Council proposes embargo on ANY development in Poyle not linked to Heathrow
Planning chiefs are set to impose an embargo on ANY development in Poyle until such times as full planning consent has been granted for a Third Runway.
Having published plans to re-designate Colnbrook’s Green Belt for Heathrow’s future expansion needs, Slough Borough Council wants to go further and impose a full embargo on planning applications in the area until the airport has had first pickings.
In a paper approved by Slough’s Cabinet last week, the council says it want to “maximise the benefits” of a Third Runway by restricting development to airport-related activities going forward:
“The shortage of suitable land in the Colnbrook and Poyle area means that there will be a limit to how much development can take place. In order to maximise the benefits of expanding Heathrow, planning policies will have to ensure that development will only be allowed if it is essential to support the airport”.
The council has already indicated it intends to release Green Belt in the area to support Heathrow.
However, in a section in the report which is sure to raise eyebrows, the council will seek powers to block development until such times as it has been able to agree a new master plan for the area.
“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 the Core Strategy.
“This will be reviewed once a detailed planning consent has been granted for the proposed third runway and the need for associated infrastructure, including the relocation of existing uses, has been established. Proposals for the release of additional land for airport related development would then be considered at this stage”.
The Council says if the Third Runway does go ahead there will be a need for “a comprehensive Master Plan for the whole area”, but it does not anticipate detailed consent for the new runway being granted until 2023.