09:05AM, Friday 10 January 2014
Public consultation opens today on controversial plans to build homes on greenbelt sites in the Royal Borough.
The proposals are part of the draft Borough Local Plan, a 15-year blueprint for development in the Royal Borough.
The council has identified 23 locations which could be developed on to meet its government set target of building 12,627 households by 2030.
The plan is expected to be finalised early in 2015.
Cllr MJ Saunders, cabinet member for planning and property, said: "Without a Local Plan there is a real risk that decisions will be made 'on appeal'. This means a national body could decide to allow development in the area, overriding the council's refusal."
The council says that an agreed local plan will enable the borough to collect cash from developers which pays for schools, roads, parks and public spaces.
During the consultation period the public will be able to have their say on the draft plan, before it is submitted to government inspectors for final approval.
The consultation runs till Friday March 7.
Below are the 23 sites the council has suggested for development.
Visit www.rbwm.gov.uk for details.
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