Update on the Borough Local Plan and Infrastructure Delivery Plan
The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead has published the latest version of the Borough Local Plan (BLP) following the public consultation in December 2016/January 2017. An infrastructure delivery plan (IDP) has also now been published. It indicates that most of the new housing development proposed for Datchet is likely to take place between 2022 and 2033.
What does the infrastructure delivery plan mean for Datchet?
At this stage, the main purpose of the IDP is to identify the infrastructure which will be necessary to support the development proposed in the BLP, and to outline how and when this will be delivered. There will be no detailed proposals or plans available until the planning application stage, which is at least several years ahead.
In Datchet, the IDP considers:
- TRAFFIC There are 28 junctions in the borough which are particularly congested and will need ‘remodelling’ if development goes ahead. One of these junctions is at the entry to the Greens at the top of the High Street in the middle of the village.
- BYPASS The IDP includes details of a bypass of B470 London Road/B376 Slough Road, identified by the Highways Agency to support development in the BLP. The cost is to be provided as part of the development, and the bypass has medium priority. This road could run behind Churchmead School through the proposed housing sites bordering the M4, to merge with Slough Road well beyond the village centre.
- SCHOOLS Additional primary school provision will be required in Datchet to support the proposed BLP development. Possible building within Churchmead School’s site to offer extra primary school places is a ‘desktop exercise’ at this stage There has been no direct consultation with schools and there is currently no specific programme of primary school expansion.
- CYCLE NETWORK FOR DATCHET and Cycling Action Plan schemes. These are considered of low priority in relation to the BLP.
The Infrastructure Delivery Plan does not mention increased General Practice health provision in Datchet, but the GPs and management of Datchet Health Centre are beginning to discuss plans for expanding their services, according to NHS and CCG (Clinical Commissioning Groups) current advice.
To read the Infrastructure Delivery Plan, please click here (documents are listed alphabetically).
To read the latest version of the BLP and supporting documents, please click here.
To read comments made about the draft BLP, please click here
Paper versions of the BLP and supporting documents are available at RBWM Council Offices, (Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead SL6 1RF and Windsor Library, Bachelors Acre, Windsor SL4 1ER), at all Borough Libraries, and at Parish and Town Council Offices during normal opening hours. This includes Datchet Library and Datchet Parish Council office.
The BLP process now moves to the next stage,officially called ‘Regulation 19’. Residents are invited to comment on the legal and technical soundness of the revised BLP (the ‘Submission Version’) as a whole. The RBWM website advises that the key areas for making representations (commenting) on this stage of the plan are whether it is:
- Positively prepared – does it meet the need for housing and employment land and is it consistent with achieving sustainable development?
- Justified – does it contain the most reasonable strategy when compared against reasonable alternatives?
- Effective – is it deliverable over the period given?
- Consistent with national policy – does it allow sustainable development in line with the National Planning Policy Framework and the supporting National Planning Policy Guidance?
How to comment
The Regulation 19 consultation stage of the Borough Local Plan runs from 30 June until 17.00 on 25 August 2017.
On paper: you can print off and complete a representation form (available in the Supporting Documents tab on the Consultation Portal and from the RBWM website) or pick up a form from RBWM Council or Parish offices or libraries. Paper responses can be scanned and emailed to blp(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)rbwm.gov.uk or posted to FREEPOST RBWM PLANNING POLICY.
All representations received will be submitted to the Secretary of State and considered as part of an independent Examination by a Planning Inspector. Representations will be available for public inspection on the RBWM Portal and Borough website.
If you have any questions about the consultation process, you can contact RBWM, tel (01628) 683800 or email blp(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)rbwm.gov.uk
The plan and all comments will then be submitted to the Department for Communities and Local Government for examination by the Planning Inspector.
The Royal Borough’s Local Plan (BLP) will have a very big impact on Datchet in the next few years. The BLP outlines development in the Borough for the next 20 years, including housing targets which have been imposed by central government to deal with the national housing shortage. It was the housing figures which attracted most attention in Datchet. Across three sites, two of them bordering the M4, more than 350 residential units are planned.