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18th May 2015

The date and venue for the Public Inquiry has been set for the 9th, 10th and 11th June at Maidenhead Town Hall, Desborough Suite, St Ives Road, Maidenhead. Please attend in numbers to show your opposition, we look forward to seeing you there.

27th October 2014
Excellent news, due to all the hard work, letter writing and attending meetings by a large number of Datchet residents, the Secretary of State has again called in the Traveller/Gypsy application (14/2226127). This second application has been reduced by 1 pitch classifying it as not a major development, therefore normally the Secretary of State does not call this type of application in. We have a further opportunity to stop this development on Green Belt and Flood Plain, as I am sure you all remember the floods earlier this year and the total disruption it caused to the village. It is important to maintain as much Green Belt in Datchet as possible. This is the plan:-

Ewan Larcombe has applied for Rule 6 Status (he is a Parish Councillor but his evidence will not be presented on behalf of the Parish Council). Rule 6 Status gives each party an opportunity to question the applicant etc. and put their points of view across at the Inquiry. Datchet Common Community Group was awarded Rule 6 status the last time around, but it makes sense to work together with Ewan Larcombe this time. We are trying to keep costs down.

800 signatures were collected on the electronic poll the first time around, with a further 160 plus objection letters sent to Windsor & Maidenhead Borough Council and the Secretary of State offices. This new application also has a large number of objection letters. However there was some confusion that the previous objection letters would be carried forward to the new application sadly this was not the case. It is really important that even if you wrote last time, write again!!

We would like to instruct Paul Butt an independent Planning Consultant, who assisted Datchet Common Community Group on the last application. Paul would write a comprehensive letter of representation and attend the Public Inquiry for one day to speak to the Inspector on behalf of the Datchet Residents. His fee would be in the region of £3,875 plus VAT.

Inquiries are open to members of the public, and although you do not have a legal right to speak, the Inspector will normally allow you to do so. If you want to speak at the inquiry, you need to think about what you want to say and how you want to say it. Therefore it may be more beneficial to instruct Paul Butt to speak on the residents behalf.

If each household could donate (via our web site www.datchetcommon.co.uk) the sum of £50.00 this would cover Paul Butts costs and allow us to make a clear and concise representation.

In Summary how can you help?

Write a letter by the 6th November 2014. By email helen.skinner@pins.gsi.gov.uk quoting Pins ref no. APP/T0355/V/14/2226127 or if you do not have the internet, send 3 copies to The Planning Inspectorate Room, 3/26 Hawk Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN. You can use the same letter you submitted before.

Make a donation by visiting www.datchetcommon.co.uk

We have an opportunity to save our Green Belt and keep the Flood Plain to protect Datchet.

6th October 2014
Application called in by Secretary of State

As you may have heard, the Secretary of State has called in the resubmitted planning application for determination at a Public Inquiry. The date has not yet been set, but we will update and let you know once this happens.

Unless our side is heard, the Inspector will only get one side of the story.

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO ENSURE OUR CASE IS HEARD. HOW?

1. A fighting fund is required to assist in the costs of engaging a top planning consultant to attend the Inquiry on our behalf. Some pledges have already been received. Please visit the DONATE button – every little helps. And if you have any fund raising ideas that would help the Group e mail us on datchetcommon@hotmail.co.uk

2. You can write to the Inspectorate independently to make your views known – letters must be received by the 6th November 2014. Email helen.skinner@pins.gsi.gov.uk or write to:

The Planning Inspectorate
Room 3/26, Hawk Wing
Temple Quay House
2 The Square
Temple Quay
Bristol
BS1 6PN

Please include the PINS reference APP/T0355/V/14/2226127

REMEMBER THE DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS IS 6th November 2014

3. Please keep watching this web site – for further news and updates as it happens.

10th July 2014
Important: Development Control Panel Meeting – Wed 16 July

We heard this morning that the Officers have published their report and are recommending approval of the Traveller Site, application no. 14/01370/FULL. It will go to the Windsor Urban Development Control Panel on Wednesday 16th July at 7pm in the Main Chamber Guildhall, High Street, Windsor.

It would be good if we could get a number of people to attend to show the Council that a large number of Datchet residents disapprove of this scheme. I have written to the Secretary of State asking him to call it in, as the Environment Agency still are objecting in principle. We can only hope he does.

We would like to thank everyone that has written their letters to the Council in the past.

