THE Royal Borough’s planning blueprint is close to the finish line – and residents can have their say in finalising it.

The council has announced the latest round of consultation in the borough local plan, which will decide where thousands of homes will be built until 2033 and aim to guide and support future local regeneration and investment.

It also outlines where new developments cannot take place, such as on some green belt areas.

This consultation runs from Monday 19 July 2021 to Sunday 5 September. The council is inviting comments on the proposed main modifications which the planning inspector advises are necessary to make the plan sound and capable of adoption.

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These changes include reinstating three sites in Maidenhead, Sunninghill, and Horton, reducing the number of dwellings on three small sites, and the removal of a suggested site at Englemere Lodge, Ascot.

Councillor David Coppinger, cabinet member for planning, said: “I am very pleased to see that we are taking the next step towards adopting the Borough Local Plan.

“It is vital in helping to deliver the council’s placemaking and climate change ambitions. It will also support local investment, regeneration, jobs, and the right mix of homes in the correct places, to meet the needs and aspirations of our communities, in addition to infrastructure improvements such new roads and community facilities.

“This latest consultation gives residents the opportunity to comment on proposed changes from the planning inspector to support the soundness of the plan before adoption by the council.

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“Thank you to everyone who has taken part in the development of the Borough Local Plan and in any previous consultations.”

More details about the consultation can be found on the council website.

A paper copy of the consultation documents will soon be made available at every Royal Borough library for those who do not have internet access.