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2. Wider Area Growth Study

As a result of Duty to Co-operate work and a successful bid to the MHCLG Joint Working Fund, the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead (RBWM), in conjunction with Slough Borough Council (SBC) and Buckinghamshire Council (BDC), is commissioning a joint study to address issues arising from future growth that is anticipated from the Slough, Maidenhead and Windsor urban area.   

The Wider Area Growth Study is comprised of 2 parts:

Part 1 – Defining the area of search

The first part was commissioned in 2018 and explored the functional geographies associated with the Slough/Maidenhead/Windsor urban cluster.   The Part 1 study was completed in 2019 and identified a geographic area of search for potentially accommodating the future growth needs of the Slough/Maidenhead and Windsor urban cluster.  The identified geographic area of search includes the following local authorities:

  • All of Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead and Hillingdon
  • Parts of Buckinghamshire, Bracknell Forest, Surrey Heath, Runnymede

View the full Part 1 Study

Part 2 – Spatial options for accommodating future development needs of the Slough/Maidenhead and Windsor urban area

The Part 2 work will identify potential strategic spatial options for accommodating future growth arising from this area, test these options and make recommendations for consideration in relevant Local Plans and for use in Duty to Co-operate discussions.  The work commenced in May 2020 and is expected to be completed in late 2020.  View a copy of the project timetable for the work.

Local Housing Needs Assessment

GL Hearn was commissioned by the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead in conjunction with Slough Borough Council and Chiltern/South Bucks District Councils to carry out a Local Housing Needs Assessment (LHNA) to inform the emerging Local Plans and to help support Part 2 of the Wider Area Growth Study.

The study looks at the amount and nature of housing need within the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, Slough and the southern part of South Bucks and utilises the Standard Methodology to calculate housing need.