The Ascot and the Sunnings Neighbourhood Plan was unanimously adopted at a full council meeting on Tuesday, April 29.

The formal adoption of the plan comes after a successful public referendum in March, when 91% of residents voted in favour of it – well in excess of the 50% needed for it to be adopted.

The plan has several policies outlining possible future development in Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale, including plans for development north of Ascot High Street and also surrounding Sunningdale railway station.

It is the first neighbourhood plan to be adopted in the Royal Borough.

Cllr Christine Bateson, of Sunningdale ward, said: “It was passed with 91% in favour. That is the most the country has ever seen. It was also only the 10th neighbourhood plan to be made in the country.

“That shows the enormity of the task. The steering group worked incredibly hard to get to this stage.” Cllr David Hilton, of Ascot and Cheapside ward, said: “There were only three parish councillors and no borough councillors involved, showing it truly was resident-led. It really was localism in action.” Margaret Morgan, co-chairwoman of the plan’s steering group, said: “It’s fantastic news but the hard work is only just starting!”