Proposed changes at Royal Holloway College
Royal Holloway College, part of the University of London, have set out their masterplan for the future development of the main campus and land within Egham and Englefield Green with the intention of increasing student numbers. This will have an impact on the area, taking students out of residential properties to free up the market and bringing them closer to the main campus (situated at the junction of the A30 and Bakeham Lane), but also then having purpose built accommodation that may be close to some residential areas in Englefield Green. It will mean changes to Egham Hill with crossings and safety measures, as well as a need to address parking.
The College is now putting in individual planning applications to move the masterplan forward and are working to a tight timeline. Planning application reference RU.15/0684 shows the plan to build 19 blocks of student accommodation on the north side of the A30 which was passed by Runnymede Borough Council on August 5th following approval of outline planning permission RU.14/0099 for the university’s masterplan for development up to 2031. All members of the Planning Committee voted in favour.
Details can be found on the Runnymede Borough Council website. If you are interested, go to the Planning Applications page and enter Royal Holloway as the site address, or enter the planning application reference: RU.15/0684.
To try to allay concerns amongst Englefield Green residents about possible disruptions, a public meeting was held in Englefield Green on 17 September, attended by RHUL, RBC planners and our MP, the Rt. Hon. Philip Hammond MP.
Your Committee will be keeping a watching brief on this issue and will update you on developments.