Green Lane Scout
Twelve flats given
14th August 2003,
Updated January 2005
On July 17th the borough gave provisional
permission for the demolition of the existing Scout Hut and the
erection of two 2-storey buildings comprising ten 2-bed flats
and two 1-bed flats in addition to a new Scout Hut and associated
car parking. The permission was granted subject to a legal provision
from the developers to make a financial contribution towards
the improvement of Public Open Space in the Borough. As POS cannot
be included in the existing scheme - there is just no space available
- the planning permissions require a contribution towards improvements
There are of course several problems with this scheme,
the first being that in theory the land can be cleared and left
as a fenced off muddy mess for a number of months until agreement
is reached with the Borough on the financial sum to be paid.
Another problem is that the 12 additional dwellings
are to be constructed in an area already deficient in Public
Open Space, as provided for in Appendix 1 of the Town Plan "Public
Open Space Existing and Required (HA) (1991 Survey) which reports
that this area enjoys 67.90 ha of POS, whereas the required amount
is 117.80 ha, a shortfall of 49.90 ha. This ratio has been further
adversely affected following recent developments nearby, such
as in Clarence Road (W), the redevelopment of the Trevelyan School
site and developments such as at York Avenue/Springfield Road.
The net result is a constantly depleted ratio of POS to residential
units and population.
We earnestly hope that the Borough will stop permitting
further development in Windsor which is already substantially
over-developed. The prospect looms of every mature property with
more than a postage stamp of land to be torn down and three or
even four storey flats erected in their place. If this trend
is allowed, Windsor will degenerate into an architectural desert.
Furthermore, in 2004, following completion of these
flats, parking at the eastern end of Green Lane is now a joke.
Often cars are parked on the double yellow lines and are so close
to the corner that drivers are forced onto the wrong side of
the road and into the path of oncoming vehicles around a blind
corner. A dangerous situation indeed, and all of the councils
making by permitting this overdevelopment in an inappropriate
With a significant number of employees at Intercontinental
Hotels (the former Rank Hovis office block) choosing not to drive
all the way to the office car park, preferring the short walk
through the underpass, and other employees in Windsor being forced
out of town following increased parking charges and the police
current refusal to enforce double yellow parking regulations
- even when dangerous parking is involved, we see no improvement
in the future. On the contrary.
Planning Application Details
||Location of Property
Hut Green Lane Windsor Berkshire SL4 3SA
of existing Scout Hut and erection of two 2-storey buildings
comprising ten 2-bed flats and two 1-bed flats and a new one
and a half storey Scout Hut with associated car parking (amended
11th February 2003)
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