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Green Belt: Windsor and Maidenhead

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) representations and (b) instructions the Government Office for the South East has given to the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead on the review of its Green Belt as part of its Local Development Framework. (252300)

The Government Office for the South East (GOSE) made representations on the Preferred Options (9 March 2006) and Submission (15 December 2006) versions of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead’s Core Strategy.

At the Preferred Options (9 March 2006) stage it commented:

“It is assumed that as part of the evidence base the Council will be able to demonstrate that it will be possible to accommodate all likely required development within the Borough over at least the plan period and hence there is no need to review the location and extent of the Green Belt at this time.”

GOSE also sought clarification as to whether proposed policies CS19 and CS27 were intended to diverge from national policy in Planning Policy Guidance Note 2 “Green Belts”, and if so what the reasoning for this was.

GOSE’s representations on the Submission Core Strategy (15 December 2006), included the following:

“We are ... concerned that the policy and text regarding any potential Green Belt review is somewhat vague. It would be helpful if the Core Strategy could be more-precise as to the circumstances that may trigger the need for a review. In this context we make no assumptions that a review of Green Belt will axiomatically result in the amendment of any particular boundary.”

GOSE has not given the Council any instructions on the review of its Green Belt as part of its Local Development Framework.