Press release: updated proposals presented to the community at public consultation event

Updated designs for the proposed redevelopment of Sawyers Close, Windsor were presented at a public exhibition held at the New Windsor Community Association on Saturday 25 June.

As part of its extensive engagement programme, Abri consulted the community on its latest designs for the proposed redevelopment of the current estate at Sawyers Close. The proposals would involve the replacement of the existing buildings and the construction of additional affordable homes on land transferred to Abri by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

Over 140 people, including current Abri customers, neighbours and councillors, attended over the course of the day to learn more about the proposals, ask questions and give their feedback.

Abri is pleased with the high level of engagement with its proposals and is grateful to all those that took the time to visit the exhibition and take part in the consultation. The feedback received will play an important part in shaping the proposals for the future Sawyers Close.

The public consultation on the latest designs will remain open until Friday 8 July. Following this, Abri will look at the feedback received and further develop its proposals in discussion with officers at the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

Anyone who was unable to attend the public exhibition can obtain a hard copy of the consultation information and feedback form by calling 0800 169 6507 or by emailing [email protected]

Once it has considered the final design, Abri will hold a further public information event before submitting any planning application. This is likely to be early next year.

Andy Skarzynski, Executive Director of Strategy at Abri said: “It was reassuring that so many people visited the exhibition to view the designs and speak to the project team.

“This is particularly important given that this stage of consultation included our neighbours as well as our customers and representatives of RBWM. We will continue to work with the wider community alongside our customers as we refine our plans.”

Councillor Samantha Rayner, Deputy Council Leader and Cabinet member for Business, Corporate & Resident Services, Culture & Heritage, and Windsor, said: “We are pleased to see the level of public engagement with the proposals for Sawyers Close and encourage everyone to view them and give their feedback ahead of the consultation deadline.

“We are continuing to work with our partners including Abri to improve access to affordable housing for our residents and to improve social outcomes for all in the Royal Borough. These exciting proposals represent a major investment in additional and improved social housing in Windsor and it’s important that the community continues to be involved in shaping them.”

The information presented at the event and consultation feedback form are now available to view online at the dedicated Sawyers Close website.

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