Borough Local Plan

Borough Local Plan

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The Royal Borough’s Local Plan (BLP) will have a very big impact on Datchet in the next few years.

360 new housing units

The Draft Borough Local Plan 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 is a very long document, containing the policies which relate to all types of future development across the Borough, but it is the housing figures which attracted most attention in Datchet.

Across three sites, two of them bordering the M4, 360 residential units are planned. This figure is higher than for other local communities because there are landowners in Datchet keen to offer their sites for development.

Government directives could allow downgrading of Green Belt status (as these sites currently are), to facilitate house building. It is possible that flood risk factors could also be varied. The sites are currently in flood zones 2 and 3.

The consultation period for this first part of the Borough Local Plan closed on 13 January 2017.

Infrastructure plan due at Easter 2017

These proposals did not include any of the infrastructure which would be in place before detailed plans are submitted at a later stage; these might include educational, medical and community facilities. The Borough will be publishing the draft infrastructure plan at Easter. We hope as many people as possible will become aware of its proposals and make their own comments during the next consultation period. We will let DVS members know as soon as details become available and update the information on this website.

How to view the Borough Local Plan

To view a one-page document showing the three Datchet sites, please click here.

To view the full BLP online, please follow this link: Details of the proposed housing sites in Datchet are here: HA41, HA42 and HA43.

To download a pdf of the full plan from the RBWM website, please click here. You’ll find it directly under the heading ‘Viewing the document…’. (Plans for Datchet start on page 220 of the pdf.)

Please note: site HA41 is wrongly described as N & E of Churchmede [sic] School/Priory Road – which does not exist. And site HA42 is wrongly described as Slough Road/Riding Court Road, when it should be London Road/Riding Court Road.




3 Responses

  1. Susan Blumsom

    Whoever thinks this is going to work without affecting this village needs to think again. We cannot take this sort of expansion. Already the people of Datchet have to put up with hundreds of cars who use this village as a short cut and block the roads, especially in the rush hours when the crossings come down and block the whole place. What about the people who live here, yes we do have a ‘say’ which is why I am writing this and the answer is NO I certainly do not want it. Lets keep what is left of the village just as it is !

  2. John Padwick

    Do these people who plan these things even live in the South East ? Completely ridiculous plan, Datchet is gridlocked from 4 pm to 7 pm already most evenings. The train crossings are mostly down since they have introduced longer trains. No one appears to be demanding that the platform is extended which at least would allow us to go back to how it used to be.Schools Doctors surgery etc all full. What quality of life would these new houses offer jammed up against the motorway with 3rd runway planes above, completely mad !

  3. Steve LANGTON

    We have been here since 1974 , and the changes are good in some areas , but an expansion to this village and on the scale as it stands would be at the very least foolhardy , it’s already full too overflowing with traffic some days till after 19.30 hrs the railway has nt addressed the longer train situation , leading too the centre becoming gridlocked on any given day , until the railway moves to make adjustments too the station i can only see heartache and frustration throughout the village area , and when does a village become a town because that also fast approaching , and why have nt any other villages been targeted and why this one

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