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HOLDING RBWM TO ACCOUNT
Borough Local Plan
We are PRO Development
WE NEED SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
We NEED more Housing
We NEED Affordable Housing
We NEED Housing for Key Workers
We NEED Housing with a Proper Infrastructure Plan
We NEED Housing with a Vision
We NEED Housing that will protect the Character of our Areas
WE DON’T NEED THE CURRENT FLAWED PLAN
10 QUESTIONS ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING WHICH RBWM COUNCIL THUS FAR ARE RELUCTANT TO ANSWER
Is the 30% Affordable Housing promise by RBWM light on substance and heavy on populism?
RBWM is one of the most expensive places to live in the country outside of London with property prices more than double the national average. Whilst the council are proposing 14,240 additional dwellings in the proposed Local Plan, they fail to grasp the actual needs of the Borough’s residents, which is the need for more affordable housing. Recent study by Oxford Brookes University shows that Affordable housing has fallen by 43% in the last 8 years. What will RBWM do to ensure that the current plan will deliver real affordable housing?
Our Video highlights 10 questions on Affordable Housing which RBWM Council thus far are reluctant to answer:
The 10 questions are also available in pdf version here
Leading QC says “approach to consultation process is unlawful”
RRAG took advice from John Hobson QC, of Landmark Chambers, and received a written Opinion from him which stated that the process of consultation which the Council [RBWM] is undertaking does not comply with the requirements of the relevant regulations. It is “unduly restrictive, misleading and fails to accord with regulation 20 in particular. The present consultation process should be abandoned and a fresh consultation process commenced”. John Hobson's Opinion is available to read in full here.
We sent this Opinion to the Borough on Friday 21 July, together with a letter from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who also clearly stated that “there is no limitation as to what topics of the plan residents may comment on”, and we asked the Borough to withdraw the consultation.
This is what the Borough has finally decided to do; but it’s regrettable that it took a legal opinion to convince them to change their minds. Even now, the wording used by the Borough is highly technical and is not inviting to local residents; they may be adhering to the letter of the law but certainly not to its spirit.
Maidenhead Golf Club
One of the sites proposed for 2,000 units under the
The BLP will change the
character of our Bourough beyond