12th May 2014
New planning application 14/01370

Please click here for information on a new Traveller Application No 14/01370 for Land at Datchet Common, Horton Road. The previous planning application was withdrawn as the Environment Agency would not drop their objection to the proposal and obviously they thought was the may lose the permission. As the previous application was for 10 units this is classified as a major development and therefore because the EA objected the application automatically gets called in to the Secretary of State and goes to a public inquiry, which is what happened.

However the new application is for 9 pitches and a Warden’s Office (whatever that may be) so therefore is not classed a major application, but if enough residents object we can still ask the Secretary of State to call it in.

There is a Parish Council meeting tonight (Monday 12th May) at 8pm in the village hall, please, if you can attend the more residents the better.

It is important to write to make your views known, the latest date is th 5th June 2014.

26th April 2014
BREAKING NEWS – UPDATE ON GYPSY/TRAVELLER APPLICATION AT THE REAR OF HORTON ROAD

Following a number of meetings between the Applicants, Local Authority and the Environment Agency, the Environment Agency have made a formal response to the Local Authority regarding the issue of flooding on the site as per the attached letter. Whilst a number of technical issues have been resolved, they continue to have an “in principle” objection to the proposal.

In response the Applicants have withdrawn their application and there will be no Public Inquiry in September.

HOWEVER, as seen below, it is their intention to submit a further application in due course.

We will let you know when this new application is in, so again you can make representations as you see fit.

DCCG

—- Forwarded Message —–
From: Angus Murdoch
To:
Sent: Friday, 25 April 2014, 11:31
Subject: FW: Mill Lane, Datchet

Dear Helen

Previous correspondence refers as does Mr Walton’s email below of today’s date.

Please find attached a letter from the Environment Agency of yesterday’s date where they confirm that the 2 residual technical issues between the EA on the one hand and the LPA and Applicants on the other, have been or are capable of being resolved. In particular, the EA states that they “acknowledge that technical work has been undertaken to assess the impact of this development on flood risk to future residents and the surrounding area including the impact on third parties. We maintain our objection on two of these but indicate that these can be resolved.” Those 2 issues concern: a) the issue of volume for volume compensation and b) access and egress issues. Mr Walton has addressed these below and I can confirm on behalf of the Applicants that the re-contouring of the site as suggested by the EA will be address by my clients meaning that issue a) is clearly capable of resolution. So far as issue b) is concerned, the Applicants and the LPA
together negotiated a Flood Evacuation Plan in January and February 2014 for the proposed site which was presented to the EA by the LPA at our meeting with them on 6th February 2014, having been agreed with the LPA beforehand. As the LPA has accepted the Flood Evacuation Plan it follows that the second residual objection of the EA has also been met and that their objection on that ground should be dropped.

Whilst not an actual objection, it is to be noted that the EA now accepts that sequentially there is no reasonably available alternative site or sites at a lower risk of flooding than my clients’ site at Datchet, thereby meeting the Sequential Test. No issue in relation to the Exception Test was ever raised by the EA.

From the foregoing it follows that all of technical issues raised by the EA in and since their letter of 9th October 2013 have therefore been or are capable of being resolved.

We note that in their letter of 24th April 2014 the EA raise at Advisory 1 that “the LPA should be satisfied the void will be retained as open in perpetuity. The LPA may wish to impose a planning condition to ensure the voids remain open for the lifetime of the development. We would recommend the Applicant to undertake a maintenance plan to ensure this void is kept open.” The Applicants’ Team has discussed this suggestion and agrees in principle with it. As part of the maintenance plan, we propose to replace one of the 10 residential pitches with a Site Warden’s Pitch which would be staffed by one of the Datchet Parish Flood Wardens part of whose role would be to ensure that this part of the maintenance regime is ensured. This means that the site would have 9 rather than 10 residential pitches.

This amendment along with other proposed measures would represent a significant change to the application that was publicly consulted upon and which is currently before the Secretary of State. In previous meetings in January and February 2014 first with the LPA Officers and then with the LPA and the EA together, discussions were had concerning the submission of a revised planning application and the withdrawal of this application. Indeed, in the LPAs email of 1st April 2014 an express invitation to re-submit an amended application was proffered by the LPA. Such a course of action would allow residents in the locality as well as other interested parties and statutory consultees the opportunity of commenting fully on the proposals and those views being taken into account during the application process and may obviate the time consuming and costly route of a Public Inquiry, to all parties’ benefit.

In the light of the foregoing, please be advised that the Applicants hereby withdraw this application.

I would be grateful if you would kindly confirm safe receipt of this email and attachment.

