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Central Directorates strategic priorities

Value for money

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We will continue to drive and maintain strong financial management and make sure that what we are spending is targeted on the right things.

The way the council is funded will continue to change, so will the way we deliver the services you value and trust.

1.1  Make sure our council tax is in the lowest 10% nationally amongst similar authorities.

Strategic priorities for 1.1.

Annual priorities

Description

Due date

Lead officer

Related strategies

1.1.01

Maintain council tax in the lowest 10% nationally of all unitary authorities.

Feb 2022

Director: Resources

Medium term financial strategy

1.1.02

Spending is within the approved budget for this year, monitored through monthly reporting to DMTs and CMT.

Mar 2022

Director: Resources

Medium term financial strategy

1.1.05

Enable the delivery of the change programme by providing programme, change and project management expertise and capacity to achieve savings targets on time and improve service quality.

Mar 2022

Assistant Director: CXO

Medium term financial strategy

1.1.07

Work with senior management and the transformation team to ensure transformation savings are validated and achieved per time scale.

Mar 2022

Chief Accountant

Medium term financial strategy

1.1.08

Maximise value from the one-off stimulus package agreed as part of the 2021/22 budget to support recovery from COVID.

Mar 2022

Director: Resources

Recovery and renewal strategy

1.2 Invest in digital technology and access points to help people access our services.

Strategic priorities for 1.2.

Annual priorities

Description

Due date

Lead officer

Related strategies

1.2.03

Review and refresh the Workforce and Organisational Development Strategies to make sure they reflect the different needs arising from remote working, including enhanced digital, communication, and management skills.

Oct 2021

Assistant Director: HR and OD

Cross council strategies

1.2.04

Continue the embedding and integration of service and workforce planning, with a particular focus on ensuring the diversity of the workforce reflects the make-up of the local population.

Mar 2022

Assistant Director: HR and OD

Service Planning, OD and Workforce Strategy

1.2.06

Enhance support for workforce planning by developing an evidence-based recruitment and retention strategy which delivers a clear employee value proposition and a clear talent, career planning and succession support service to assist services experiencing difficulties in attracting and retaining permanent staff and which reduces the cost and reliance on agency workers.

Mar 2022

Assistant Director: HR and OD

Cross council strategies

Economic resilience

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We will continue to work hard to make sure that Bracknell Forest continues to thrive even with the challenges ahead for all sectors of the economy.

The council is committed to continue the town centre regeneration and over the next 4 years to deliver the next phases, helping the whole town centre to flourish and grow, providing a rich 18-hour economy.

We will also deliver new housing including much needed social housing in future schemes.

The world of work is changing, and we will continue to work closely with all our employers as they look to their futures. We are committed to helping new companies, start-ups and entrepreneurs, maintain high rates of local employment and make sure that Bracknell Forest remains a great place to live and work.

2.2  Secure delivery of the next phase of Bracknell’s town centre regeneration including The Deck and the refurbishment of Princess Square.

Strategic priorities for 2.2.

Annual priorities

Description

Due date

Lead officer

Related strategies

2.2.02

Work with Bracknell Regeneration Partnership to bring forward development of the Deck and the sustained viability of Bracknell Town Centre.

Ongoing

Director: Place Planning and Regeneration

Town centre vision

2.4  Work to retain businesses and help attract new companies to Bracknell Forest.

Strategic priorities for 2.4.

Annual priorities

Description

Due date

Lead officer

2.4.01

Production of annual business brochure to showcase the borough as a great place to locate and do business.

Sep 2021

Regeneration and Economic Development Manager

2.4.02

Support the Economic Skills and Development Partnership.

Ongoing

Regeneration and Economic Development Manager

7.001 

Maintain promotional materials (including the business website) to promote the borough as a business location.

Mar 2022

Regeneration and Economic Development Manager

2.6  Actively engage with employers and support local businesses to drive local growth.

Strategic priorities for 2.6.

Annual priorities

Description

Due date

Lead officer

2.6.01

Continue to meet businesses from across the borough as part of the Business Liaison Programme to understand barriers to growth and retention in the borough.

Ongoing

Director: Place Planning and Regeneration

2.7  Implement strategic improvements to the highway and transport network to support economic growth and manage congestion.

Strategic priorities for 2.7.

Annual priorities

Description

Due date

Lead officer

Related strategies

2.7.02

Complete the A3095 highway improvement project between Hanworth Roundabout and the Golden Retriever Roundabout.

Sep 2021

Head of Highways and Transport

Infrastructure Delivery Plan
Local transport plan

2.7.03

Secure external funding for infrastructure improvements through the submission of bids to central government and the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Ongoing

Transport Strategy Manager

Infrastructure Delivery Plan
Local transport plan

2.7.04

Start the Sport Centre Roundabout highway improvement project.

Apr 2021

Head of Highways and Transport

Infrastructure Delivery Plan
Local transport plan

7.005

Facilitate public safety on the transport network by making improvements to the physical infrastructure of the highway network.

