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About planning policy

Planning policy (also referred to as plan making or spatial policy) is used to guide decisions on planning applications. It is used to plan where and how future development should happen. There are 2 levels of planning policy - national and local.

The ‘National Planning Policy Framework’ (NPPF) was published in February 2019. It sets out the government’s national planning policies and how these are expected to be applied. The NPPF must be taken into account in the preparation of local and neighbourhood plans. It is also a material consideration in planning decisions. You can find out more about the NPPF on GOV.UK. It is supplemented by planning practice guidance on GOV.UK

Neighbourhood planning was introduced by the Localism Act 2011 and came into effect in April 2012 (Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended)). This gives local communities the opportunity to produce neighbourhood development plans (which become part of the development plan once ‘made’), neighbourhood development orders and/or community right to build orders.

Local Development Scheme

The Local Development Scheme is a 3-year work programme that sets out the planning policy documents the council will produce. The council's latest local development scheme came into effect on 17 February 2021.

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Statement of Community Involvement

Community involvement is an important part of the planning process. The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) sets out the council’s standards to be achieved in involving the local community in the preparation, alteration and continuing review of all planning policy documents and planning applications.

The vision for the SCI is 'to give all people the opportunity to be engaged in the local planning process which shapes the environment of Bracknell Forest Borough'.

The SCI was adopted by the council on 20 February 2014.

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Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, the council will be unable to fulfil some of the commitments set out in the adopted Statement of Community Involvement relating to how we consult on planning policy documents and a variety of application types. This is to protect the health of our communities and follow national advice and guidelines. 

These changes are set out in our temporary changes addendum

Guide to planning policy

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