Following the public consultation in December 2016/January 2017, known as ‘Regulation 18’, the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead (RBWM) published its ‘submission’ version of the Borough Local Plan (BLP) known as ‘Regulation 19’ and invited residents to make further representations (comments). This consultation closed in September 2017.
After collating and processing all the representations received, RBWM prepared a report summarising the issues raised and setting out its response to them. This report, together with all the representations received, the submission version of the BLP and its supporting documents, was submitted to the Department for Communities and Local Government in January 2018 for examination by the Planning Inspector.
It is expected that a public hearing will take place later this year for the inspector to further explore matters, issues and questions relating to the submitted plan. If the inspector finds the BLP ‘sound’, the plan can then be considered for formal adoption by RBWM council.
You can read the submitted plan and documentation on the council’s website: www3.rbwm.gov.uk/blp.
(Please note, the Borough Local Plan is different from Datchet’s Neighbourhood Plan which is currently being progressed at a parish level.)
Infrastructure Delivery Plan
An infrastructure delivery plan (IDP) was also published in summer 2017, (and an updated version in January 2018), alongside the submission version of the BLP. This indicated that, if the BLP is adopted, most of the new housing development proposed for Datchet is likely to take place between 2022 and 2033.
What does the IDP 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/relief road The summer 2017 version of the IDP included details of a bypass of B470 London Road/B376 Slough Road, identified by the Highways Agency to support development in the BLP. This would be provided as part of the development and has ‘medium priority’. This road could run through the proposed housing sites bordering the M4, to merge with Slough Road beyond the village centre. (Please note: The January 2018 version of the IDP does not refer to a bypass or relief road although the description for housing site HA42 London Road notes that this development creates an ‘opportunity to link Riding Court Road with Slough Road’.)
- 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.
Where to find more information
To read the Infrastructure Delivery Plan which was published in summer 2017 please click here (documents are listed alphabetically).
To read the submission version of the BLP, comments and supporting documents, including the January 2018 IDP, please click here.
To read comments made about the draft BLP, please click here and click on ‘All Comments’.
Paper versions of the BLP and supporting documents are available at RBWM Council Offices, 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 Royal Borough’s Local Plan (BLP) will potentially 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.