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 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.