Wellington College Housing Development
CVAG have very recently received a letter from Wellington College with information about a public exhibition to show their proposed plans for the Bowman Field. This is just opposite Fincham End Drive on the way up Dukes Ride towards the station. This old orchard is also bordered by the entrance road to the Wellington College Sport and Leisure Centre (The Gym).
The exhibition is at the ‘Great School’, Wellington College on Monday 16th and Wednesday 18th February at 2pm to 7pm both days and Wellington College are asking for comments. We would suggest our members attend and voice their opinions.
Please note that the land allocation agreed by the Government Inspector in 2013 notes that the site would be suitable for up to 23 dwellings. The proposed development is for 36 dwellings which is an over 50% increase on the proposal agreed just two years ago.
If this planning application is passed when it goes before the Planning Committee then this sets a precedent which means that every agreed number in the land allocation is allowed to go up by a similar increase. It is frightening what could happen at the TRL, Broadmoor and any other new planning application for other sites.
Wellington are suggesting just nine (9) of the dwellings are for the open market and will be accessed from Dukes Ride and the remaining 27 are for staff accommodation to be accessed from south of the site.
You now have your chance to put your opinions forward.
Is a 50% increase over the numbers in the Land Allocation documentation by BFC acceptable? Would the extra traffic generated by the 50% more dwellings be sustainable?
CVAG are also aware that part of Ravenswood is currently being offered to developers. At this stage no more details are known about size, use etc., but we will inform members via the newsletter of any updates as they appear.
At the CVAG meeting in November, there was unanimous support for a formal community forum to be established to cover both Bracknell Forest and Wokingham Borough development issues concerning Crowthorne. An initial outline of how the proposed "Triangle Forum" would work was discussed at a meeting, open to all, this Tuesday with good representation from CVAG and both Borough & Parish Councils.
The three points of the ‘Triangle’ can be defined roughly as Crowthorne Village, South Wokingham and Western Bracknell. The proposal was that an initial remit of the ‘Forum’ was to co-ordinate cross borough border traffic concerns. Both Wokingham and Bracknell Borough transport and planning senior representatives assured the meeting that they DO use the same software to map future traffic but this statement might be examined in more detail in the ‘Triangle Forum’. One very sage remark from the floor was that motorists do not consider borough boundaries when planning their journeys.
On the more wider cross border forum issue it was noted that Cllr Turrell executive member of the BFC Planning and Transport said that "if local demand was there" Bracknell could also have a ‘TRL and Broadmoor Forum’ similar to South Wokingham Forum when non-traffic issues like housing, medical facilities, social services and local shops could be discussed with local residents groups.
We might see this as a ‘Crowthorne Forum’. And it could be possible with cross-borough cooperation the forum could include the Charities Woodland development in Wokingham Without that borders on to TRL.
It was accepted that less close developments like Amen Corner, Arborfield, Blue Mountain etc. might also come into the equation later.
Bracknell Forest granted Outline Planning Permission to Legal and General for the TRL site last Friday. PA 13/00575/OUT Full the details can be found by going to the Bracknell Forest Council Website and searching the planning applications for ref: 13/00575/OUT and going to the Documents.
Waterloo Hotel plans
As you may be aware a retirement home company is developing plans for the Waterloo Hotel site. This is all we currently know of the situation, apart from the fact that just this week the site appears to be in the process of being surrounded by fencing, and this has been taken up by CVAG with the BFC planning enforcement department as yet no planning application has been submitted.
My visit to the prototype Broadmoor bedroom - John McNab (CVAG).
On Tuesday 27th January I visited the prototype Broadmoor bedroom on behalf of CVAG. I was a member of an invited tour, but in fact there were only two of us, the other being councillor Richard Price.
The bedroom is situated on a piece of spare ground right in the middle of the old hospital, so that patients can be (and have been) shown it and give their views.
