The Datchet neighborhood plan will be considered by the council
The Royal Borough must consider a plan that will help protect Datchet from unwanted developments.
Following recent public consultation, the parish council gave the green light to a steering group to submit the draft Datchet Neighborhood Plan to the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead for planning officers to inspect.
The group has been forming the legal document since 2011 to create a vision of what the village should look like until 2033. It will be used as a material consideration when deciding on applications to help protect the village from unwanted buildings.
It also protects the heritage assets of Datchet and the features and street scene of the village.
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Its aim is also to maintain, protect and enhance green spaces, promote biodiversity, ensure that new housing is of high quality and reflective of the village, that development is sustainable and sensitively designed to minimize risk flood and climate change, that the development has adequate additional infrastructure, facilities, and services, and improve transport and traffic within Datchet.
Once planning officers have verified that due process has been followed, the neighborhood plan will be made public and further public consultation will take place before it is submitted to an independent reviewer, and possibly a referendum at the village scale.
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The steering group hopes to get the plan in place before an application to build around 80 homes between London Road and the freeway is submitted by developer Inland Homes.
They hope the neighborhood plan will help ensure that any new development is visually appealing and sympathetic to local character and history, and maintains a strong sense of place.