What a Duty to Cooperate Memorandum of Misunderstanding Looks Like

Forward to Slough BC document on Slough Northern Extension

By the way the proposal includes Richings Park Golf Course,  a good site for housing but better for employment, it and the adjoining very low density housing area should be redeveloped as Britain/s largest inland port/SEZ/SRFI – New LIFE- linked to Heathrow Airfreight by the proposed Heathrow Western Access tunnel – as the most accessible site by road, rail and air in the UK; housing as opposed to logistics/entrepot would be a waste of a good site.  Ill be blogging on this soon.

Slough Borough Council is not the Local Planning Authority, Highway
Authority or Education Authority for much of the area covered by this
document. Those relevant authorities are South Bucks District Council
and Buckinghamshire County Council.
Slough Borough Council commissioned Atkins to prepare the Draft
Slough Northern Extension document (the document) to support
its proposal in South Bucks District under the Duty to Co-operate
in order to help meet Slough’s anticipated unmet housing needs to
2036.
As such the document has no planning status and does not form
part of the Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan evidence base. It can
however inform Duty to Co-operate discussions with Slough Borough
Council.
South Bucks District Council is undertaking a joint Local Plan with
Chiltern District Council, the Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan
2014 – 2036, and is progressing towards Draft Local Plan consultation
prior to Submission (Regulation 19 stage).
South Bucks District Council and Chiltern District Council are cooperating
on an on-going basis with Slough Borough Council on
the emerging Local Plan. However the Councils do not agree on
the approach being taken by Slough Borough Council regarding
its aspirations for a Northern Extension to Slough in South Bucks
District. This disagreement on approach, from Chiltern and South
Bucks District Councils’ perspective (a position shared with Aylesbury
Vale District Council, Wycombe District Council and Bucks Thames
Valley Local Enterprise Partnership), is set out in a Duty to Co-operate
Position Statement on the Councils’ websites (under the Emerging
Local Plan Evidence Base pages).
In addition the proposal in the document is contrary to the evidence
base being prepared to support the Chiltern and South Bucks Local
Plan particularly in relation to the published Green Belt Assessment
work. As such the proposal includes land identified for development
that has not been identified for potential release from the Green Belt
as part of the Councils’ Preferred Green Belt Options.
The Northern Extension of Slough proposal is therefore not
supported by South Bucks District Council as the Local Planning
Authority or Chiltern District Council in undertaking a joint Local Plan
with South Bucks District Council based on current evidence base
documents available. Further evidence base work including additional
Green Belt Assessment evidence base work will inform on-going duty
to co-operate discussions with Slough Borough Council.
Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils have provided officer
comments on the Draft Slough Northern Extension document
and these comments are published on their websites (e.g. again
under Emerging Local Plan Evidence Base pages). Based on these
comments the Councils have advised Slough Borough Council not to
publish the Draft Slough Northern Extension document. Instead the
Councils have requested that Slough Borough Council re-consider
the document in the light of the Bucks Duty to Co-operate Position
Statement and comments on the draft document; to publish a
memorandum of understanding setting out respective positions;
undertake a correctly ordered evidence base needed to be in place in
order to be able to consider the Northern Extension proposal; and to
continue with discussions under the Duty to Co-operate to hopefully
arrive at an agreed outcome. However Slough Borough Council has
decided to publish the document and has agreed to do so with this
Covering Note so that readers of the document better understand its
planning context.

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