Public vote against housing development at Spencers Farm

Public vote against housing development at Spencers Farm

Nicola Hine

Public vote against housing development at Spencers Farm
Spencers Farm

Results of a consultation held over the Borough Local Plan (BLP) were presented at a Royal Borough cabinet meeting on Thursday.

When complete the document will become the main policy planning applications are judged against, guiding where and how development will happen over the next 15 years.

The council consulted with the public on a list of candidate sites which could be included within the plan.

Response trends included notable opposition to land at Spencers Farm in Maidenhead, being used for housing.

The site was suggested by landowner Summerleaze following failed plans to use it as a new location for Furze Platt Senior School.

Of the 812 site-specific responses the consultation generated, 289 related to Spencers Farm.

A proposal to help protect land north of Ockwells Manor in Cox Green from development by designating it as greenbelt was generally supported by responders.

The consultation took place between November and January and included 77 sites.

The BLP is now set to move into the drafting stages, which will include consideration by the secretary of state.

If all goes well, it could be adopted by December 2014.



A step forward for the council's neighbourhood plans was also taken at the meeting.

Cabinet approved the designation of eight area boundaries, for which specific policies for future development can be drafted.

They are Maidenhead and Cox Green, Bray, Ascot Sunninghill and Sunningdale, Bisham, Datchet, Horton and Wraysbury, Hurley and the Walthams, and Old Windsor.

An application for Windsor and Eton is still being prepared.

Once it has been designated, the council can apply for £45,000 of government cash to support the plans.

Cllr Christine Bateson, cabinet member for community partnerships and neighbourhood planning, said: "This latest move brings us closer to our residents having a real influence on future development in their area."

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