Overview and communications
The emerging Borough Local Plan (BLP) is a plan for the future development of the local area. It will guide decisions on whether or not planning applications can be granted.
Borough Local Plan : Explained
Once adopted, the BLP will replace the current Local Plan and some policies of the Maidenhead Town Centre Area Action Plan (MTCAAP) and will direct new development in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead up to 2033.
The BLP identifies how much development is being planned in the borough for the period to 2033 and shows through the spatial strategy how this will be distributed. It includes strategic policies on a range of issues, including transport, housing, employment and infrastructure, and strategic site allocations.
The BLP has been through the following stages and is now being independently examined by the Planning Inspector. As part of the examination process the Inspector is holding Hearings in two stages. The first of these occurred from 26- 28 June 2018. Please see the Borough Local Plan Examination webpage for further information on the Examination.
Submission: January 2018
Following the Regulation 19 publication stage, the BLP, together with all supporting documents and any comments that have been received, was submitted on Wednesday 31 January 2018 to the Secretary of State for examination by an independent Inspector. This represents the start of the Examination period.
For additional information please see our Submission page.
Frequently asked questions
The frequently asked questions document may help you in further understanding the Local Plan making process and in particular the Submission version of the Borough Local Plan.
- FAQ's - updated in November 2019
- Royal Borough letter to Slough confirming policy approach to affordable housing -
See pages 51-68 of the BLP submission for more information about Affordable Housing.
Regulation 19 publication stage: Jun - Sep 2017
The publication stage represents what the council considers to be the final version of the BLP. The public consultation at this stage is no longer concerned with shaping the content of the document, but allows interested parties to comment on the draft Plan and supporting information before it is submitted to the Secretary of State. The Council seeks representations on behalf of the Secretary of State on legal compliance, compliance with the Duty to Co-operate, and the four tests of soundness - namely whether the Plan is positively prepared, justified, effective and consistent with national policy.
For additional information please see our Regulation 19 page.
Regulation 18 consultation: Dec 2016 - Jan 2017
The purpose of this stage is to engage with local residents and relevant organisations to identify how planning policy can be used positively to help address key issues within the local authority area. It takes any issues that have been highlighted and identifies the preferred approach for addressing these through planning policy. The purpose of the public consultations is to allow interested parties an opportunity to indicate if, on balance, they feel that the Local Plan takes the right approach to dealing with these issues or, if not, to highlight an alternative approach.
For additional information please see our Regulation 18 page.
Please see our Earlier consultations page.