A “green envelope” is being proposed for parts of Colnbrook and Poyle to protect communities from a Third Runway, should expansion of Heathrow go ahead.
Slough says a key outcome from its Local Plan to 2036 would be the enlargement of the Poyle Trading Estate to support the freight infrastructure for an expanded airport. But a complete embargo on all development in the parish until such times as the runway and related infrastructure is decided will be necessary.
ANALYSIS: One “Garden Suburb”; six sustainable neighbourhoods: what we know of Slough’s plans for a Northern Expansion
A north-south relief road between Langley and Colnbrook, land allocated for a ‘park and ride’ at Brands Hill, a northwards extension of the Slough Mass Rapid Transit bus service, new cycleways, and traffic ‘watersheds’ to prevent private vehicles passing east-west are among the sweeteners being offered by Slough in return for its plans for a Garden Suburb expansion of the town into South Bucks.
Slough’s consultation on “spatial options” for expanding the town shows widespread support for intensifying development in the town centre, and accommodating new homes through regeneration, but leaving the suburbs and villages of Slough alone. There was also widespread opposition to plans to build on the Green Belt in South Bucks, and Colnbrook.
Slough’s consultation into options for its new Local Plan was successful in reaching a broad brush of those statutory consultees it must reach out to. But only a handful of its own residents took part.
Slough wants Green Belt review following overwhelming opposition to northern expansion into South Bucks
470 out of 538 total representations to Slough Borough Council’s consultation on options for expanding Slough were received in response to its proposed northern expansion into South Bucks … with overwhelmingly opposition to the proposal.
Plans have been submitted to demolish the former Kidde Graviner factory site in Poyle, but parish councillors have voiced further concerns that the change would amount to further transformation of the Poyle Trading Estate into a warehousing and distribution site and see more traffic problems in the parish.
Slough Borough Council should ditch its stated preference for a northern expansion of the town into South Bucks, and explore expansion options in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead or even west Berkshire where it says there is land available for development.