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September 2003 - Have you say on
hospital homes plan
6th June 2003 - Homes site 'unsafe'
28th March 2003 - Anger at
Trust's double standard
7th March 2003 - Rubbish
fire at hospital
28th February 2003 - Hospital
blaze blamed on vandals
26th April 2002 - Nine out
of ten oppose new homes
8th March 2002 - Parish
gives village a say on Cliveden
8th February 2002 - SCAN - Planners
25th January 2002 - SCAN - Housing
plan for Cliveden
7th December 2001 - Green plans
for woodland homes
30th November 2001 - Hospital
choices to be unveiled
16th November 2001
- Vow to oppose hospital homes
your say on hospital homes plan
essential to fund estate repairs, claim
by Hannah Satterthwaite
have the chance to comment on details of the controversial
redevelopment of the National Trusts former Canadian
Red Cross Hospital site at Cliveden.
The trust and developers Countryside Properties are inviting
the public to preview and comment on proposals for 191 contemporary
homes, from one-bedroom flats to three-bedroom townhouses
on Thursday, October 9.
Comments will be put forward before plans are submitted to
South Bucks District Council. It is proposed that 20 per cent
of the homes will be earmarked for rent or shared ownership
by key workers to be managed by a housing association and
the scheme includes a bus service to Maidenhead, Slough, Taplow
station and schools.
National Trust communications and marketing manager Jose Phillips
said the development was essential to fund maintenance of
Cliveden House and Estate, including re-roofing the mansion.
When the whole estate was given to the trust the Astors
intended the hospital site would generate income so they always
anticipated there would be commercial income from that site,
she said. Until 1986 the hospital was giving us income
but since it closed we have not had that which has meant Cliveden
has been quite stretched financially.
Taplow villagers and parish councillors formed a campaign
group in June to fight against the plans.
Parish councillor Euan Felton said the trust did not appear
to be listening to their concerns and would need to provide
details of any bus service and evidence of Clivedens
He said. We will certainly attend the meeting, but to
make it a worthwhile exercise they need to go into considerable
detail in terms of transport and environmental studies.
6th June 2003
RESIDENTS and councillors gear up for planning battle
by Hannah Satterthwaite
A BATTLE is brewing
between Taplow residents and the National Trust over the future
of the former Canadian Red Cross Hospital at Cliveden.
claim the trust’s proposal to build 192 houses on the ‘isolated
and unsafe’ site would cripple the limited infrastructure
The trust was granted
outline planning permission in 1996 to build 135 retirement
homes on the site of the derelict Second World War hospital
but building has never taken place.
Now the charity
is proposing to build 192 homes on the site, including the
statutory 20 per cent of beds for affordable housing.
Cllr Euan Felton,
chairman of Taplow Parish Council planning committee, said
the site was too isolated to support such a development.
“It is over two
miles from the nearest credible destination, along rural roads
with no streetlights or pavements,” he said.
“It is remote from
transport, shops, employment, recreation and services and
is entirely car dependent. And it is inaccessible and unsafe
for the needs of children and deep in the greenbelt in an
He said the previous
plans for the retirement homes and care flats, plus community
facilities and shops, were acceptable because they would attract
an older population, with no demands on schools and less travel
“The new development
would mean 500 to 700 more people, 300 to 500 more cars, 1,500
to 2,000 extra car journeys and two to three more cars a minute
on the roads,” he said. “We just believe it would be a development
too far and should be disallowed.”
Stuart Arden, from the National Trust, said the retirement
homes had not been a commercially viable option.
“The whole point
of the trust undertaking this project is to provide funds
for the Cliveden Estate,” he said. “The then owner Lord Astor
said the hospital site should provide income for the estate.
Since it closed in 1986 there has been no income so no maintenance
has been done.”
He said transport,
in the form of bus services, would be provided, and market
research by the developers had shown older people without
children would be interested in the houses.
Plans are expected
to be submitted to South Bucks District Council on September
27, and a meeting for residents, developers and the trust
will be held at the hospital site on Friday, June 27.
Residents are invited
to join parish councillors for a public meeting about the
redevelopment in Taplow Village Centre at 8pm on Friday, June
STAND: Parish councillor Mary Trevallion, Professor Bernard
Trevallion, parish council chairman Cllr Peter Millership,
chairman of the parish planning committee Cllr Euan Felton
and Annie Hanford, chairman of the Taplow and Hitcham Preservation
28th March 2003
at Trust's double standard
RESIDENT appaled at plan to develop hospital site.
by Lucy Rutherford
A TAPLOW resident
has reacted angrily to a request from the National Trust for
donations to save the countryside after the organisation's
bid to develop land in Cliveden.
