Council makes it 'easier' to comment on Borough Local Plan

Council makes it 'easier' to comment on Borough Local Plan

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Council makes it 'easier' to comment on Borough Local Plan

The council has made changes to the Borough Local Plan Preferred Options consultation, which it says makes it easier for residents to comment on the areas relevant to them.

Cllr MJ Saunders

The consultation asks for views on developing 23 greenbelt areas, which the Royal Borough has proposed building on so 12,000 new homes can be created by 2030.

Cllr MJ Saunders, the cabinet member for planning and property, says the Royal Borough has altered the consultation website, after it realised residents wanted to be able to comment 'easily' on the areas close to where they live.

Initially the only way to comment on any of the 23 sites was to go through the entire 292-page preferred options document, which includes 76 questions.

Now the Royal Borough's website includes shortcuts to each site, allowing residents to quickly leave comments and answer the questions relevant to development in their area.

The council is still encouraging people to review the whole consultation document if they have time.

Cllr Saunders added: "We have tried to make the Borough Local Plan web pages as helpful as possible.

"There is a lot of important background evidence associated with the plan and this remains readily available to anyone who wants the full picture."

The public consultation runs until Friday, March 7. 

The documents can be accessed here

Hard copies can be viewed at the Town Hall in Maidenhead, York House in Windsor and in libraries across the borough.

The direct links are to the following 23 areas:

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