Ascot Centre - New Plans Submitted, Action needed!
19th December 2022
The Developer has filed new plans for Ascot Centre which were posted on 16th December.
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.
The deadline for objections to be filed is only 13th January 2023.
PLEASE SEND YOUR COMMENTS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO RBWM – firstname.lastname@example.org - QUOTING REF 22/01971 IN THE EMAIL SUBJECT LINE.
You can view all the proposals on the RBWM website using the link below this email.
We believe that 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 HOUSING – 133 homes crammed into 2.77ha (i.e. nearly 50 dwellings / ha), plus commercial offices sited between Station Hill, The Clock House and south of the High Street
TREES – 46 of 115 trees will be lost (i.e. 40%), where most are categorised as high or of moderate quality
We consider it to be shameful and cynical that the Council is imposing a Neighbour Consultation Expiry Date of 13thJanuary 2023, which straddles the Christmas and New Year holidays. This timescale is unreasonable when there are 106 documents which need to be analysed.
We do however note the improvements that have been made to the planning application:
· Improved proposals for a Community Building
· A better Market Square
· Design improvements involving changes to some building facades and heights
SPAE has been supportive all along about the rejuvenation of Ascot, but what is now being proposal falls short of the Prince’s Foundation Vision and it will have a detrimental impact on Ascot and the wider area.
Please write to the Council to express your objection to these plans.