HELP PROTECT THE FUTURE OF COOKHAM
WE NEED TO ACT NOW TO SAVE OUR VILLAGE
Windsor and Maidenhead Borough council have approved a local plan to
develop and build 270 new houses in Cookham between now and 2033.
The planned proposal is for 220 new homes on Cookham's Greenbelt
- Land east of Strande Park, Cookham (20 homes) - ref: AL38
- Land north of Lower Mount Farm, Long Lane, Cookham (200 homes) - ref: AL37
and a further 50 homes on
- Cookham Gas holder, Whyteladyes Lane, Cookham (50 homes) - ref: AL36
SAVE COOKHAM IS PRO-DEVELOPMENT, BUT FOR THE CORRECT REASONS AND WITH THE RIGHT INFRASTRUCTURE FOR COOKHAM IN MIND. WE NEED TO HAVE OUR SAY BEFORE ITS TOO LATE.
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THE DEADLINE FOR OBJECTIONS IS 25th AUGUST 2017
You can view the plans on the development portal, you will need to head to "housing", "development sites", "HA40 Lower Mount Farm" (7.4) or simply click the button below.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW IS HERE:
Click on the link below to view our breifing notes, prepared to help you understand more about the latest changes to the borough local plan and how you can make objections:
HOW WILL FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS AFFECT COOKHAM?
HELPING SHAPE THE FUTURE OF COOKHAM FOR ITS RESIDENTS
- USAGE OF GREENBELT -
There is simply no space for development in Cookham without the use of greenbelt. It is vital new developments promote wildlife conservation, flood prevention, and the conservation of the separate three Cookham villages and the Borough need to prove that it's a truly viable option. Curently there is 220 homes planned on Greenbelt in Cookham.
- LOCAL SCHOOLS -
Our already overcrowded local schools will be required to accommodate an influx of new families and children.
It is vital that money is put in place by developers and that we secure future funding by the council to help expand and create a solid future for our schools and our children's education.
- OVER POPULATION & TRAFFIC -
Already over polluted in rush-hour, the historic Cookham streets are narrow and will inevitably struggle with more traffic. This will be particularly obvious on The Pound, The Moor, Cookham High St, Lower Road and Long Lane (which currently has passing places only) and the one way systems of Cookham Bridge and the railway bridge on Canondale Road (at the end of Whyteladyes Lane)
To secure the safe movement of the current levels of traffic and safeguard against potential increases, there needs to be a redevelopment of the Cookham traffic system before any other dwellings are put in place, to prevent further problems in the future.
Cookham Medical Centre is a small practice which is already struggling to maintain levels of care with the current level of patient need. Further investment would be necessary to fund an expansion to the practice, in addition to the increase levels of staffing to serve an increasing community.
There also needs to be thought put into the location and access to the current surgery, as well as parking for patients.
SEWERAGE AND DRAINAGE
Whyteladyes lane would struggle to service increased levels of housing without a significant reduction in service, without huge investment in pipe expansion.
The vast majority of the sewage system in Cookham is cast iron pipes that are out of date and not built for the capacity of houses.
There would need to be a complete redevelopment of the sewers and drainage alongside any new development in order to maintain the current standards of drainage.
- TRANSPORT AND AMENITIES -
We currently do not have the infrastructure to support the required transport links, shops or parking for a substantial new development. Where will the additional parking be for amenities?
The Maidenhead to Bourne End line is already a busy line with London commuters and Network Rail have no current plans to electrify the line therefore limiting the service that they can run, we need to ensure the influx of new residents can use these sevices without reaching capacity.
- OTHER SITES ARE AVAILABLE -
It is widely documented that RBWM currently has over a thousand vacant properties in the area. There needs to be evidence that all current resources have been used before implementing new builds.
It is imperative that Brownfield sites (like the Gas Holdings on Whyteladyes Lane) are used first, before Greenbelt land. Otherwise, we are needlessly destroying what makes us unique.
The facts and figures are broken down here:
HOW CAN I HAVE MY SAY?
DEADLINE FOR RESPONSES IS 15th DECEMBER 2019
It is imperative that we voice our concerns now before it's too late. There are many ways you can do this...
You can comment on the proposed changes to the BLPSV here:
Via RBWM Consultation Portal (Under Section 7. Housing > 7.4 Policy HO1 Housing Development Sites > AL37, AL38, AL39 )
Alternatively, the Representations Form can be viewed and downloaded. Completed forms can be returned as follows:
Via email to: email@example.com
Via post to: FREEPOST RBWM PLANNING POLICY
DON'T DELAY | HAVE YOUR SAY
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