Planning Slough's future
Slough residents are being encouraged to share their aspirations for the borough as part of a public consultation on the council’s new Local Plan.
The council has produced an ‘Issues and Options’ document that identifies the challenges facing planners 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.
Now the council is running a public consultation to give residents a chance to have their say.
Councillor Sohail Munawar, council leader, 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.
“This consultation is an exciting chance for people to tell us their ideas and help us craft Slough’s future.”
The feedback received from residents will help the council produce a set of preferred options, which will also be consulted on before being used to produce a new Local Plan.
Once adopted, the Local Plan will be used to decide planning applications in the borough for the next 10 to 20 years.
To take part in the official statutory consultation, residents are encouraged to:
The deadline for comments is 5pm on Monday 27 February.
Join in the discussion
The council has produced a leaflet and short magazine that summarise the challenges and some possible solutions. A copy is available online, with paper copies available at The Curve, MyCouncil (Landmark Place) and some community centres.