I spoke with the gang dealing with the water leak in Connaught Road tonight on my way back from Brookwood Club in an attempt to understand the impact on Brookwood residents.
Essentially, the leak has now been fixed, and the loss of water stopped. This is good news, especially in this hot period.
The team responsible for reinstatement (basically filling in the hole) will either attend site on Saturday or Monday. It is unknown at this stage exactly when they will be on site.
If it is tomorrow, the road will be fully open by Monday, otherwise it will probably be on Tuesday.
I have witnessed vehicles driving on the pavement and the grass tonight to bypass the road closure and this is particularly irresponsible and simply unacceptable and has been reported to the police. It is a pain, but there is no reason to put people’s lives at risk to avoid going the long way round. My personal opinion of those doing this, unfortunately is unable to be published on this blog.
You’ll obviously be aware that progress has stalled on Brookwood Lye. The initial planning application was submitted October/November last year, and the statutory consultation ended in early January.
Since then, the Local Planning Authority and Thameswey have been in consultation regarding some aspects of the development that they wanted changed, there were a few points from the roadshow which Thameswey were trying to address and finally, the Environment Agency had concerns about flooding.
For those living close enough, you’ll have received a new Neighbourhood Notification letter this week, as I did. This was notification that there had been some amendments made to the original planning application. The modifications may be summarised as follows:
- The modifications to Brookwood Crossroads have now been incorporated into the planning application. This is great news because it provides some certainty to those residents concerned the development would be built and the crossroads left. Adding the filter lane has led to the architects changing the number of houses at this location.
- There have also been some adjustments to the car parking throughout the site.
- The biggest change, and my most pressing concern was the brutal look of the flats. The top floor has been adjusted to meet the ‘Mansard roof’ design. This places the top floor apartments into the roof space which means they are less intrusive.
- More information has been submitted regarding the Flood Risk assessment.
Overall, these changes look positive and I’m grateful the concerns of mine and residents have been taken into account.
The new statutory period runs through to 19th July, although as usual you can continue to submit responses after this date via the Development Manager.
The plan numbers are: PLAN/2017/1306 and PLAN/2017/1307.