Slough consult on local plan

Slough Council has opened a consultation on their new Local Plan.

The council has produced an ‘Issues and Options’ document that identifies the challenges over the next 20 years, including the need for 21,000 new homes by 2036.

The document, which also highlights Heathrow expansion, the town centre and congestion as the other main issues that need addressing, was endorsed by the council’s cabinet in December.

Councillor Sohail Munawar, leader of Slough Borough Council, said: “Slough is a fantastic place of opportunity. We’re an economic powerhouse, in an excellent location, with a young, vibrant population.

“However, we have mammoth challenges ahead – our population is growing fast and we have a lack of space for new homes and businesses.

“We’ve identified what we believe are the crucial issues, from the numbers of new affordable homes we can supply and how we all travel around our town, to how we can grow our economy and ensure that residents see the benefits of that growth.”

Folowing the consultation, the council produce a set of preferred options, and then a new Local Plan.

The options being consulted on include building new homes on Green Belt, adapting the town centre to fit better with the changing face of retail, and improving skill levels in the local population.

The consultation runs to Monday 27 February.

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