Colnbrook’s Green Belt is not considered suitable for new homes but will be released to create up to 15,000 new jobs over the next 20 years say the Council’s planning chiefs. Further, they want to enshrine new policies in the Local Plan to prioritise Heathrow’s future needs both in the short and longer term.
Slough Borough Council’s cabinet will be asked next week to approve support for a major northwards expansion of the town into South Bucks to find room for 5,000 of the 20,000 new homes needed.
A new housing development off Crown Meadow is being actively pursued by Slough Borough Council as part of a strategy to address the town’s housing shortage. The greenfield site which sits between the Queen Mother Reservoir and Brands Hill is one of a number of proposals being brought forward as part of a southern expansion of the town.
The developer behind a proposed 500-home expansion of Iver and new relief road is hosting a community consultation event this evening at Iver Village Hall. The plans could see a doubling in size of the village and impact on traffic passing through Brands Hill.
Local highways “can manage” says CEMEX as application submitted to route 121 HGVs a day via Sutton Lane
The local highways network “can manage” with the additional traffic from a new quarry in Richings Park, says CEMEX, the company behind the scheme. It has modelled the cumulative impact of the Heathrow Express depot relocation to Langley station, and its existing quarry in Riding Court Farm, and concluded they “would not be at a level to create highway capacity or significant road safety risks”.
Proposals for a 100% privately funded new relief road on land to the south of Iver are among benefits of a major new housing scheme being advanced by developers. An Iver Village Relief Road could connect Langley Park Road with Thorney Lane North and see an 80% reduction in traffic using Iver High Street.
The Government wants to see more help given to deprived urban areas that are ignoring neighbourhood planning powers. Areas like Colnbrook that are highly transient, with a high turnover of people moving in and out and little “sense of community” could be set to benefit from paid experts “who can hold people’s hands and take them through the process and provide the necessary advice and experience”.
Slough Borough Council has blocked further consideration of nearly half the proposals submitted in its recent Call for Sites – because it has linked the future of the parish to Heathrow regardless of whether or not a third runway is approved.
No alternative to new “garden suburb” in South Bucks says Slough Council as it also targets overflow development in Windsor
A “garden suburb” in South Bucks is still actively being pursued by Slough Borough Council as the best – and only realistic – solution to an acute shortage of land. Slough’s planners are also promoting development of a small site east of Ditton Park in Windsor & Maidenhead. Meanwhile, the future of Green Belt in and around Colnbrook and Poyle is being linked with the demand from Heathrow, with or without a third runway. A public consultation on issues and options is due in January.