George Sandy, a
member of the National Trust, was appalled when he received
a letter from the appeals manager asking for £15 to 'protect
our country's most precious places' because of their plans
to build homes on the site of the old Canadian Red Cross Memorial
Mr Sandy, of Rectory
Road, said: "How can anyone believe the National Trust is
sincere when by its own actions it totally contradicts itself.
"It is setting
out to obtain planning permission to create a 200 unit development
within the green belt territory at Cliveden.
"If truly concerned
for the environment, surely the Trust's priority should have
been to restore the grounds to their original woodland state
instead of encouraging a feasting frenzy for potential developers."
Proposals for 198
houses and apartments at the site were put forward by the
National Trust last year. They said it would be a sensitive
development with environmentally friendly measures such as
water recycling systems and wood-chip fuelled combined heat
and power systems.
spokeswoman for the National Trust, said: "We are progressing
towards our planning application and will continue to hold
public consultation as part of this process.
of the hospital site will enable us to continue the conservation
of 340 acres of grounds and woodland at Cliveden. The estate
housing will be a model scheme, so the planning is entirely
consistent with the aims of the National Trust."
The plans are expected
to be submitted to South Bucks District Council in June.
FOR SORE EYES: George Sandy at the site of the old Canadian
Red Cross Hospital at Cliveden which could be turned into
a new housing development.
7th March 2003
fire at hospital
FIREFIGHTERS were called to the former Canadian Red Cross
Hospital in Taplow for the second time in a week after a fire
was deliberately started on Thursday night.
Crews from Beaconsfield
and Maidenhead put out rubbish which had been set alight.
The first attack at the site, which is owned by the National
Trust, happened on Saturday last week.
28th February 2003
Blaze Blamed On Vandals
VANDALS are suspected of being behind a fire which partially
destroyed the roof of a building on land on the Cliveden estate,
Three fire engines had to be called out to tackle the blaze
at the derelict Canadian Red Cross Hospital, in Cliveden Road,
at 4.30pm on Friday.
The blaze had started
on the first floor inside one of the buildings, spreading
to the roof. When firecrews arrived from Beaconsfield and
Maidenhead it covered an estimated 200 square metres.
apparatus, the firefighters managed to bring the fire under
control and put it out within minutes. Commander Ronnie Booth,
from Beaconsfield fire station, said: “We put the fire down
to arson. It was probably kids playing in there.
“With that in mind
we were very concerned about people still being trapped in
the building so we carried out a detailed search but there
was no one there.”
Mr Booth praised
his officers for carrying out a good job in trying circumstances.
He said: “We are
very happy with our performance. We managed to prevent the
fire from spreading even though we were restricted by water
supply. We contained the fire within just two rooms.”
Graham Deans, the
property manager for the National Trust, which owns the Cliveden
Estate and is planning to build a number of houses on the
hospital site, also said he believed vandals were to blame.
But he said: “I
have not come across this sort of thing before, where they
set fire to the building.”
He added: “My understanding
is it was a mattress that had been set alight on the first
floor but there was no major damage because the hospital is
were mounted to deter intruders but Mr Deans said it was almost
impossible to stop everyone getting in.
Slough police said
the incident was being treated as arson but no arrests had
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26th April 2002
out of 10 oppose new homes
NINETY-FOUR per cent of villagers in Taplow are totally
opposed to a development at the site of the former Canadian
Red Cross Hospital at Cliveden, according to a Taplow Parish
Results from 230 questionnaires distributed to homes in the
parish showed overwhelming support for the council in its
bid to prevent the National Trust building 198 houses on the
site which has been derelict since 1986.
Main concerns raised
from comments on the questionnaires were the effect on traffic,
lack of facilities, the impact on the community, closeness
to the greenbelt, the size of the development and urbanisation.
Asked whether they
would oppose a scheme for 135 retirement homes on the site,
for which the trust already has planning permission, 67 per
cent said this was preferable but not ideal.
Cllr John Pool,
chairman of Taplow Parish Council, said: “This parish supported
the scheme 10 years ago for 135 retirement homes because there
would be fewer cars and it would not put pressure on schools.
“It is quite wrong
to allow such a large development as Cliveden to go ahead.
Government planning guidelines emphasise the importance of
the sustainability of development locations with a particular
aim to reduce car dependency.
new planning applications should be reviewed and if necessary
altered in line with the guidelines. In particular an urban
capacity study should be urgently undertaken to identify sites
available for housing.”
The trust, in conjunction
with Countryside Properties, is proposing to build a mixed
development of 198 houses and apartments on the site to help
towards the running and restoration costs of the estate and
provide affordable housing in a much sought after area.
Cllr Pool said:
“Provision for affordable housing will mean a much more active
community. people are going to be travelling to work.
