“We can effect change or be affected by change… the choice is ours.”
The Windsor Neighbourhood Plan (WNP) is all about Windsor's future.
Here is a great video to explain what it's all about.
It is the community’s opportunity to have a greater say on the planning decisions made in our area over the next 10-15 years, which includes shaping and guiding how it will look and feel in terms of: choosing what new homes will be delivered, where they will be located and what they will look like; the kind of new retail and business development we should have; issues we care about such as green spaces and the environment; and strengthening the community by improving transport, community services, and leisure and recreational facilities. Together we can improve our community.
Once adopted, the Neighbourhood Plan will form part of the RBWM Council’s Development Plan – making it a key part of deciding on planning applications.
The opportunity to produce our Neighbourhood Plan arises from the devolution of powers to Councils and communities in the Government’s 2011 Localism Act.
It is important to note that there are some limitations to Neighbourhood Plans, in that:
The Government has made it clear that growth must be delivered – just retaining what we have is not an option. There will also be a presumption in favour of development that is “sustainable”. Producing a Neighbourhood Plan will help to make sure that decisions on development and growth will be based on local views – on what the community wants.
The plan, when developed, will first be tested for conformity to national and local plans, and to ensure that it meets the basic conditions of NPs. The plan will then be put to a Referendum among voters in the local NP area. A majority of voters in favour of the plan means that it will then become part of planning law in Windsor, and will need to be taken into account by officials when deciding upon planning applications in the area.
For more information on Neighbourhood Plans, please visist the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenheads website pages on Neighbourhood Planning.
There is also a Business Neighbourhood Plan being prepared for Windsor Town Centre by the Windsor 2030 Forum. The WNP has no jurisdiction over the town centre area (see Map)Committee aims to work in partnership with this group with the objective produce a coherent plan for Windsor as a whole. See www.windsor2030.org for more information on the Town Centre plans.
No dates are set, pending final review of the Plan.
March 5th 2018
Currently the WNP policies are being refined by the group in consultation with our consultants, AECOM, and the necessary background work is being done to get the policies into a final form.
Much happened in 2017 that has had to be taken into account in the WNP (including the Borough Local Plan submission) and this has slowed progress, but we are hopeful that we will reach a conclusion in 2018.
Nov 2016: WNP Pre submission consultation
Jan-April 2017: Analysis of results from pre-submission consultation and revision of draft
May 2017: BLP Reg 19 Consultation published and taken into account.
June 2017: Revised WNP sent for “Healthcheck” to an independent examiner
July to Dec 2017: Feedback from the “Healthcheck” and from the RBWM received and reviewed. Redrafting continues.
Our Plan Area is regarded as having “complex” needs and as having some unique issues. As a consequence, we have been offered extra government support by the Department of Communities and Local Government.
•Additional technical support in the form of free consultancy hours via the government agency, Locality which will cover a Strategic Environmental Assessment.
•Additional grant funding via Locality to cover some specific matters and this has allowed us to start the work needed.
Due to the above re-work, we will, most probably have to re-submit our Plan for the Regulation 14 Pre-Submission Consultation. We hope to do this in the Spring, followed by preparation of the Final Draft for submission to the Council later in 2018.
John and Claire
HELP US TO PROTECT THINGS THAT ARE IMPORTANT ABOUT WINDSOR
The WNP is able to nominate Assets of Community Value, Local Green Spaces, and Non-designated Heritage Assets to The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead for consideration for "Local listing". If accepted by RBWM then these Assets have some protection against development.
Windsor Royal Theatre and Alexandra Gardens have already been nominated (by The Windsor & Eton Society) and accepted. The WNP will also be happy to nominate other assets that local people consider important if they meet the eligibility criteria. You can read more about these by clicking here.
Please complete the WNP Community Asset Nomination Form to suggest items to us for consideration. You must include your name and postcode. We will pass ones which are eligible on to RBWM.
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The best way to contact us and to learn more about the Windsor Neighbourhood Plan is to email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Claire Milne or John Bastow, Windsor Plan Co-Chairs on 07932 635580