Councils awarded infrastructure funding
Published: Tuesday, 6th March 2018
Half a million pounds’ worth of funding to help develop infrastructure to match regeneration and the emerging Borough Local Plan has been awarded to the Royal Borough and its neighbours.
The £547,000 one-off grants will allow councils to pay for a series of studies aimed at supporting economic growth and setting out exactly how future needs such as housing and infrastructure would be met.
The grant includes targeted funding to outline options for the A308 corridor to ensure the transport network is fit for purpose as the area’s population grows.
Cllr David Coppinger, cabinet member for planning and health (inc. sustainability), said: “This is fantastic news for the Royal Borough and our neighbours and this funding will help us to continue to match much-needed developments with well-planned infrastructure.
“The Borough Local Plan provides an important blueprint for how developments will meet the needs of the next generation and that is complemented by our infrastructure delivery plan and some of the projects we will take forward thanks to this funding.
“As we build a borough for everyone we will continue to make decisions today that help keep our communities well-connected while protecting the characteristics that make this borough, and the wider area, such a wonderful place to live, work and visit.”
The Royal Borough has been successful in three separate bids from the government’s Planning Delivery Fund in partnership with neighbouring councils. They are:
• £172,000 towards an overarching planning strategy to collectively meet future needs between the Royal Borough, Chiltern District Council, Slough Borough Council and South Bucks District Council.
• £90,000 towards a traffic study to enhance connections and manage traffic along the A308 corridor in partnership with Bucks County Council, Runnymede Borough Council and Surrey County Council. The work would assess the impact of increased development along the corridor and set out options to mitigate this.
• £285,000 for the Royal Borough to invest in a design quality fund. This will allow the council to continue its work with neighbourhood plan groups and parish councils to ensure the design of schemes reflects the character of each area. This includes a masterplan to guide future development in Windsor and tall buildings strategy.