Ascot Heatherwood Hospital site could see more than 200 new homes built
An aging hospital in Ascot could be demolished to make way for 230 new homes.
Heatherwood Hospital, which was first used as a hospital in 1922, has been undergoing redevelopment since Councilors for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead gave the green light to build a new hospital at the Heatherwood site, which is nearing completion.
However, the opening date for the new hospital has been delayed after extensive flooding over the May public holiday affecting the lower levels of the site due to a broken pipe.
The hospital closure was first agreed to in 2013 and developers Taylor Wimpey undertook a virtual consultation earlier this year as they prepared to submit a request for reserved questions while medical services moved to the new site.
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Taylor Wimpey and Frimley Heath NHS Foundation Trust have now submitted plans and are seeking permission to redevelop the site into 230 houses, including three with two beds, 88 with three beds and 16 with four bedrooms.
The plans also include a five-story building with 14 one-bed, 77 two-bed and 32 three-bedroom apartments.
The promoters also offer 368 parking spaces including visitors and automobile clubs, terminals for electric vehicles, 434 bicycle and storage spaces, new open public spaces, a toucan passage on the High Street, and tree retention as well as ‘new landscaping.
According to Taylor Wimpey, more than 1,300 households and businesses have been invited to comment on the proposal, but the design and access statement says only 46 responded by email, letter and online.
Only 62 percent supported or remained neutral on the project and 39 percent are either strongly opposed or opposed.
The comments prompted the developers to return to the drawing board to reduce the amount of on-site parking on the site, improve the quality of open spaces, reduce the number of three-story houses, decrease the amount of hard paving on the site. , and better respond to the local climate emergency.
Robin Pearmain, Senior Planning Director at Taylor Wimpey West London, said: “We are committed to engaging with the local community regarding our proposals for reserved residential issues and have listened carefully to the comments received during our public consultation.
“In finalizing our plans, we sought to respond positively to feedback from the local community and stakeholders to ensure the creation of an exemplary program, which delivers much-needed new homes onto a brownfield site.
“We are proud to be associated with the redevelopment of the Heatherwood Hospital site and our program has been carefully designed to express a strong sense of identity and create an enhanced green gateway to Ascot. ”
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