Simplified Planning Zone (SPZ) 2014-2024

The SPZ is a specialised planning permission that applies across most of Slough Trading Estate. It sets out a range of conditions that have to be met in order that some types of development, mostly datacentres, warehouses and research and development centres, can be built without the need to apply for an individual planning permission. 

The Trading Estate is home to 400 businesses employing 17,000 people, including international brands and smaller specialised enterprises that have been long term residents on the Estate. It is also a priority area for regeneration and investment by the Council to ensure local residents continue to have access to a wide range of job opportunities.

There has been an SPZ on the Estate since 1995, and it has played a critical role in helping Slough to attract and retain business investment in the town, and SEGRO to deliver world class industrial premises in a high quality environment.The SPZ also brings other benefits for Slough including supporting:

  • The 'Hoppa bus' service that runs between Slough and Burnham Rail Stations 
  • The 'Aspire' skills training centre
  • Improvements to pedestrian, cycle and bus access to Burnham Station in preparation for Crossrail.

Details of the scheme, including the area covered by the SPZ and the types of development permitted are in the documents below.

The component parts are provided below for convenience: