For the attention of the Bray Parish Council.
Dear Janice Eden Bagley,
I write to formally document how important it is to many Holyport Residents Association members and other Holyport Residents, that the land between Aysgarth Park, Holyport Road, Ascot Road, Blind Lane and Old Holyport will not be built upon.
This email will also be copied to others, and placed on the HRA website so that I am seen to have re-emphasised this point.
I refer to the letter of 17th November 2012 that the leader of the Bray Parish Neighbourhood Plan sent to RBWM, the text of which follows below;
I write on behalf of the Steering Group of the Bray Parish Neighbourhood Plan ("BPNP") with reference to my letter of 16 March 2012 where amongst other topics and under the heading of Housing and the Built Environment I gave an example of something that might be discussed with the local residents in due course as part of any consultation;
“e.g. In return for allowing some mixed housing development in the proposal area covering the fields south of Aysgarth Park we would want the landowner / developer to donate some land for community use with the suggestion the Holyport Primary School is moved there. In addition other community facilities could also be included such as a doctor’s surgery and possibly a community Hall. With careful layout and additional green spaces, this would consolidate all the community services and provide a new centre for the village.”
As you are aware, in March 2012 the BPNP was in the early stages of Neighbourhood Planning and had not then had the benefit of hearing local resident’s views as part of their participation in recent BPNP workshop meetings. As a result of these workshops the BPNP now has a clear indication of the strength of feeling amongst Bray Parish residents that Bray Parish Green Belt is inviolable except in special circumstances where there is significant community support and benefit.
The BPNP will therefore have as one of its key policies that any developments on any land in the Parish that is in the green belt, such as the aforementioned land or parts of it, should only take place if there is a significant community benefit and a majority of those living in the area have voted for the proposed development at a specially convened consultation meeting as part of any planning application.
The proposal in the letter of 16th March 2012 to build on the land identified above arose from the Housing and Built Environment Topic Group within the BPNP.
The leader of that group is now a Bray Parish Councillor.
As you know, in an area where there is a Parish Council, the Neighbourhood Plan for that area must be created by or under the control of the Parish Council and it is the Parish Council and its councillors that have final responsibility for it.
The text of the Bray Parish Neighbourhood Plan letter of 17th November 2012 from the leader of the Bray Parish Neighbourhood Plan, who is also the Leader of the Parish Council, gives hope that the Parish Council itself is supportive of the concept of the aforementioned letter, that Bray Parish Council will not allow building on the aforementioned land unless a majority of those living in the area have voted for the proposed development at a specially convened consultation meeting as part of any planning application.
I would like to have confirmation from you, the Bray Parish Council's Proper Officer, that Bray Parish Council will not allow building on the aforementioned land unless a majority of those living in the area have voted for the proposed development at a specially convened consultation meeting as part of any planning application.
Chairman, Holyport Residents Association, Old Pines, Holyport Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire