Sunningdale Park housing program will see additional homes built
CONTENTIOUS plans to add more homes to a major scheme in a rural village were narrowly approved after its split advisers.
Developer Berkley Homes had planned to build 168 homes, a 103-unit care community and the provision of nearly 17 hectares of Appropriate Alternative Natural Green Space (SANG) on the greenbelt lands of Sunningdale Park, Larch Avenue in Ascot, approved in 2019.
But now planners have revised part of the program to provide 96 units, which is an increase of 22 units.
Three of the previously approved market homes in the Mackenzie House building will be converted to affordable housing following an overhaul and over two hectares of additional green space will be provided.
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A total of 41 affordable units will be delivered on-site, while two more affordable apartments will be delivered off-site.
This is to offer a wider range of accommodation, such as one-bed apartments and three-bedroom houses.
The parking spaces will be increased by 32 spaces, for a total of 204 spaces, nine of which will be reserved for visitors.
Planning officers believed that the new homes and additional BLOOD outweighed the damage to the greenbelt and the character of the area. They recommended that advisers postpone and delegate plans to the planner, subject to developers getting affordable homes and BLOOD.
At a Windsor and Ascot Development Management Committee meeting on Wednesday, December 1, plans split councilors and three motions were presented to deny and approve the request.
Layout of the proposed diagram
Opposing the project, Brendan Fitzmaurice, a resident of Sunningdale, urged members to reject a building’s “monolithic slab”, fearing it would affect the street scene.
He said: “They [the homes] will dominate and change the character of the area. No wonder more than 60 residents have written to the planning team to oppose this development.
“They know that this will have a very negative impact on the surroundings and the avenue in terms of over-urbanization, increased traffic and creation of parking problems.”
Berkley Home representative Caroline McHardy said the new program “makes better use” of the land and the Royal Borough will benefit from more housing and affordable housing while increasing biodiversity. Meanwhile, Cllr Carole Da Costa (WWRA: Clewer & Dedworth East) appreciated the inclusion of renewable energy in the program.
Independent advisor Neil Knowles (Old Windsor) felt that the benefits of the revamped project did not outweigh the damage to the street scene and the greenbelt. This prompted him to bring forward a motion to deny the plans.
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Cllr Knowles thought the original scheme was the “lesser of two evils.”
He said: “The size of this extension in height, the different materials used and its layout, I think, will actually create more damage than the existing plan.
“It might not be aesthetic, but I think the use of the brick color and design kind of blends into the woodland decors slightly better than what looks like Portland stone and siding. Greco-Roman. ”
His motion was defeated. Meanwhile, a motion of approval presented by Cllr Carole Da Costa was also rejected.
However, Cllr Shamsul Shelim (Con: Eton & Castle) brought forward a motion for approval but added a construction traffic management plan condition to alleviate traffic problems on narrow roads.
His motion was narrowly passed with five councilors voting for and four against.