We were asked to attend 15 minutes early to complete the security checks – and it took 15 minutes including the taking of electronic finger prints – then our guide Anne Hoffman took us through countless locked gates before reaching the site.
The bedroom is created outside and brought onto site in modules, so that it can be quickly assembled and lined up with many similar rooms on more than one storey. There will be a wide corridor on the inside and the window of every room will face the outside world, albeit mostly looking towards the rooms on the opposite side of the V shaped block. The windows are large and do not have bars (though they are of very thick unbreakable glass and have no means of being opened.) The outlook will be green space, albeit bounded by the security wall.
The room is light and airy and in many ways like a hotel room with a single bed in it. Apparently patients who have viewed it think that it will be a wonderful improvement.
Because of the overall plan to have V shaped blocks the side walls are very slightly not parallel. In the corner to the side of the door is a wet room containing shower, toilet and washbasin, exaggerating the "not quite parallel" effect. The bed is located with its foot nearest the door and the head under the window, with about a three or four foot space along each side. On the side containing the wet room is a blackboard for the resident to draw on with chalk and in the corner there are shelves for clothes (etc.) .On the opposite wall is a writing shelf with a blue notice board above it. The main room colour is a gentle pastel shade, which apparently can be different in different rooms. The plan is also for the external walls to be of varying colours to give a more pleasing visual effect.
It all looks very nice, but on closer scrutiny the security aspects are very apparent, There are no handles, knobs, hooks etc. There is a curtain into the wet room but no door. The room door has a panel through which food (etc.) would be passed. There are observation windows into the main room and the wet room. The blackboard and notice board are in fact really painted rectangles on the wall so there is nothing to be unscrewed and used as a weapon.
… And so on – as one would expect in such an institution.
So – a big step forward in comfort and humanity to the patients, but not a "hotel" one would choose for more than a day or so.
Feedback from the public meeting
On the 8th October we held a public meeting to inform people about proposed development in and around Crowthorne. We were pleased to welcome 66 people to this meeting who were able to look at the many plans and discuss the issues that are of concern to us all.
Borough and Parish Councillors attended the meeting and were there to answer questions and to note all the concerns that people expressed about these issues. Representatives from all the major developers were invited but it was only Bewley Homes, who are currently hoping to build on part of the Charities Land opposite the entrance to the proposed Legal and General development on the TRL site, who sent a representative
After hearing what the councils "hoped" to do in regard to the developments, one comment stood out as being an important thought we should take away from the meeting
It is clear that Crowthorne is going to be swamped by all the new development in and around the village so CVAG aims to have a public meeting at least once a year so that villagers can be better informed about what is happening. Please attend these and also join CVAG so we have a better chance to speak for the whole of the village.
Planning Application 48-50 Dukes Ride ref: "14/01073"
This is for a large block of 33 apartments for our aging population. It appears overlarge and out of character with the local street scene with unsatisfactory parking. CVAG will oppose it. Both Wokingham Without and Crowthorne parish councils have asked for an extension to the time they need to discuss it.
|Target Determination Date:||22 Dec 2014|
|Determination Deadline:||26 Jan 2015|
To view the planning application go to Bracknell Forest Council View planning applications and use reference above.
Application to build 2000 new dwellings on the Arborfield Garrison ref: "O/2014/2280"
|Deadline for Comments:||05/12/2014|
To view the planning application go to Wokingham Borough Council Search planning applications online and use reference above.
The Waterloo Hotel
The waterloo hotel is up for sale, we understand that a care home company is interested but nothing is decided. cvag will continue to monitor the situation so that the village does not lose one of the earliest victorian buildings and our first hotel.
Bracknell Planning department
BFC, in their infinite wisdom, have decided to stop sending out weekly list of planning applications. This does seem to be a retrograde step in terms of open government and consultation with the community. The information is available on the web but the onus is now on residents to check regularly. They can be accessed via the Bracknell Forest web site. www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/viewplanningapplications Please alert us to any applications that you are concerned about.