“Misleading” Slough should “consume its own smoke” before talk of Garden Suburb say Chilterns and South Bucks
A “Slough to consume its own smoke” option to meeting unmet housing need has not been given enough consideration before pushing for a ‘garden suburb’ on South Bucks’ Green Belt, says a strongly worded report which also accuses Slough of “misleading the public”.
South Bucks has been named and shamed in a list of 22 local authorities set to fail the Government’s new housing delivery test – and where intervention later this year may be inevitable.
A new social media group dedicated to fighting Slough’s plans for a northern expansion into South Bucks has already attracted well over 500 members just a few days after being set up.
The future of a new housing development in the centre of Colnbrook is in doubt now that the 0.45 acre Freestone Yard site has been put up for sale. Asking price? In the region of £3m.
A slew of applications were submitted in the run up to Christmas that look set to see residents reaching for pen and paper in Layburn Crescent, Myrtle Close, Tweed Road, and Poyle New Cottages.
An appeal into the rejection of an application to build a solar farm off Park Street in Poyle, was thrown out by the Government on Monday. Sirius SBC Renewables had sought permission to build a “temporary” solar photovoltaic farm on farmland owned by the Rayner family, but the application was turned down at the end of last year.
An opponent of the rail-freight interchange planned to be built in Radlett is continuing his campaign to have the depot scrutinised against “the same rules” as the SIFE development in Colnbrook.
Colnbrook Parish Council has joined forces with the Langley Neighbourhoood Forum to call on local councils to ensure the long-term provision of a north-south route linking Iver, Langley and Colnbrook.
Slough Council has dropped a heavy hint that it may seek to accommodate a new headquarters building for British Airways in Colnbrook in its revised Local Plan. The airline currently contributes £6.2 million annually to Hillingdon Council in respect of business rates on its £200 million Waterside complex off Harmondsworth Moor, which opened in 1997.
Planning chiefs are set to impose an embargo on ANY development in Poyle until such time as full planning consent has been granted for a Third Runway – potentially not until 2023 according to their own estimates. In order to safeguard land that may be needed for the proposed third runway and its associated development there will be an embargo on any development taking place in the short term unless it meets the ‘essential to be in this location’ test set out in a new Core Strategy. The idea is one of several that will be put to a public consultation on a new Local Plan for Slough in January.
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.