Most applications are decided by planning officers who apply Local Planning Policies and the Government's agenda for Planning (for example the National Planning Policy Framework). About five per cent (such as larger developments) are also considered by Members at the Planning Committee which is a public meeting generally held every month. Planning is a public process so neighbours and others are also able to express their views on planning related matters.
For clarity, and to ensure impartiality and consistency in the way planning is carried out, Members and Officers are guided by a code of conduct set out in the Council's constitution. More information can be found here:
Planning applications are processed within the statutory period of 8 weeks for minor applications, 13 weeks for major applications and 16 weeks for applications accompanied by an environmental impact assessment. This includes three weeks for those who may be affected by the proposals such as neighbours, the Highways team for roads or the Environment Agency about flooding to give us their views.
If your planning application has been refused you can appeal to the independent Planning Inspectorate to reconsider the decision. There are time limits within which this can be done, and information that needs to be submitted which varies according to the type of application. Guidance and forms are provided online from the links below.
All planning applications are assessed against the Council's adopted planning policies. These are set out in a number of documents specific to Slough including the Slough Core Strategy, Saved Local Plan, Proposals Map and Site Allocations, and supplemented by additional documents such as the Residential Extensions Guidelines and Developer's Guides. More information is available from the links below.
The Council have begun to review the Local Plan for Slough. It will set out how new development in Slough can continue to meet the needs of its growing business and residential communities up to 2036. The biggest challenges will be how to build all the new homes our residents need, how to continue to provide for locally and nationally important businesses, how to make the most of Heathrow on our doorstep, how to tackle congestion, and how to provide all the infrastructure we need.
We are now consulting on the what we think the major challenges are, and what the Plan could do to address them.