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NEWS ARCHIVE

 

May 2018

We want to keep you updated on progress since our last update on 8th February. As always lots is going on behind the scenes and although it might not always seem like it, we are working as fast as we can to get our WNP to completion!

Here are the highlights from the last few months:

 

•The new grant funds were received in February.

 

•We commissioned AECOM in early March to do the necessary Sustainability Appraisal/Strategic Environmental Assessment and to do a final redraft of policies.

 

•AECOM have now redrafted the policies and the committee has reviewed and agreed the final wording.

 

•Work is ongoing among the committee to revise design guides, maps, Appendices and delivery and implementation tables and evidence list appropriate to the final draft policies.

 

• Detailed work is ongoing concerning Open Spaces, ensuring that we have identified and categorised all of the Urban Open Spaces, and in particular identified Local Green Space.

 

•Website has been updated.

 

•AECOM has been working on the SEA process running concurrently with the policy redrafting work..

 

•The SEA Scoping report and consultation with statutory consultees completed in April.

 

•The SEA Identification of any reasonable alternatives to the policies is currently being done, prior to completion of the Environmental report

 

•The committee has reviewed and commented on the emerging BLP for the examination process

 

•Committee members will attend the BLP examination hearings 26th-28th June,

 

•Committee has attended RBWM planning policy meeting with Parishes/NPs regarding Infrastructure.

 

•Planning Applications throughout the area, (including Legoland and former the Alma Road/Imperial House) have been monitored and responded to.

 

•members responded to the Ward Boundary review

 

•GDPR privacy policy and mailing list has been updated and communicated

 

We are aiming to present the latest draft of the WNP to the Forum in July and give sufficient time to read it before meeting to discuss and approve it.We hope to be in touch very soon with a date for the next Forum meeting.

Best regards

WNP Committee 30/5/2018

 

 

March 5th 2018

We have now been approved for and received additional grant funding via Locality to cover some specific matters.

 

Feb 2nd 2018

 

Currently the WNP policies are being refined by the group in consultation with our consultants, AECOM, and the

 

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 has been agreed via the government agency, Locality which will cover a Strategic Environmental Assessment.

•In addition, we have been approved to apply for additional grant funding via Locality to cover some specific matters and we are waiting to hear if this application has been successful.

 

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. The Referendum should follow.

 

 

17 December 2016

 

Thank you for all of you who responded to our Pre-Submission (Regulation 14) consultation which

 

closed in November 2016. We have been reviewing all of the responses received and will report on the position in early 2017.

 

We now also have seen the draft RBWM Borough Local Plan (out for public consultation between 2nd Dec 2016 and 13 th Jan 2017) which is a crucial document for us. We are feeding our views back to

 

RBWM on the BLP and at the same time doing the necessary work to ensure that our plan meets the basic conditions of general conformity with the BLP.

 

Also Windsor2030 (Central Windsor Business Neighbourhood Plan) is starting to emerge. We are also working to take this into account.

 

We hope to report back to the WNP Forum in early 2017 on the results of all of this work and produce a FINAL Draft WNP shortly thereafter.

 

Our sincere thanks go to all of our members and particularly our fantastic Committee - all volunteers - who are working so hard on doing our best for Windsor and aiming for a WNP Referendum in 2017.

 

02 June 2016

 

Our latest May 2016 Newsletter is now available, click here to download. Or read it here by putting your cursor over the top right corner and choosing "pop out" to make it open in a new window.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22 January 2016

 

Here we go – nearly there!

 

We are currently consulting for the last time before presenting the draft Neighbourhood Plan to you and the wider community.

 

As part of the final preparations for the Neighbourhood Plan we are asking for your help and comments on a few aspects of the Plan.

 

We want your comments on:

 

  • The views and vistas you would like protected

 

  • How you would like Windsor to look in the future

 

  • Proposals for the Dedworth Road residential and retail precinct

 

  • Proposals for the Police Station and former Imperial House site

 

Your option matters:

 

Please complete our brief consultation survey by clicking here.

 

NOTE: The supporting Options document can be viewed here and below.

 

Sometimes pictures speak louder than words…

 

Please email the forum with pictures/ideas/suggestions at the following address:

 

info@windsorplan.org.uk

 

Thank you.

 

13 January 2016

Windsor Neighbourhood Plan

29 December 2015

On 23rd January 2016 (10am-4pm Gardeners Hall, St Leonards Road) and via our website, we will be consulting on some of our options on the following;

  • Dedworth Road Urban Design ideas,
  • Development Options for the vacant site between Alma Road and Vansittart Road
  • Design and Architecture throughout our area that people want to see.
  • Views worth preserving in and around the WNP area

 

29 December 2015

So here we are, another year over. Although we may have been quiet for a while, a lot of work has been going on behind the scenes, and we are delighted to announce that we are making real progress on our NP.

WNP First Milestone reached

We achieved a real milestone on 9th November, by presenting our first full draft of our policy options to our Forum (as well as to landowners and others who may be affected) for consideration. This is not a public document yet, but it will be shared soon once all of the initial feedback is received and any necessary changes have been made. The first responses we have received are very positive.

Our policies range across the following: ideas for major potential development sites, character and appearance, getting around, housing and community, working and shopping, and the natural environment, and have been drawn up with assistance from consultants AECOM.

We have a little bit to do before we present our ideas for the first public consultation of the draft plan (This will hopefully be in February/March 2016).

 

Those of you who have been following our journey will know that members of the Committee and some members of the Forum have spent an enormous amount of hard work in their own time to get to this point, and we give them our sincere thanks for this.

We are excited at what the New Year will bring. We hope to finally bring our Neighbourhood Plan to Referendum around the summer of 2016.

A happy Christmas and New Year to you all.

Claire Milne/John Bastow WNP Co- Chairs Alison Logan, Susy Shearer, Helen Price, Jane Carter……Committee

 

 

14 July 2015

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead are currently seeking Windsor residents to give their input on local planning, please visit 'Borough Local Plan Summer 2015 consultation and beyond' and follow the link to the Borough Local Plan Consultation Summer 2015 Survey, which includes questions about urban spaces and the proposed Windsor Link Railway. This is your opportunity to support, object, comment, suggest.

 

July 2015

Followers of the long history of NPs in Windsor will be pleased to hear that we have now started to write our plan and policies. The results of our Vision Survey earlier this year allowed us to confirm that we are on the right track, so we are now cracking on. There is still much more work to be done though.

 

During May we have been able to appoint AECOM consultants to give us technical support in town planning and help us finalise all of our ideas and policies. This will enable us to get our draft plan finalised ready for the next stage of consultation, and to make sure that it meets all of the necessary conditions. This will take the next couple of months,but we hope to have a draft plan in place by the late summer of 2015 ready for the next stage of consultation.

 

Claire Milne

WNP Co-Chair

 

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The best way to contact us and to learn more about the Windsor Neighbourhood Plan is to email info@windsorplan.org.uk or phone Claire Milne or John Bastow, Windsor Plan Co-Chairs on 07932 635580