Cookham's Green Belt Listed for Housing
(9 April 2009)
Safeguarding and advancement of the
Cookhams, in the Royal County of Berkshire.
Cookham Society is urging its members to make their feelings known to the
Royal Borough with regard to the current Green Belt review and its
Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA).
Just over 125 hectares of Green Belt land in Cookham has been
earmarked and potentially could be used for housing.
The Society has obtained the list of proposed sites.
the Borough’s own estimates of 30 dwellings per hectare, this could
result in more than 3750 additional homes in Cookham.
Development on this scale would mean that Cookham would lose its
village, uniqueness and ability to attract visitors and would become
congested with traffic. It
would become a suburb of Maidenhead.
larger sites include Cannon Court Farm; land at Lower Mount Farm and
Grubwood Lane; land north of Burnt Oak and west of Sutton Close.
Kilner, Chairman, commented that:
is the type of consultation which appears to have little immediate effect
but has far reaching consequences. We
urge all residents to write to firstname.lastname@example.org
to oppose the inclusion of these areas as potential housing development
sites before the April 20th consultation deadline”
needed before April 20th
Planning Group of The Cookham Society has decided to take the unusual step
of writing directly to all members to alert them to two
separate consultations and a Green Belt Review currently taking
place at The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead all of which directly
affect Cookham. These three
areas of work are all important.
Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)
2006 and 2026, the Borough has been targeted to produce an additional 6920
dwellings in The South East Plan. The SHLAA will simply list and map sites
within the Borough which have the
potential for housing development and you will note that
some of them are situated in the Green Belt.
of these sites, if developed, would narrow the gap between Maidenhead and
Cookham to an unacceptable degree and create major traffic issues for our
Village. The final decision about which sites will be selected will be
made in The Local Development Framework (LDF).
However, you may wish to comment on the sites before then.
urge you to read the report, take an informed view and respond to the
Borough, but this must be done by
April 20th. The
details can be found on the borough’s website: http://www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/pp_development_sites.htm
simply type SHLAA in the search engine.
All the sites above are not listed in the report’s appendices -
we had to ask for them separately – these are from appendices 7,8 and 9.
The address for responses is Planning Policy Manager, RBWM Planning Service, Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1RF or by e-mail to email@example.com
don’t leave responding to this consultation to someone else – your
views can make a difference at the stage when policies are being
Local Development Framework Options Consultation
All households should
have received a document from the Borough asking them to choose between high,
medium or low density development. If
you have misplaced yours then go on line http://www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/pp_core_strategy.htm
(or simply type LDF Options into the search engine.) and complete the
on-line questionnaire – it will take only a few minutes:
For Question One, the choice that we will make for this consultation is “other”. The reason we will make this choice is whereas we may
believe that high density is a good idea in the heart of a town centre, we
do not believe that to be the case in surrounding areas.
For Question Two, we will be placing a ‘5’ against the importance
of the Green Belt.
Question Three, we will select ‘A larger number of smaller sites’ given only the two choices but
again have the issue with the right
development for the right area.
Question Four, we will select ‘Land
next to town centres and other existing employment areas’.
The full document,
which we as a Society, intend to reply to is much larger: the background
and the long version of each of the questions can be accessed on the
Alternatively, the address for responses is Planning Policy Manager, RBWM Planning Service, Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1RF or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
don’t leave responding to this consultation to someone else – have a
hand in shaping the environment in which we live
Green Belt Boundary Study
Borough has been reviewing its land in the Green Belt and has so far come
to the conclusion that the following two
locations in Cookham warrant a change to the Green Belt boundary to
enable their inclusion.
Space next to Holy Trinity Church (between the Parish Centre and Vicarage
Close) and Land at Cookham House (River
end of Berries Road)
areas are not exhaustive and work is still underway to establish the
potential of other locations that may be included in the study at a later
date, and subsequently considered for designation as Green Belt.
The Society notes the absence of Poundfield
and hopes the Borough will finally place this important site back into the
is no specific deadline for this consultation, as for the other two
reports, but it would be helpful for you to make your initial comments at
this time regarding land which you feel should be included by writing to:
Planning Officer , Planning and Development Unit, Royal Borough of Windsor
and Maidenhead, Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1RF. Direct line:
01628 796303 or again via the email@example.com
don’t leave responding to this review to someone else – once we lose
our semi rural Green Belt environment we cannot get it back.
Enquiries: Bill Spicer 01628 525258 firstname.lastname@example.org
 Figures are based on RBWM figures at 30 dwellings per hectare and some Cookham Society estimates based on the same
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