf course location, some 130 acres, would permit around 1,500 new homes to be constructed.
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The latest version of the Borough Local Plan (Regulation 19) will be discussed at Full Council on Monday 19 JuneThe plan will shape the next two decades of growth and facilitate new homes and infrastructure which are provided in the borough. Development will not take place all at the same time but will be phased over the next two decades. Alongside this there will be hundreds of millions of pounds poured into infrastructure projects.Regulation 19 tests the soundness of the plan as a whole rather than on individual sites. Comments that have already been supplied in the Regulation 18 consultation last year have been assessed and fed into the Regulation 19 plan.The key areas for making representation are whether the plan is:Positively prepared – does it meet the objectively assessed need for housing and employment land and is it consistent with achieving sustainable development.Justified – does it contain the most reasonable strategy when compared against reasonable alternatives.Effective – is it deliverable over the period given.Consistent with national policy – does it allow sustainable development in line with the National Planning Policy Framework and the supporting National Planning Policy Guidance.Cllr Derek Wilson, cabinet member for planning, said: “The Borough Local Plan plays such an important part in how we shape the future of the borough and build a borough for everyone. “After residents gave us their views on the proposed sites in the last round of consultation we fed that back into the plan and now we are testing the soundness of it. “All these comments will be supplied to the Secretary of State ready for the examination.” Residents can view the draft plan, including the draft plan for infrastructure provision and other supporting documents, online here or in person at our libraries across the borough.Councillors will be asked to agree the publication of the plan for Regulation 19 at Full Council on 19 June at Maidenhead Town Hall.Cllr David Evans, cabinet member for Maidenhead regeneration and Maidenhead (including school improvement), said: “Maidenhead will be the main focus for many of the new homes as it has excellent transport connections and will also benefit from the arrival of the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) when it opens in 2019.“A large number of those homes are going to be built in the next five years through the four joint venture sites.”Cllr David Hilton, principal member for Ascot regeneration, said: “The Borough Local Plan supports the local economy and enables the provision of low cost housing to benefit all residents.“Development in the centre of Ascot could also provide much need community facilities and help develop infrastructure.”Cllr Philip Love, deputy lead member for Maidenhead regeneration and Maidenhead, said: “There are some hugely exciting plans for Maidenhead in the coming years with regeneration which will enhance its character and appearance.“Through the Borough Local Plan these changes will make our town an even more attractive place to live, work and play, including the redeveloped waterways.”
12-Jun-2017 09:07 AM
This is a bad Plan that will harm our area & the Character of our Towns & Villages.
• Lack of Local ConsultationWe recognise our area needs more homes, but the Borough has not properly engaged or consulted with Parish Councils, local Organisations, Neighbourhood Plan Groups and local residents about where the new development should go.
• No Proper Green Belt Review86% of the land in the allocated sites in the Plan is in the Green Belt. Yet no full Green Belt Review has been carried out to identify which sites would be most suitable; and no consideration has been given to the option of a new settlement as an alternative strategy.
• Concerns Over InfrastructureMany residents would be prepared to accept the proposed development IF we had sufficient assurances that the infrastructure necessary to make the new developments sustainable will be provided as well as how it will be funded. The Borough Local Plan evidence does not provide these assurances. As an example, the Local Transport Plan relied upon is dated 2012 and pre-dates all the site allocations in the Plan.
• No Real Engagement with Neighbouring AuthoritiesThe Borough has not engaged sufficiently with neighbouring authorities to discuss how and where land for housing and employment can best be located, nor how necessary cross-border infrastructure such as roads and schools will be provided.
Please sign this Petition to stop the Council from proceeding with the current Plan until a full proper consultation is taken.
Please visit our website www.rbwmresidentsactiongroup.co.uk and register your details to ensure that you are kept updated on all developments.
Also, please follow Twitter @RBWMResidents
12-Jun-2017 10:14 AM
Appalling that we haven't even tweeted anything yet but have already been blocked by the Leader of Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead
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16-Jun-2017 03:17 PM
helen price wrote:I have been concerned about the lack of meaningful consultation with regard to the Borough Local Plan. Other residents have been just as concerned and a group has been formed - the RBWM Residents Action Group.. They have created a petition voicing these concerns. [See above for more from this post]
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