Windsor: 135 properties plan submitted

MAJOR plans to develop on former green belt land west of Windsor have been submitted after being 15 years in the works.

Developer Wates Developments have submitted outline plans to build 135 homes, 54 of which are proposed to be affordable, north of the A308.

The scheme also includes public open space, allotments, play spaces, electric vehicle charging points, an on-site car club to minimize private car ownership, and landscaped areas resulting in a net gain of 30 percent.

Wates is seeking outline planning consent, meaning it is asking the council if it agrees with the development in principle before a full planning application is submitted.

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The whole west Windsor site, which is allocated in the borough local plan known as AL21, is earmarked for 450 homes, 180 of which are affordable, a special educational needs school, a community centre, public open space, pedestrian/cycle crossings of the A308, allotments, play spaces, an outdoor gym, and highway improvements.

It is anticipated the developer will submit another application for the remaining homes next month.

The plans have been in the works for 15 years after rigorous engagement with the community, council, and key stakeholders. A stakeholder master plan that outlined Wates engagement was approved by cabinet councilors last year.

Wates Developments associate director Jordan van Laun said: “It is a fantastic step to move forward with this submission after 15 years’ worth of the sites assessment and extensive engagement with the local community.

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“Throughout the process of developing a stakeholder master plan for the AL21 the Wates team has looked to engage with the local community at every stage.

“As a result of this important engagement, there have been significant changes made to ensure the proposals meet the policy aspirations and provide significant benefits for the new and existing residents to enjoy.

“We trust these benefits will deliver attractive family homes to meet the demands of current and future generations in the borough.”

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