Character Assessment
 
Area of Significant Character

During the course of preparing the Cox Green Ward Character Area Appraisal for the Neighbourhood plan and because of certain planning applications in the area it has become clear that part of the "old village area" covering part of Cox Green Lane & Lock Lane ought to have some specific recognition.

 A petition was presented to the Borough Council in December last year and signed by 471 local people, (" We the undersigned petition The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to do all it can to refuse and stop any building development that undermines, or does not preserve and protect the character and street scene of the "old village area of Cox Green," around Cox Green Lane & Lock Lane)."

Following this discussions have been held with Simon Hurrell Head of Planning and Gillian Butter Conservation Officer for RBWM who were both sympathetic to the idea. 

A formal motion was presented to the Borough Council on 25th February 2014 to try and make this aspiration a reality.

The motion read  " The rich history of this Royal Borough shows itself in areas with a significant location, significant former residents or significant events of a social or commercial nature. The recognition that Cox Green Lane and Lock Lane petitioned Council for in December should now be formalised for all eligible areas across the Borough with the intention of encouraging sympathetic development.

i) This Council moves to request that with the intention of encouraging sympathetic development, areas of significant character, due to location, people or events both social or commercial, are specifically recognised through the policies of the Borough Local Plan.
ii) This Council moves to request that the advice and assistance provided by the Borough to those preparing neighbourhood development plans enable them to recognise areas of significant character, due to location, people or events both social or commercial, in their neighbourhood development plans.

The motion was agreed unanimously and it is proposed that it should  now form part of the Borough Local Plan and the developing Cox Green Neighbourhood Plan.

This view was also supported by the Planning Inspectors decision when refusing an Appeal on the Ivanhoe & Croft Cottage site in Cox Green Lane.( Appeal Ref APP/TO355/A/13/2205937