“The school and
play group are already beyond capacity, leisure facilities
are a distance away and services and roads would be dramatically
The parish council
has so far received support from the Chiltern Society, Hitcham
and Taplow Preservation Society, the Dropmore Society and
residents associations and has allocated £5,000 from parish
funds to fight the development.
The trust has said
the development would be in keeping with the area and would
have a number of environmentally friendly features such as
water recycling systems, triple glazing, woodchip-fuelled
power-systems and a community minibus.
A planning application
has not yet been submitted to South Bucks District Council
but is expected by late summer.
8th March 2002
gives village a say on Cliveden
VILLAGERS in Taplow are being offered the chance to have their
say on proposed development at Cliveden in a questionnaire
from Taplow Parish Council.
Last month The National Trust announced developers Countryside
Properties would be detailing plans for the site of the old
Canadian Red Cross Hospital which could include up to 198
In a letter to residents, John Pool, chairman of the parish
council, said: “The Government encourages greater local input
into the determination of major planning issues.
“If permitted this project would increase the parish population
by about one third and forever change this part of our greenbelt
“The parish council believes the isolated position of the
site makes it remote from public transport provision and access
to services and employment and is quite unsuitable for general
“The development would substantially add to existing traffic
problems and further threaten road safety along routes already
suffering acute pressure.”
The questionnaire asks residents whether they agree with the
plan to build 198 homes on the site, if they agreed with the
original proposal of 135 retirement homes. or have other suggestions
for the future of the site.
But not all residents were happy with the format of the consultation.
One, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “The questions
present a biased attitude of the council and are formulated
to achieve the response it desires.
“I believe the council should not involve itself in a process
which is very adequately controlled by the district council
inspectorate and court systems. It is morally wrong of locals
to object to developments on approved sites as a growing population
needs additional housing."
Plans by Countryside Properties are not expected until the
summer and the parish council intends to use comments from
the questionnaire to judge its response.
Keith Hurford, from Countryside Properties, said: “We are
hoping to have the planning application finalised by the summer
and planning consent by the end of the year.”
Confidential questionnaires have been distributed to all homes
in the parish and the deadline for their return is Wednesday,
8th February 2002
25th January 2002
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story, but contains the bits relevant to this website.
plans for woodland homes
themes for former Taplow hospital site
and tabletop models of designs for an ecologically friendly
housing development on the National Trust's historic Cliveden
estate drew a steady stream of visitors at the weekend.
They are the
four which have been short-listed after the trust's nationwide
hunt for the best design for a model village on the site
of the derelict Canadian Red Cross Hospital in Taplow.
stands on an isolated site in the wooded grounds of the
and National Trust members have already registered their
opposition to the plans for a 'housing estate' in unspoilt
are that it is contrary to the ideals of the trust and to
the spirit in which the Astor family presented it with Cliveden.
But a trust panel
will attempt to choose the finalist on Wednesday and hopes
to press ahead early in the New Year with an application
to South Bucks District Council for planning permission
to 'recycle' the land.
a partner in a firm of international property consultants
and a member of the panel, said matters will not necessarily
be finalised on Wednesday.
"We may well
want some adjustments and reappraisal done," he said.
The panel will
also consider a report on the comments made by people who
saw the plans at the weekend.
"It is an impossible
task to satisfy everybody. We want to reach the right decision,"
said Mr Bennett.
If the district
council gives the scheme the green light, there are to be
200 homes, ranging from three-storey developments of flats
to four-bedroom houses in the village with approximately
at Taplow village hall on Saturday, and in the orangery
restaurant at Cliveden on Sunday, showed four contrasting,
yet similar, approaches.
To cut down
on the traffic the development will generate, minibus services,
car-pooling and car-share strategies are advocated by designers
and there are communal facilities for storing bicycles,
as shops, schools and workplaces are all several miles away.
The only communal
buildings shown are a village hall and a doctor's surgery.
But one layout
includes a 'community eco-centre' with a roof 'grassed'
over and planted with sedum and walls made from rammed earth.
Inside, power and central heating is generated using woodchip
which is a carbon neutral fuel.
conservatories attached to the larger flats, as well as
the houses, are another means of trapping heat created by
Ponds and lakes
are also shown on the plans, not just because they are picturesque
features, but because they could be employed as a means
of handling sewage or run-off water.
from washing machines, dishwashers and bathtubs could also
be recycled for flushing toilets, washing cars and watering
composting facilities are to be supplied on site to reduce
the amount of waste sent for landfill. At present, at a
mere 11 per cent, the UK recycles the lowest percentage
of waste in Europe.
