Hurley and the Walthams submits neighbourhood plan

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Grace Witherden

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Years of hard work from volunteers has paid off as Hurley and the Walthams submitted their neighbourhood plan to the Royal Borough on Monday.

The plan, which was started in 2011, has been put together by a steering group including volunteers and representatives from the parish councils of Hurley, Waltham St Lawrence and White Waltham, and the Parish Meeting of Shottesbrooke.

If it passes the inspection, it will provide a framework to the planning process when considering applications.

The chairman of the plan’s steering group, borough councillor Maureen Hunt (Con, Hurley and Walthams) said she was delighted the plan has been submitted.

“We were constrained when putting the plan together

as the area is 99.2 per cent greenbelt,” she said.

“We’re delighted to have finished and we hope this plan will be successful at the examination.”

Hurley and the Walthams is an area made up of four parishes, including 17 villages and hamlets, as well as seven conservation areas and 200 listed buildings.

Areas earmarked as acceptable for housing in the plan include sites at Grove Park, White Waltham, and Sawyers Crescent and Smithfield Road in Woodlands Park.

General policies include rural exception sites, which are proposals for small-scale affordable housing development within or related to an existing settlement.

The plan also seeks to protect valued community assets and provide better management of traffic.

Christine Bateson, principle member for neighbourhood planning (Con, Sunningdale) said: “This is the second plan submitted; the first was Ascot and the Sunnings.

“They’ve done a very good job. They were constrained with this area being 99.2 per cent greenbelt.

“We hope that three or four more plans will come in by the end of next year.”

If successful, at inspection, the plan will then be put to a referendum in the parishes.

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