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Neighbourhood Plans

The Localism Act introduces statutory neighbourhood planning in England. It enables communities to draw up a neighbourhood plan for their area and is intended to give communities more of a say in the development of their local area.

The council is a vanguard authority on this project, and is helping communities prepare neighbourhood plans. Funding has been secured from central government for most of the Neighbourhood Plan areas and government regularly makes funding available to groups directly. If you would like to discuss any of the neighbourhood plans contact the neighbourhood planning group directly or contact planning policy on 01628 796357 or planning.policy@rbwm.gov.uk

Consultations on current applications for neighbourhood areas and neighbourhood forums

There currently are no consultations on new applications

A "Neighbourhood Area" is the geographical area that a Neighbourhood Development Plan will cover. If your organisation wants to designate a Neighbourhood Area you will need to apply to the Local Planning Authority. In areas without a parish or town council, local people will need to decide which organisation should produce a neighbourhood plan or development order. These can be existing community or business groups or local people forming a new group. Before a community or business group can be formally designated as a Neighbourhood Forum it must apply to the Local Planning Authority for the proposed boundary of the Neighbourhood Plan area to be formally consulted upon and then designated first. An application for both a neighbourhood area and forum can be submitted and consulted on at the same time.

The consultation for the Windsor neighbourhood area and forum applications has now closed. See below for more information about the two new neighbourhood areas and forums for Windsor including maps and applications. Comments received during the consultation can be read at the bottom of the page.

Which neighbourhood plan areas have been designated?

On 21 August 2014 Cabinet approved two neighbourhood areas for Windsor. These are the Central Windsor neighbourhood area and the Windsor neighbourhood area. The Council has a total of 11 designated neighbourhood plan areas across the borough following applications from parish councils, a town council and neighbourhood forums. These areas are listed below and can be viewed on the map available to download at the bottom of the webpage.

  • Ascot and the Sunnings (applied for jointly by Ascot & Sunninghill Parish and Sunningdale Parish Councils)
  • Bisham (applied for by Bisham Parish Council)
  • Bray (applied for by Bray Parish Council)
  • Central Windsor (applied for by the Central Windsor business neighbourhood forum)
  • Datchet (applied for by Datchet Parish Council)
  • Eton and Eton Wick (applied for by Eton Town Council)
  • Horton and Wraysbury (applied for jointly by Horton and Wraysbury Parish Councils)
  • Hurley and the Walthams (applied for by White Waltham, Waltham St Lawrence and Hurley Parish Councils, and Shottesbrooke Parish Meeting)
  • Maidenhead and Cox Green (applied for by Cox Green Parish Council)
  • Old Windsor (applied for by Old Windsor Parish Council)
  • Windsor (applied for by the Windsor neighbourhood forum)

Which neighbourhood forums have been designated?

There are two neighbourhood forums within the Borough. These are the Central Windsor business neighbourhood forum and the Windsor neighbourhood forum which were approved at the Cabinet meeting on 21 August 2014.

Progress of neighbourhood plans

Area Progress (last updated 2/02/2015) Status
Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale

The neighbourhood plan was made part of the development plan for the area at the Council meeting on 29 April 2014.

The plan was subject to a referendum on 27 March 2014. 91% of those voting in the referendum supported the adoption of the plan by the Royal Borough.

To read the adopted plan: http://consult.rbwm.gov.uk/portal/referendum/ascotnp?tab=files
For more information: http://www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/pp_ascot_np.htm

Email: ascotandthesunnings@yahoo.com
Web: http://ascotandthesunnings.com/



The steering group is making good progress. The draft plan has been produced and the group is planning on going out on consultation on the plan in the Summer.

Email: brayplan@gmail.com
Web: http://www.brayplan.com/

Good progress


Bisham neighbourhood plan Steering Group is meeting monthly. The group has researched issues and drafted topic papers and has been looking at a vision. They hope to be able to consult further with residents on issues and opportunities early in the year.

Email: clerk@bishamparishcouncil.org.uk
Web: http://www.bishamparishcouncil.org.uk/

Good progress

Central Windsor Business Forum

The forum has held a vision consultation and is currently analysiung results. The forum is going to draft aims, objectives and policies early in the year. The forum is working together with the Windsor Forum.

Email: chairman@windsor2030.org
Web: http://windsor2030.org

Good progress

The group has analysed questionnaires of a residents' survey held in Spring 2014. There was a good response rate to the questionnaire. The parish is still looking for local volunteers who would like to be involved in the preparation of the neighbourhood plan. Contact the chair, Cllr Mrs Linda O'Flynn, through the parish office on 01753 773499.

Email: clerk@datchetparishcouncil.gov.uk
Web: http://www.datchetparishcouncil.gov.uk/

Some progress

Eton & Eton Wick

The group has reserached a number of topics including housing and development, business and tourism, transport and infrastructure and open spaces and environment. The group is preparing a householoder questionnaire for Spring 2015 and is working with Planning Aid towards a vision and objectives.

Email: etoncouncil@aol.com

Good progress
Horton & Wraysbury

The group undertook a public consultation in late 2014 and received a healthy response rate. The group is working with Planning Aid and using the results of the consultation to help draw up a neighbourhood plan for the area.

Email: info@hwnp.co.uk

Good progress

Hurley and the Walthams

The group is working with a planning consultant to identify potential policies to include in a first draft of a neighbourhood plan for the area. This work is informed by the results from the last survey of residents.

Email: hurleyandthewalthams@gmail.com
Web: http://hurleyandthewalthams.org/

Good progress

Maidenhead and Cox Green

The group is working with consultants to refocus the group, currently looking at a vision and topics.

Email: maidenheadplan@gmail.com
Web: http://www.maidenheadplan.com

Good progress

Old Windsor

Work is continuing on shaping the content of a neighbourhood plan for the area, in conjunction with a planning consultant and a drainage and flooding advisor. Work is being informed by the responses to a consultation weekend hed last year.

Email: clerk@owpc.co.uk
Web: http://www.owpc.co.uk/npp/index.html

Good progress

Windsor (excl. Central Windsor)

The forum is working with Planning Aid and has consulted on a vision, priorities and objectives and is now drafting policies. The forum is working together with the Central Windsor Forum for Business.

Email: info@windsorplan.org.uk
Web: http://www.windsorplan.org.uk/

Good progress

Map of designated neighbourhood areas within the Borough

Central Windsor and Windsor neighbourhood areas as designated on 21 August 2014

  • Windsor neighbourhood area

Agreement between Windsor neighbourhood forum and Central Windsor business neighbourhood forum

  • Agreement Windsor forums

Guide to neighbourhood planning and key milestones


Responses received during the consultation on the Windsor and Central Windsor neighbourhood area and forum applications

Post-consultation deadline comments Windsor applications

  • Post-consultation comments

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