There are individual
architectural flourishes from the four entrants, such as
balconies and a pergola and even an overall layout which
echoes the shape of the great 18th century parterre in the
gardens below the magnificent terrace at Cliveden.
designs have been put in by Linden and Banner Homes, the
Cliveden Partnership, Countryside Properties and a consortium
consisting of Gleeson Homes, Bewley Homes and the English
SCRUTINY: Residents from Taplow village, Esther and John
Willmore (left) and Keith Paskins (right), study plans for
the development. Ref:76248/4
Sorry, couldn't find the original pictures.
I trust that the above replacements will suffice...
Only kidding - that was just a stab at what we think of
the new development.
Here's the real ones - "quaint aren't they."
30th November 2001
choices to be unveiled
submit plans for village on Canadian Red Cross site
plans for developing the former Canadian Red Cross Hospital
site at Cliveden in Taplow are to go on display tomorrow (Saturday).
They are being
prepared by four teams, shortlisted by the National Trust,
to work on proposals for a sustainable village development
of 200 homes in the grounds of the great house.
It is to be a prestige
project. The trust announced earlier this year it was notifying
leading architects and firms of developers that it was holding
a competition to secure the development package.
The plans will
go on show from 10am to 4pm in Taplow Village Hall and on
Sunday in the Orangery Restaurant at Cliveden from 11am to
A National Trust
selection panel intends to choose between the four designs
during December. In advance it is inviting the local community
to comment on them. The panel's decision will not be made
known until January.
developers were selected as their initial proposals seemed
best to meet the trust's criteria, including creating sustainable
housing that enhances the site's contribution to the Cliveden
estate and the surrounding area," said Julia Simpson, the
National Trust's area manager.
The hospital buildings
at Cliveden have been empty for 15 years and are derelict
and vandalised. They were built originally by Lord Astor during
the First World War to give medical treatment to troops from
Canada who were wounded in the fighting.
The hospital was
used again in the Second World War for the same purpose. Afterwards
it became a popular NHS general hospital which provided for
the population of Maidenhead and the surrounding area. Thousands
of children were born in its busy maternity unit.
Since the hospital
was shut down in 1986, the trust has lost at least £400,000
per annum in income from renting it to the NHS. The cash was
used to fund major works throughout the Cliveden site, where
the great house is leased out as a luxury hotel with an international
Miss Simpson says
the income realised from the sustainable village will help
with ambitious projects like relaying the magnificent terrace
at Cliveden and creating a sculpture gallery in the former
ferneries, where the most important statues can be preserved
from erosion. The trust also wants to restore mosaics in the
chapel and repair estate buildings.
At first there
were plans for a smaller retirement village on the land, which
the trust did not proceed with. The presence of asbestos in
hospital buildings was one hiccup.
There is also strong
opposition from Taplow residents and from National Trust members
to development of a 'housing estate' in the middle of a large
planning policies favour proposals for much denser housing
than previously and the hospital land is classed as a major
developed site in need of recycling.
South Bucks, the
local authority in control of the Cliveden area, has ruled
the spread of buildings should be reduced, there must be landscaping
and any new buildings must not be higher than the existing
(left): Designs for a sustainable village (right) on the Canadian
Red Cross Hospital site are going on show.
16th November 2001
Vow to oppose hospital homes
Residents' concerns over traffic, security and schools
RESIDENTS in Taplow have agreed to a three-stage offensive,
including legal action, against the proposed housing development
at the site of the former Red Cross hospital at Cliveden.
Members of the
Hitcham and Taplow Preservation Society met at the village
hall on Monday to discuss the plan to build 200 homes on the
National Trust site and decide what action should be taken
to prevent it going ahead.
Chairman of the
society, Valerie Boakes, said: "The main issues we are concerned
about are security, visibility, highways, traffic problems,
schools and facilities.
"There is a distinct
lack of clarity at the moment.
"No planning application
has been put to South Bucks District Council and there are
lots of grey areas."
to appeal to MP Dominic Grieve and the director-general of
The National Trust, and implement a publicity campaign to
keep residents up to date with the proposals. They agreed
to set up a committee and fighting fund in case of legal action.
Karl Lawrence of
Cedar Chase, Taplow, said: "The trust betrays its founding
purpose to develop the Canadian Memorial Hospital site to
become an urban scar in the centre of a rural green treasure.
"They are looking
for more money to do capital developments like the lake.
"It could be the
first of many and I was pleasantly surprised at the meeting
that everyone was unanimous in their opposition.
" Cliveden is detailed
in the South Bucks local plan as a 'major developed site in
the Green Belt' and meets national policy objectives to develop
brown field sites.
The original scheme
included 135 houses but last year it was decided there was
scope for higher density and the development should be socially
mixed, not geared solely at the elderly.
National Trust area manager for Thames Valley and Oxfordshire,
said: "There are four developer groups who will be holding
a presentation for local people and parish councils on December
1 and the plans will be on open display in Taplow village
hall and at Cliveden on Sunday December 2.
will be on hand to answer questions."