News just in from Wates regarding AL21

Dear AL21 Working Group Members,

We hope you are well,

We would like to thank you for your support over the recent consultation period as we look to finalise the stakeholder masterplan document for AL21. During the month-long consultation, we received 55 comments on our interactive map, 45 people filled in the feedback form and we received nine full written consultation responses.

The Wates Developments team have been reviewing this feedback and understanding how these comments can be incorporated into the stakeholder masterplan document for AL21 ensuring that our proposals meet the expectations and priorities for the community.

As part of this process, we will be completing short feedback summaries on the comment pins placed on our interactive map, so that visitors to the website can follow the journey. We have also uploaded an updated version of the stakeholder masterplan document incorporating feedback from the consultation, this is available here – STAKEHOLDER MASTERPLAN (landwestofwindsor.co.uk).

We communicated at the last working group meeting, that once the stakeholder masterplan document for AL21 was completed it would be presented to the RBWM Cabinet for approval for development management purposes, as the overarching document to guide the preparation of the formal planning application.

A short summary of the feedback received includes:

  • When asked about how the AL21 site should be connected into the wider Dedworth and Oakley Green, 54% of respondents were supportive of pedestrian and cycling links.
  • When asked about the type of news homes that would be most well received on the AL21 site there was high support for affordable/starter homes (67%), homes suitable for young families (71%) and homes for mature families (50%).
  • 48% of respondents supported the notion of provided bins, benches, and an outdoor gym along the Willows Path to support the work of the Neighbourhood Plan, 90% of those responding supported the intention to retain the veteran oak trees present on the AL21 site.
  • 57% of respondents felt that the Stakeholder Masterplan process was useful (with reservations), and 25% of respondents fully supported the process as a tool to promote local engagement.

Following dialogue with RBWM officers we understand that this will be presented at the Cabinet meeting on 28th October, 19.00 – there will be a video link of the meeting available here – Agenda for Cabinet on Thursday, 28th October, 2021, 7.00 pm (moderngov.co.uk)

Within the papers presented to the Cabinet ahead of the meeting, page 179 is the document summaries the consultation and stakeholder master plan, along with page 191 forming a summary of all the feedback received, Wates Developments’ response and a review by RBWM officers- (Public Pack) Agenda Document for Cabinet, 28/10/2021 19:00 (moderngov.co.uk).

Following this Cabinet meeting, we will share a short update on the next steps for the project, if you would like to contact a member of the AL21 development team please do not hesitate to email me.

Kind regards,

The AL21 Wates Developments Team

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