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How do we plan for the jobs and homes our growing population deserve when there is limited land?

How do we get the best for Slough from the expansion at Heathrow?

These are some of the challenges Slough will face in the next 20 years.

The council needs your help to make Slough’s growth a success.

Today Slough is an economic powerhouse full of opportunities for its young population, and the potential to be a vibrant metropolitan place. Slough has an excellent location, with Windsor, London and Heathrow, as well as Colne Valley Park on its doorstep.

The big issue is the need for homes for our young people. Slough’s housing need is for 927 homes a year, much larger than the 315 goal from the previous plan. This means that from 2013 to 2036 the council has to plan for a total of more than 21,000 new homes.

We want to protect the individual character of all our suburbs, make sure we continue to provide good job opportunities, and encourage people to be healthier and reduce congestion by discouraging car use for short journeys.

The council has produced 11 options about where new development could go including the expansion of the town centre, the creation of new residential neighbourhoods and regeneration or renewal of selected areas for housing and business.  

For example, the expansion of the centre of Slough ‘upwards and outwards’ aims to revitalise the town centre so it is a place where people want to stay, shop, live, work and play. Having more development here will mean lots of people can take advantage of the train and bus stations, the A4 and the new Western Rail Link to Heathrow and Crossrail.

Because new land for housing is in short supply, some options have needed to consider the release of green belt and other smaller employment sites for new housing. We have also looked at whether we can get more housing into suburban areas in a satisfactory way.

A group of options focus on providing a solution to the housing problem by reusing land. One of these is the creation of a new residential neighbourhood on land currently used for industry between Uxbridge Road and Wexham Road. These new residences would benefit from the facilities at the town centre. Other options focus on regenerating existing areas such as the canal basin and Chalvey to provide better housing and public space.

Consultation 

A consultation on the issues and options will launch on 16 January, with residents and businesses able to have their say until 27 February.

For more details about the options or to take part, visit the council's website, email planningpolicy@slough.gov.uk or write to Local Plan, 2FW St Martins Place, 51 Bath Road, SL1 3UF.

You can also comment on Twitter using #Next20Years.

We cannot reply to each comment individually, but if you want to formally take part, fill in the online form once the consultation launches.

The timing of the final plan will need to take on board the Government’s decision at Heathrow, but based on the results of the consultation, the council will choose a preferred option, expected to be published in September 2017.

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