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General Information

The Planning Team

Neighbourhood Plan

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

Neighbourhood planning groups are an initiative of this government and were included in the Localism Act of November 2011.  Since then, six Neighbourhood Plans have been adopted in the UK and over 840 are in various stages of development. The intention of the act is to empower local people in shaping the future of the areas in which they live through development of the Neighbourhood Plan and Policies.

Once in place, the plan will comprise the framework for change in our area for the next ten years. Government has said that Neighbourhood Planning will help communities to play a greater role in finding creative and imaginative ways to overcome the pressures that development can create for conservation, local services and amenities.  This event is one of the ways you can provide your ideas and input to the Plan.

Once adopted, the Warfield Neighbourhood Plan would be used in determining planning applications, as it would form part of Bracknell Forest Borough Council’s statutory planning documents in addition to, not a replacement for, the Core Strategy, SALP and the Warfield Supplementary Planning Document.

What a Neighbourhood Plan can and can’t do

It can:

  • Protect and create open space, allotments, sports pitches, play areas, parks and gardens
  • Protect important buildings and historic assets
  • Promote renewable energy projects
  • Support the establishment of new businesses or their expansion
  • Bring vacant or derelict land back in use
  • Develop transport and access proposals
  • Propose community centres, places for worship, schools, health, leisure and recreation facilities
  • Allocate small housing sites

It cannot:

  • Prevent development taking place that is included within a Local Plan (i.e. the 2,200 SALP homes)

But it does:

  • Allow those involved in the neighbourhood to have a say where and how the development should be done that is formally recognised and has weight in the Planning process.

 Whilst the plan cannot stop the building of the 2,200 homes and schools allocated in the Site Allocations Local Plan (SALP) for Warfield, the developers are keen to work with the Warfield Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and seek their input and advice on the forthcoming developments, allowing us to help shape the future landscape, design, infrastructure and facilities in the area.

Neighbourhood Planning was introduced by the Localism Act 2011, and for the first time, gives local people a real say in shaping the future development of their area. See the Plain English Guide to the Localism Act, government site and Bracknell Forest site for more information.

Get Involved in the Warfield Parish Neighbourhood Plan

Have a look at the Get Involved page – we’re always looking for new volunteers.
The process to develop the Plan

  • The Plan is drafted by the Steering Group and Topic focus Groups.
  • Once ready, there will be local consultation on the Draft Plan.
  • Amendments will be made following the consultation.
  • The Draft Plan is then submitted to an independent examination by the government Planning Inspectorate. This body is made up of people such as QCs, planners, lawyers and others who’ve been trained to run Planning Enquiries and so on. They’ll check the correct legal procedures have been followed, and enough evidence gathered to continue to the next step.
  • Once it’s passed, the Plan’s submitted to a local referendum of Parish residents.
  • Should the Plan not pass the local referendum, planning applications can be dealt with, without the weight of local expressed and approved views – and a new Neighbourhood plan may have to be started from scratch.
  • Once getting final approval from local people, our Plan will form part of the Bracknell Forest development plan, and carry real legal weight in planning decisions.