Ascot and the Sunnings draft neighbourhood plan is released

Published: 29 Jun 2013 09:300 comments

An impression of how Ascot and the Sunnings could develop over the next 15 years has been released.

After nearly three years in the making, the proposed neighbourhood plan for Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale is being submitted by the two parish councils for consultation with the local community and statutory bodies.

The proposed plan has been prepared by local residents, based on evidence gathered and feedback from local people and businesses.

The steering group carried out four major consultations, to ensure that the plan incorporates and reflects the majority of views expressed by the community.

Margaret Morgan and Charles Appleby, co-chairs of the steering group for the Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale Neighbourhood Plan, are appealing for residents to make their voices heard by commenting on the draft plan.

Margaret said: "This is your final chance to give us your comments on proposals that will help shape development in our area for the next 15 years.

"In preparing this draft, every effort has been made to reflect the majority views received from previous consultation feedback, whilst also recognising that we need to conform to government and borough policies."

Following this consultation and any final amendment, the plan will be submitted to the Royal Borough to publicise before going to an independent examiner. If passed, it will then be put to the vote by local residents in a public referendum, which is expected to be in early spring next year, before becoming planning policy.

Charles added: "Development in our area will take place; it is government policy to encourage it and we need more new homes.

"The neighbourhood plan is our opportunity to ensure we get the right type of development and in the right locations, where it will not harm the character of our area we all so wish to protect".

The closing date for comments is August 7.

A copy of the plan is available at both parish offices, local libraries and by clicking here

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