Ongoing

Head of Highways and Transport

7.006

Work with the Safer Roads Berkshire Partnership on road safety matters including – casualty reduction, speed management, road safety awareness and education including local and national campaigns.

Ongoing

Highway Engineering and Transport Strategy Managers

2.8  Seek CIL and Section 106 funding for new infrastructure in the borough to support growth.

Strategic priorities for 2.8.

Annual priorities

Description

Due date

Lead officer

Related strategies

2.8.02

Publish an Infrastructure Funding Statement setting out what funds have been collected and how the council has applied funding to infrastructure schemes within the borough.

Dec 2021

Infrastructure and Implementation Team Manager

Infrastructure Delivery Plan

Education and skills

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The council is responsible for providing school places to meet demand. By making sure we have enough school places we are supporting parents in their desire to have greater choice.

The council supports schools through its highly rated schools improvement service. Working with teachers and governors the service helps with driving up standards and enhancing the learning environment.

3.1 We provide enough school places for every child in the borough.

Strategic priorities for 3.1.

Annual priorities

Description

Due date

Lead officer

Related strategies

3.1.01

Identify the need for education facilities to match growth levels set out in the Bracknell Forest Local Plan.

Mar 2022

Head of Planning and School Property, Places and Admissions

School places plan

3.3  Encourage local businesses to engage with local schools.

Strategic priorities for 3.3.

Annual priorities

Description

Due date

Lead officer

3.3.01

Work with the Economic Skills and Development Partnership Education sub-group to link businesses with education.

Ongoing

Regeneration and Economic Development Manager

3.5  Increase the number of apprenticeships, work experience placements and other training opportunities both within the council and in the borough.

Strategic priorities for 3.5.

Annual priorities

Description

Due date

Lead officer

3.5.01

Develop a council-wide policy for apprenticeships including expectations around pay and terms and conditions and that the Education, Skills and Growth Panel is consulted on the draft policy.

Oct 2021

Assistant Director: HR and OD

3.5.02

Continue to promote the Apprenticeship Levy to support staff development.

Mar-2022

Assistant Director: HR and OD

Caring for you and your family

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Bracknell Forest is one of the heathiest places to live. We want you to live longer in good health, both physical and mental.

We will continue to invest in preventing you and your family from needing health and care services in the first place. We pledge to buy the best possible services that meet the needs of our residents.

4.1 Develop and implement a council-wide programme of measures to help improve the health of our local population.

Strategic priorities for 4.1.

Annual priorities

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Due date

Lead officer

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4.1.02

Provide tailored support to residents to follow a healthy lifestyle at all stages of their lives through access to a range of services, measured through Public Health indicators.

Mar 2022

Consultant, Public Health

JSNA
Health and wellbeing strategy

4.5  Work with the CCG to develop a joint community and health facility at Blue Mountain.

Strategic priorities for 4.5.

Annual priorities

Description

Due date

Lead officer

4.5.01

Develop and submit a planning application by June. Secure planning approval by September 2021.

Sep 2021

Director: Place, Planning and Regeneration

4.6 Work with town and parish councils to deliver new community facilities.

Strategic priorities for 4.6.

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Due date

Lead officer

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4.6.03

Facilitate the delivery of new community hubs at Warfield (Priory Fields) and Crowthorne (Transport Research Laboratory) working with the parish councils.

Mar 2022

Assistant Director: CXO

Infrastructure Development Plan

4.9  Deliver a new residential facility for older people with dementia at Heathlands in Bracknell in partnership with the health partners.

Strategic priorities for 4.9.

Annual priorities

Description

Due date

Lead officer

4.9.03

Complete the construction of the new Heathlands care facility.

Dec 2021

Director: Resources

4.10  Use social prescribing and support the voluntary sector to help reduce isolation and loneliness.

Strategic priorities for 4.10.

Annual priorities

Description

Due date

Lead officer

Related strategies

4.10.03

Use social prescribing to facilitate access to community groups and deliver primary prevention programmes that help reduce isolation and loneliness.

Mar 2022

Consultant, Public Health

Health and wellbeing strategy

4.12  Continue to provide easy access to the natural environment.

Strategic priorities for 4.12.

Annual priorities

Description

Due date

Lead officer

Related strategies

4.12.01

Implement improvements to Suitable Natural Green Space (SANG) as part of a facilitation programme.

Mar 2022

Head of Natural Estate

Thames Basin Heaths SPD

4.12.02

Implement Capital Programme improvements to council owned open spaces.

Mar 2022

Head of Natural Estate

Thames Basin Heaths SPD

4.13  Actively support the armed services located in Bracknell Forest.

Strategic priorities for 4.13.

Annual priorities

Description

Due date

Lead officer

Related strategies

4.13.01

Coordinate and lead on the work of the Bracknell Forest Civilian Military Partnership with the RMAS to implement the local community covenant and manage the delivery of the partnership action plan including the development of a new veteran’s hub.

Mar 2022

Assistant Director: CXO

‘All of Us’ Equality Scheme 

4.13.03

Support the development of a Berkshire Civilian Military Partnership.

