AL21 & AL22 BLP Site Specific Requirements

If the Borough Local Plan goes through in its current shape for AL21 and AL22, which isn’t guaranteed but the direction of travel at this time, then Wates will have to provide the list of “Site Specific Requirements” as detailed below and as I see it, as my role as local Councillor with the help of local residents, to ensure they deliver on this list and are not allowed to wiggle out of any of their promises.

Help me to keep them on their toes… thank you.

Reading the Inspector’s latest update, the self build should also represent 5% of the properties.

AL21 – LAND WEST OF WINDSOR, NORTH AND SOUTH OF THE A308, WINDSOR

Allocation
● Approximately 450 residential units on Green Belt land
● Strategic public open space
● Formal pitch provision for football and rugby
● Multi-functional community hub
● Educational facilities

Site area 22.76Ha

Site Specific Requirements

Development of the site will be required to:

● Retain the hidden nature of the site in the landscape through retention and reinforcement of existing tree belts and hedgerows along roads (especially the A308 Windsor Road) and by retaining low building heights that are reflective of local contextural heights.

● Be highly connected with surrounding streets and public transport corridors to ensure that the development integrates into the Windsor urban area

● Provide a highly permeable layout within the site focused on the strategic public open space;

● Provide pedestrian and cycle links through the site and into surrounding streets and rights of way to improve connectivity

● Enhance existing pedestrian and cycle links towards Maidenhead and Windsor. Protect, enhance and increase public rights of way across the site;

● Ensure that the development is well served by public bus routes/demand responsive transport/other innovative public transport solutions, with appropriate provision for new bus stop infrastructure, such that the bus is an attractive alternative to the private car for local journeys, including to local railway stations.

● Develop and implement a robust residential travel plan to manage travel to and from the site and reduce instances of single-occupancy car trips, including a car club for residents.

● Provide a strong green and blue infrastructure network across both elements of the site that uses existing trees, water courses and landscaping elements as its base framework. The Green infrastructure network will need to support enhanced biodiversity, recreation, food production and leisure functions.

● Ensure the strategic public open space is of very high design quality and is located in the southern parcel of the site with the community hub and educational facilities located near to or fronting the space.

● Retain valuable trees where possible, particularly at site boundaries

● Be of very high quality design and take design cues from the existing character of a series of fields enclosed by trees and hedgerows.

● Provide a series of character areas across the site, each focussed on an element of the green blue infrastructure network.

● Provide family housing with gardens, clusters of self-build plots and 40% affordable housing

● Ensure appropriate edge treatment and transition to the countryside

● Conserve the best and most versatile soils on the site as far as possible and ensure that food production can continue through the provision of allotments or community gardens / orchards.

● Consider flood risk as part of a Flood Risk Assessment as the site is partially located within Flood Zone 2 and 3 and bigger than one hectare

● Demonstrate the sustainable management of surface water runoff through the use of SuDS in line with policy and best practice; any proposed surface water discharge must be limited to greenfield runoff rates

● Provide appropriate mitigation measures to address the impacts of noise to protect residential amenity

● Undertake a minerals assessment to assess the viability and practicality of prior extraction of the minerals resource.

AL22- SQUIRES GARDEN CENTRE MAIDENHEAD ROAD WINDSOR

Allocation
Approximately 39 residential units
Site Size 0.74Ha

Site Specific Requirements

Development of the site will be required to:

● Be considered as part of a wider area to enable comprehensive development and effective placemaking for the Windsor growth location.

● Enhance existing pedestrian and cycle links towards Maidenhead and Windsor.

● Ensure that the development is well served by public bus routes/demand responsive transport/other innovative public transport solutions, with appropriate provision for new bus stop infrastructure, such that the bus is an attractive alternative to the private car for local journeys, including to nearby GP surgeries, leisure facilities, educational facilities and railway stations

● Safeguard trees adjoining the site Be designed to be of a high quality which supports and enhances local character

● Front onto the A308

● Consider flood risk as part of a Flood Risk Assessment as the site is partially located within Flood Zone 2

● Demonstrate the sustainable management of surface water runoff through the use of SuDS in line with policy and best practice; any proposed surface water discharge should be limited to greenfield runoff rates where feasible

● Provide appropriate mitigation measures to address the impacts of noise to protect residential amenity

● Ensure that the sewer systems including treatment works are sufficiently reinforced prior to the occupation and use of the housing.

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