Local Plan submitted for examination

Car driving down road in a modern town street

The borough’s Local Plan was submitted to the government for examination by an independent inspector on Monday, 20 December.  This is another important stage in getting the plan adopted to provide an up-to-date planning policy framework for the borough.

The plan shows where around 3,700 homes (including affordable homes) are planned to be built by 2037. It will also show how the necessary infrastructure will be provided. The plan focuses development around Bracknell town centre and on land at Jealott’s Hill. This would be developed to create a sustainable new neighbourhood, including:

  • employment opportunities
  • new homes
  • supporting infrastructure
  • extensive areas of new publicly accessible open space

This follows the public consultation which took place from March to May in 2021.  The comments made during that consultation have been passed to the inspector examining the plan, together with a list of the key issues that arose.  We have submitted a set of proposed modifications to the plan’s policies and supporting text. This is in response to comments made, further evidence received and factual updates. 

The plan contains proposals for where new neighbourhoods, homes, businesses and facilities may be built over the next 16 years. It also contains updated development management policies, to help assess future planning applications.

Following submission of the plan, the appointed planning inspector will:

  • review the plan
  • issue a series of questions
  • set the dates of hearings

We will then publicise these once they are available.

Cllr Chris Turrell, Executive Member for Planning and Transport, said:

“This is a further milestone in establishing a long-term plan and vision for the borough.  Its policies will ensure that development is located and designed for the benefit of all who live and work in Bracknell Forest.

“It will form a key part of our response to the challenge of climate change and secure an uplift in the provision of much-needed affordable housing.  Having an up-to-date local plan will ensure that we can retain control over what development is permitted and avoid unplanned, piecemeal and unsustainable development.  We now look forward to presenting our case for the local plan at the examination next year”.

Find out more on our emerging local plan pages