As you know our measure of residents opinions in 2014 concluded that 90% of residents are against building in Green Belt.
Also we have concern over building in flood danger areas.
You may have noted that the Green Belt area HA18 between the A308 and Bray Lake has been indicated in the draft Local Plan for both houses and the Thames Hospice.
Bray Parish Council put the Thames Hospice in touch with me. They wished to make themselves known to Residents and to advise of their plans.
I visited Thames Hospice and met with their CEO Debbie Raven, and she gave me a copy of plans that can be accessed below. She tells me that these are subject to change and already they intend only one entrance from the A308, not the two shown.
Debbie also advised that they have not yet made a planning application. The planning application has now been made - its reference number is 17/00798/FULL.
I have advised Debbie that I am concerned about that location due to its being on flood plain, however she tells me that their architect can take this into account.
I consider that if RBWM is determined that the area be built upon, then it is better for us that the Hospice be there, in part of the area, than if it is all houses.
I believe that only houses would generate more road traffic than would houses and the Hospice. Also I think that the view from homes on the A308 opposite would be better with the Hospice than with houses.
Further, some of us may need the hospice some day!
If any of you wish to contact Thames Hospice please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Their website is www.thameshospice.org.uk
My blog above may lead some to think that I am in favour of the Thames Hospice being built. This is not the case. I prefer that the land remains as Green Belt without any building.
For this reason I objected to the Thames Hospice Planning application on 11th April 2017. My objection was as follows;
Planning Application 17/00798
I object to this proposal.
The land is Green belt and on a flood plain.
See report "The Assessment of Flood Risk for Proposed Development Sites at Holyport, by Dr Harvey J.E. Rodda FRGS March 2014" at;
http://www.holyportresidentsassociation.org/uploads/1/7/5/3/17536303/hps_rbwm_hydrology.pdf which on page 6 shows the area to be "Major aquifer intermediate vulnerability". On page 9 we see that the land is flood risk 3 and 2.
This can also be seen directly on the Environment Agency map at;
It is on the busy A308, which due to presence of street lighting should be a restricted road with a 30 mph speed limit. However for reasons that have not been revealed to me by RBWM the speed limit is currently 40mph.
This road is already far too busy. Residents who live on it find it extremely difficult to drive out of their properties.
The parking space to be provided within the Hospice area is over 200. This is an indication of too much new traffic that would arise from this proposed development.