Yesterday, at its cabinet meeting, the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead decided to approve two neighbourhood plans areas for Windsor. This comes after a six week consultation period.

An inner plan, covering the main business, visitor and shopping areas of central Windsor, was approved as a business area, giving businesses a vote. The former Central Windsor Neighbourhood Plan area, is now doubled in population to match the boundary of the inner area and to include the Clewer and Dedworth areas.

The boundary submitted to the council by the two forums had been the result of a tussle. WLR responded to the consultation to request that this boundary should be more rational, respectful of natural and geographic features, and was also concerned that it and other businesses should not be split in two.  Other businesses based around Alexandra Gardens and the Crown Estate responded in a similar vein.

WLR is pleased that these points have been agreed with and this now makes it easier for the WLR to proceed, being entirely in the business area.  Residents in a larger area, possibly the whole of Windsor and Eton, will also get a vote when the plan goes to a referendum next year, something that WLR also welcomes.

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Normally WLR uses pictures showing the best of Windsor but now as the planning process begins it is worth looking at some of the less attractive areas around the railway area and behind Alexandra Gardens, which are now all in the business area. It’s amazing that such dilapidated areas exist just yards from the castle and the river and WLR will improve these. Click on the gallery above to see larger.