Kind regards

Dr Angus Murdoch MRTPI
Murdoch Planning Limited

From:Ian Walton
Sent: 25 April 2014 10:06
To: Angus Murdoch; Tommy Giles
Subject: Mill Lane, Datchet

Angus

I have now reviewed the Environment Agency’s letter of 24 April 2014 and am pleased to note that whilst they have maintained their objection on two technical issues, both are capable of being resolved as discussed below.

Floodplain Compensation

The Environment Agency have acknowledged that the earthworks scheme presented in the flood risk assessment provides a overall net increase in flood storage volume, however, there is a small loss at the lower levels between 17.2mAOD and 17.6mAOD. As set out in the flood risk assessment, and as acknowledged in the Environment Agency’s letter, this can be readily addressed by a minor redesign of the earthworks enabling the objection in this respect to be removed.

Access and Egress

The Environment Agency confirm that they would be able to remove their objection if the local planning authority accepts in writing that the Evacuation Plan enclosed at Appendix G of the flood risk assessment provides suitable mitigation for the flood risks associated with the development. It is my understanding that the local planning authority has already confirmed their acceptance of the Evacuation Plan and therefore the Environment Agency would be in a position to remove their objection.

I would also reiterate the point made in the flood risk assessment that during the recent floods, reported as the worst for 60 years, both the site and the proposed access and egress route remained free from flooding.

In summary, it is clear that the two outstanding technical matters can be readily resolved which would enable the Environment Agency to with draw their objection in respect of the floodplain compensation and access and egress issues.

I trust that my comments will be of assistance, however, should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Regards

Ian Walton
Technical Director
SLR Consulting Limited

9th March 2014
News update

Datchet Parish Council threatened with having thousands in funding cut in precept war of words: http://www.sloughobserver.co.uk/news/roundup/articles/2014/03/03/98146-datchet-parish-council-threatened-with-having-thousands-in-funding-cut-in-precept-war-of-words/

Like the rest of us, the Borough Council is also annoyed with the Parish Council for undoing all the hard work of trying to keep the yearly Council Tax down (see Observer article above). Should the Parish Council be playing with our money without consulting us?

A huge thank you to all of you that attended the Quiz Night Everyone had a great time. Those of you on our mailing list will be notified of future events in due course. Please also remember the ‘Donate’ button on this page and also please fill in your membership details, this will be useful for the Public Inquiry.

The timetable for the Public Inquiry has finally been agreed between all parties (2nd to 5th September at the Town Hall, Maidenhead). The dates have been put in the calendar, please put the dates in your diary and come along and support us.

Thank you to everyone who has written in to the Planning Inspectorate making their views known on the Traveller Site proposals. There was a high response both from Horton Road and elsewhere in Datchet.

8th December 2013

Do you want to know where your tax payers money goes in Datchet? If so you may find the attached Cabinet Report and Minutes of the meeting regarding the proposed funding for the Gypsy/Traveller site off Horton Road.

It seems, if the application gets permission, the Council will provide, out of tax payers money, £350,000 up front and a further £30,000 per year for 99 years.

Minutes of RBWM Cabinet Meeting 24 | October Cabinet Meeting agreeing funding for Traveller site

7 December 2013

GOOD NEWS

The Secretary of State (Eric Pickles) has ‘called in’ the planning application for the 10 pitch Gypsy/Traveller site at Datchet Common for his own determination. This means the Borough Council can no longer approve the scheme, and an independent Planning Inspector will hold a public inquiry early next year to listen to all the representations about the proposal.

Given that all the views of the applicants and the Borough are to fully support the proposals, Datchet Common Community Group has also been granted permission to attend the Inquiry as a main party, to represent the views of the local residents who are opposed to this development on flooding and green belt grounds.

Unless our side is heard, the Inspector will only get one side of the story.

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO ENSURE OUR CASE IS HEARD. HOW?

1. A fighting fund is required to assist in the costs of engaging a top planning consultant to attend the Inquiry on our behalf. Some pledges have already been received. Please visit the DONATE button – every little helps. And if you have any fund raising ideas that would help the Group e mail us on datchetcommon@hotmail.co.uk

2. You can write to the Inspectorate independently to make your views known – letters must be received by the 10th January 2014. Email helen.skinner@pins.gsi.gov.uk or write to:

The Planning Inspectorate
Room 3/26, Hawk Wing
Temple Quay House
2 The Square
Temple Quay
Bristol
BS1 6PN

Please include the PINS reference APP/T0355/V/13/2209580

REMEMBER THE DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS IS 10th JANUARY 2014

3. Please keep watching this web site – for further news and updates as it happens.

RBWM Letter | Rule 6 Party Agreed Letter

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Datchet Common Community Group opposes inappropriate development on the Green belt land at Datchet Common.

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