The emerging Local Plan for Slough 2016-2036

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Review of the Local Plan

The Council is producing a new Local Plan for Slough that will set out how new development in Slough can guide development in the borough to 2036. The plan will contain policies to support high quality development in appropriate locations that continues to meet the needs of its growing business and residential communities up to 2036. Some of the biggest challenges are how to build all the new homes our residents need, how to continue to provide for locally and nationally important businesses, how to make the most of Heathrow on our doorstep and how to tackle congestion.

Emerging Preferred Spatial Strategy - approved at Planning Committee 1 November 2017

A report was put to the Planning Committee to obtain Members' approval for the Strategy so it can be taken forward for further testing and consideration. The report also explains how the results of consultations to date have informed the principles within it.

The emerging Spatial Strategy is an important step in progressing the Review of the Local Plan. A final version of the Preferred Spatial Strategy will be brought forward for approval in the New Year. The timing of Slough’s Local Plan is also dependent upon factors that are outside of the Council’s control. This will not affect the ability of the Council to continue to deliver housing, employment and other regeneration schemes in the short term.

Supporting information:

  • Local Development Scheme (LDS) - (December 2016) sets out the timetable for the production of the Slough Local Plan - it will be updated where necessary. The LDS recognises that the timetable for the Review of the Local Plan partly depends on progress on the proposal for a third runway at Heathrow as part of the proposed runway is in the east of the borough.
  • Draft Statement of Community Involvement - (January 2017) sets out the process for consulting on the emerging Local Plan - it will be updated where necessary
  • Local Plan 2016-2036 Evidence - details of Committee Reports, Evidence Documents and the Plan Process: a summary of the findings and process to date.
  • Current Local Plan - the current Local Plan Documents and Proposals Map.

For more information, or to be added to the Local Plan database to receive updates on the Local Plan please email your contact details to planningpolicy@slough.gov.uk.

Summary of the process and evidence to date

Below is a short summary of the consultations to date. More detailed information including summary of the updates presented to Planning Committee are available from the 'Local Plan 2016-2036 Evidence' link above.

Consultation on the Issues and Options (Regulation 18) 16 January to 27 February 2017

This Consultation is now closed, the details below are provided for information. The Council received about 700 responses, the planning elements of which will be used to inform the emerging Plan. A summary report on the responses to the consultation was put to Planning Committee in July 2017 (Item 28). That is available online from the Council's Committee pages.

The Issues and Options Consultation met the statutory requirements for a 'Regulation 18' consultation required by the Government as part of the process of producing a new local plan. Paper copies of the main documents, a Summary leaflet and Summary Magazine were available at The Curve, Landmark Place and local libraries, or on request. We also opened a facebook page, promoted the consultation on Twitter and Streetlife, held a public consultation at The Curve (13/02/17 at 7pm) and presented at a number of other public and Duty to Cooperate meetings.

The following were published alongside the consultation for information and comment:

Consultation on Call for Sites and other potential Local Plan sites - 3 June to 15 July 2016

This consultation has now closed, the details are provided below for information. Around 130 proposals were received as part of the ‘Call for Sites’ exercise for various uses such as housing, employment, retail, community and green space.  The sites submitted were used to inform the Issues and Options consultation, and will continue to be used in the preparation of the Local Plan.

Please note that no policy assessment was undertaken so inclusion in the document does not mean it is endorsed by the council or has any planning status.

Evidence about housing and employment need - 2016

Employment : The council has produced an Economic Development Needs Assessment that identifies what land the borough needs to support projected employment growth in Slough over the plan period. This was the second part of a two part study. The first, the Functional Economic Market Assessment (FEMA) identified Slough's economy has its strongest geographic links with The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, South Bucks and London Heathrow. Slough jointly commissioned the research with the other Berkshire Authorities and the Local Economic Partnership (LEP). The findings of both studies have been accepted as part of the evidence base supporting the evolution of the Local Plan. They are available to download below:

Housing: Slough's housing market has strongest geographical links with The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and South Bucks, and there is a potential demand for 927 new homes a year in Slough. There are strong links with London too, primarily becuase of Heathrow Airport. Slough jointly commissioned the research (known as the SHMA) with the other Berkshire Authorities and the Berkshire Local Economic Partnership (LEP).

Call for sites - 8 January to 4 March 2016

A 'Call for sites' was held from 8 January to 4 March 2016. That requested that people tell the Planning team about sites in Slough that might be available for development (or protection) over the lifetime of the emerging plan. That resulted in 130 potential sites coming forward for further investigation. These were published for comment in Summer 2016 for public views on how they could help the council plan to meet development needs. They also informed the Issues and Options Consultation.

Notification of intention to review the Plan - 4 December 2015 to 15 January 2016

Notification of the start of the Plan review process was given in a Regulation 18 consultation held from 4 December 2015 to 15 January 2016. That requested views on the strategic issues the plan will cover, and in particular the intention to have a light touch approach to Minerals and Waste policies, and housing provision for Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople. The planning definition for traveller was amended in November 2015 to limit it to those who have a nomadic habit of life.