Public Meeting 28th September 2000
The Clewer Manor Area Planning Action Group
are holding a meeting about Imperial Park
Fund Raising Publication
The Clewer Manor Area Planning Action Group have produced a publication to raise funds with regard to the Clewer Manor campaign. The booklet costs £10 and is available from Susan Shearer, Windsor 861506.
29th September 1999
October 1999 News
The next community meeting concerning the current development proposals will be held on Thursday, 21 October, at 7.30 pm in Dedworth All Saints' Church Hall. All interested residents are warmly invited to attend.
In light of the agreement to delegate this matter to Council Officers and Ward Councillors (DC South Planning Panel Meeting 29 September 1999, Windsor, Guildhall), we, as residents, will be looking at strategies which would enable us to continue to influence the decisions being taken
So far, we have been successful on a number of key issues including lowering the number of dwellings proposed for the site, deletion of access through Bailey Close (helping to limit traffic generation in Hatch lane), and having the need for Public Open Space more adequately addressed We have also commissioned an independent Tree Survey by leading national expert Colin Bashford MBE, the subject of recent front-page coverage in the Observer newspaper, which has brought pressure on the applicants to relocate certain elements in the proposed site layout A commemorative edition containing the survey, a brief history of Clewer Manor and Haileybury School, historical maps of the area and statements from the local bodies who joined together to commission the survey has been produced in order to raise needed funds to cover the costs involved in carrying out the arboricultural report.
Many, many thanks to all area residents who have taken time to write to the Council regarding the Haileybury planning applications, attended community or related meetings, signed the traffic petition, completed a questionnaire covering issued raised by the proposals, delivered community letters such as this one, or shown support for residents' views and concerns in a variety of other ways. As a result, community needs have been more accurately judged and taken into consideration. If you would like to support this ongoing work with a small donation towards printing costs, please send a cheque for an amount of your choice payable to The Clewer Group (mark on the back of your cheque 'Clewer Manor') to 14 Bailey Close, Windsor, SL4 3 RD. Please enclose an s.a.e. should you wish for an acknowledgement. Thank you very much indeed if you have already made a donation.
Further information about the tree survey and on the community issues raised by these proposals may be obtained by writing to The Clewer Group (mark on the back of your cheque 'Clewer Manor') to 14 Bailey Close, Windsor, SL4 3 RD
Clewer Manor - Haileybury
School Development Plans
Several community meetings have been held for the purposes of disseminating information, positive discussion and gathering opinions. A survey and a petition have also been circulated in order to establish a clear perspective on the feelings of local residents, individuals who are regularly in the local area, and some of the schools which would most directly feel the impact of any development. All of this has been undertaken because it is widely felt that when the community is informed, encouraged and included in planning matters, the end result of any planning processes and decisions is far more satisfactory and more likely to be harmoniously integrated into an existing community situation.
We note the changes outlined in your letter of 20 July 1999, and in the supporting letter from Paul Dickinson dated 6 July 1999 which accompanies the amended plans available for public inspection at York House. As a local community group we welcome
In light of serious and reasonable concerns still remaining , however, we would like to see additional changes in the proposals to include
1. A further reduction in the number of dwellings, showing an omission of 6 flats and 6 houses from the area immediately surrounding the mature, high amenity category trees in front of the listed wall, on the grounds of
We would favour the retention of the natural boundaries of this area created by the currently used original carriageways, as they also constitute an important landscape feature in keeping with the Manor and forming an integral part of its setting. It seems possible to integrate these existing roadways into the new network serving the rest of the new development.
Were this area to be developed, and the Hospice to be given permission to expand, a dense 'corridor' would fill what is now open space, with the subsequent and significant loss of the site's spatial and visual amenity. This would also place substantial pressure on the aforementioned mature trees, increasing the likelihood of their eventual deterioration and demise. We ask what geological surveys have been done on site, both in relation to the trees and to the amount of development-related disturbance to clay sub-soil conditions which include several underground streams. A number of properties in Hatch Lane and Bailey Close have had to be or are being underpinned, and a similar number continue to experience regular flooding in their gardens under certain conditions. The Headmaster's house on the Haileybury site appears also to be badly affected by these conditions.
2. The removal of any footpath or access of any type from Bailey Close on the grounds of
3. Additional playing fields/open space which could be made available for public and school use.
We would like also to call attention to the general traffic situation encompassing the site, and the need to consider the traffic issues inherent in this development within the Windsor context. We understand that the required survey of peak hour movements associated with Haileybury School when it was in operation on the site was carried out, although not under representative road conditions for WGS (there would have been no sixth form, and possibly no fifth form pupils on-site at that time in the term) nor in "worst case scenario" conditions, such as Ascot Week (the week following the one day on which the survey was carried out).
The Royal Borough's own TPP document for 1999/2000 confirms that their monitoring programmes confirm a continuing rise in traffic levels (p. 4, paragraph 2.11), also suggested in tile traffic survey carried out to support the LEGOLAND development proposal. That survey revealed heavy congestion, and indeed periodic saturation, of Imperial Road junctions and Imperial Road and other roads feeding it. Whether or not a lawful limit was established when Haileybury used that access, the fact remains that the access has not been used by that amount of traffic for two years. During that time, surrounding traffic has increased and the traffic pattern has changed in response to the absence of week-long Haileybury traffic.
We suggest that a considerable impact on existing traffic in Imperial Road will be experienced when the new traffic begins to emerge from the road access, and that its reverberations will be felt throughout the road system in the area. We are approaching GRIDLOCK. We ask to see the results of the year-long monitoring which was to have taken place, in agreement with the then County Council (February 1993), following the opening of Legoland.