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    David Burbage MBE was Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council from 2007-2016. This blog : Promoted by Geoff Hill on behalf of David Burbage and all other Windsor and Maidenhead Conservative candidates, all of 2 Castle End Farm, Ruscombe, Berkshire RG10 9XQ
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Delivering our 2011 Manifesto (Planning and Housing)

Posted by davidburbage on April 10, 2015

Next house?

As part of the election campaign I’m running through what we said we’d do last time, and what we did.

This time, Planning and Housing.

Protect the Green Belt

Council motions and published consultation proposals diminish chance of major greenbelt loss

Support neighbourhood planning as per the Localism bill

Wow, have we over delivered here! All parts of the Borough are covered by a neighbourhood plan, and one has even passed referendum in Ascot and the Sunnings.

Only support shared equity and staircased home ownership options for affordable housing delivery

New policies in the local plan will ensure major developments contain these tenure types to bring new residents as stakeholders in their community

Support innovative funding options to better enable right-to-buy applications

Do It Yourself Shared Ownership has brought in new homes through Housing Solutions. More schemes are being worked on.

Support and enhance our conservation areas

Two new and two enhanced conservation areas have been delivered.

Press for greater powers and quicker responses in dealing with planning infringements, fighting any appeals strongly

Enforcement resources have been expanded and external resource brought in to support appeal proceedings. We’ve lobbied Government over the difficulties of dealing with unauthorised encampments and developments.

Encourage small businesses with minimal impact to be supported through planning policy

New protocol in place and new policies to be brought in through the new local plan

Work to ensure planning policy is fair to all with no special privileges

Planning decisions for traveller applications have been both given Member approval (Datchet) and refused (Waltham St Lawrence, Old Windsor, Fifield). Sufficient plots for the travelling community have been endorsed by the Borough – and unauthorised encampments have been considered for enforcement or legal proceedings.

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