Mar 2022

Assistant Director: CXO

‘All of Us’ Equality Scheme 

Protecting and enhancing the environment

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We will make sure of the sustainable development of Bracknell Forest so that it remains clean and green and will work towards becoming a low carbon environment with high rates of recycling.

5.1 Protect our highly valued green spaces and strategic green gaps.

Strategic priorities for 5.1.

Annual priorities

Description

Due date

Lead officer

Related strategies

5.1.01

Publish a submission version Local Plan and undertake statutory consultation on final plan.

May 2021

Head of Planning

Bracknell Forest Local Plan

5.1.02

Finalise Local Plan for submission for government inspection Local Plan inquiry.

Jun 2021

Head of Planning

Bracknell Forest Local Plan

5.1.03

Apply the policies set out within the Local Plan to protect identified green spaces, SANGs and defined gaps between settlements.

Ongoing

Head of Planning

Sports pitch and open spaces strategy
Bracknell Forest Local Plan

5.3  Improve parking in residential areas.

Strategic priorities for 5.3.

Annual priorities

Description

Due date

Lead officer

Related strategies

5.3.01

Identify and implement parking bay schemes within residential areas in partnership with Silva Homes.

Mar 2022

Head of Highways and Transport

Infrastructure Delivery Plan Local transport plan

5.5  Enhance facilities and customer experience at Horseshoe Lake and maintain other council open spaces.

Strategic priorities for 5.5.

Annual priorities

Description

Due date

Lead officer

Related strategies

5.5.01

Implement plans for play and parking improvements and agree a new lease with Water Sports provider at Horseshoe Lake.

Aug 2021

Head of Natural Estate and Head of Property Maintenance

Thames Basin Heaths SPD

5.7  Promote greater use of public transport and cycleways.

Strategic priorities for 5.7.

Annual priorities

Description

Due date

Lead officer

Related strategies

5.7.03

Work with bus operators to facilitate and promote bus travel and increase value for money and viability of council supported services.

Ongoing

Head of Highways and Transport

Infrastructure Delivery Plan
Local transport plan

5.7.04

Facilitate the provision of private sector led electric vehicle charging points within the borough.

Ongoing

Head of Highways and Transport

Infrastructure Delivery Plan
Local transport plan

5.7.05

Implement the pedestrian and cycle improvements resulting from the Department for Transport Active Travel Fund award.

Dec 2021

Head of Highways and Transport 

Infrastructure Delivery Plan
Local transport plan

Communities

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Bracknell Forest delivers over 200 different services. To secure strong and safe communities we will continue to meet our key objectives.

6.1  Maintain the viability of our community-based shopping and employment areas.

Strategic priorities for 6.1.

Annual priorities

Description

Due date

Lead officer

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6.1.01

Undertake a health check and prepare an action plan of the defined retail centres within the borough.

Jun 2021

Regeneration and Economic Development Manager
Head of Property

Bracknell Forest Local Plan
Asset Management Plan

6.2 Support our network of community centres and libraries.

Strategic priorities for 6.2.

Annual priorities

Description

Due date

Lead officer

Related strategies

6.2.01

Support the community association’s that manage the council’s community centres, including helping them meet their general governance requirements, supporting network meetings, facilitating s106 projects and spend and renewal of community association leases.

Mar 2022

Assistant Director: CXO

6.2.04

Create a collaboration and community hub at Time Square with space available for community activities.

Sep 2021

Director Place Planning and Regeneration

Recovery and renewal strategy

6.3  Work with our local police to maintain good public order, reduce anti-social behaviour and combat drug related crime.

Strategic priorities for 6.3.

Annual priorities

Description

Due date

Lead officer

Related strategies

6.3.02

Work with the police to develop an improved understanding of the local profile of reported hate crime and take action with partners to address any concerning trends.

Mar 2022

Head of Community Safety
Assistant Director: CXO

‘All of Us’ Equality Scheme 

6.8  Identify the need for and facilitate the provision of affordable homes for rent and shared ownership and rent to meet that need.

Strategic priorities for 6.8.

Annual priorities

Description

Due date

Lead officer

Related strategies

6.8.01

Implement the council’s affordable housing planning policy for qualifying development to seek additional affordable housing within the borough.

Ongoing

Head of Planning

Housing Strategy Bracknell Forest Local Plan

6.10  Support the cultural diversity of our communities.

Strategic priorities for 6.10.

Annual priorities

Description

Due date

Lead officer

Related strategies

6.10.02

Work with Involve to organise a cultural event in 2021 that celebrates the diversity of the borough’s communities.

Mar 2022

Assistant Director: CXO

7.019

Support the maintenance of high levels of cohesion and the integration of our diverse communities including coordinating and leading on the work of the council’s Community Cohesion and Engagement Partnership.

Mar 2022

Assistant Director: CXO

‘All of Us’ Equality Scheme 

7.025

Make sure that the Bracknell Forest Prevent Action Plan complements the ‘All of Us’ Equality Scheme in its mission to promote connected, united communities.

Mar 2022

Assistant Director: CXO

Prevent strategy