Housing and Planning in North Ascot

Bracknell Forest Council (BFC) Planning Department approves or refuses each planning application for housing development in Winkfield Parish. The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) Planning Department approves or refuses each planning application for housing development in Sunninghill & Ascot Parish. The BFC & RBWM websites both make it easy for the public to search for planning applications on the Planning Register. However not all planning applications are published. These approvals or refusals are influenced by a wide range of considerations, including
  • Recommendations (refuse or approve) from Winkfield Parish Council and/or from Sunninghill & Ascot Parish Council.
  • Recommendations (refuse or approve) from pressure groups e.g. SPAE.
  • Recommendations (refuse or approve) from members of the public. The BFC & RBWM websites both display letters of objection and letters of support for each published planning application.
  • National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)
  • Bracknell Forest Local Plan and/or The Royal Borough of Windsor Maidenhead Local Plan.
  • Strategic Housing Market Assessments (SHMA), Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA), Objectively Assessed Housing Needs (OAHN) and Housing Land Supply (HLS) .
  • London Metropolitan Geen Belt. Over 70% of our area is Green Belt Land.
  • Thames Basin Heath Special Protection Area, SANGS & SAMM
  • Protecting Wildlife Habitat & Corridors
  • Green Gaps to prevent coalescence between settlements
  • Protected Trees
  • Traffic, Road Infrastructure, Public Transport & Sustainable Transport
  • Character of the Area. Click here to learn about an attempt to build a block of 10 apartments near Ascot High Street (Wells Lane Ascot SL5 7DY). This attempt was thwarted by an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. The inspector dismissed an appeal because the 10 apartments were not in keeping with the Character of the Area.
  • S106 and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
  • Assets of the Community. East Herts Council refused a planning application because demolition of The Bridge House Pub, Hertford would involve the loss of a community facility. Some councils dispute this connection between planning applications and Assets of the Community.
  • Affordable Housing
  • Neighbourhood Plans. The Winkfield Neighbourhood Plan has not yet been adopted by Bracknell Forest Council, so it currently has no formal bearing on any planning application decision, but this might change in year 2019. The Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale Neighbourhood Plan has been adopted by The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, so it can and does influence decisions about planning applications.