Bracknell Forest Council’s decision-making Executive has agreed to adopt the Warfield Neighbourhood plan - helping to provide the village with a set of up-to-date local planning policies.
A referendum was held on Thursday 17 November, where Warfield residents were asked if they supported the neighbourhood plan in helping to determine planning applications. The majority of people who voted agreed.
The Executive agreed to make (adopt) the Warfield Neighbourhood Plan at its meeting on Tuesday 13 December, It will now form part of the borough’s overall development plan and will be used in planning decisions affecting the Warfield area.
By having these plans in place, it allows the council and its planning committee to assess development proposals and make sure any new development meets these locally agreed planning policies.
Cllr Chris Turrell, executive member for planning and transport, said:
“Thank you to Warfield Parish Council for preparing this plan and to everyone in Warfield who voted in the referendum last month – the vast majority supported having a plan in place for the parish to help us determine planning applications in the future.
“It’s really important that we have these plans in place as they allow us to look at what development is appropriate for the parish overall, rather than doing it in an ad-hoc and uncoordinated way.
“By having an overall plan and approach, it makes sure we can approve appropriate development that is supported by the necessary infrastructure and can robustly refuse schemes that put the character of our parishes in jeopardy.”
The Warfield referendum was held on Thursday 17 November. Residents were asked:
‘Do you want Bracknell Forest Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Warfield Parish to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’
A total of 1,063 votes were cast. Of these:
- the number of votes in favour of a ‘yes’ was 882
- the number of votes in favour of a ‘no’ was 177
- 4 votes were rejected, deemed unmarked or void for uncertainty