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Background

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Officers are continuing to work on the Local Plan including preparing responses to the comments made during the previous consultation, any necessary amendments to policies and further evidence base work.

It is likely that there will be some delay to the published timetable for the Local Plan as it is not clear how quickly some of the evidence base work can be completed during the pandemic.

This will be kept under review and an updated timetable (Local Development Scheme) will be prepared as appropriate. It is unlikely that the Draft Submission Bracknell Forest Local Plan will be published for consultation until after the 31 August 2020.

The Draft Bracknell Forest Local Plan will set the long term spatial vision and development strategy for the borough up to 2036.

Once adopted, it will replace the saved policies in the Bracknell Forest Borough Local Plan (2002) and the Core Strategy (2008). It will therefore be wide ranging in terms of the issues that it will cover.

Timetable

The timetable for the Local Plan is:

  • further consultation on a revised growth strategy - 25 October 2019 to 6 December 2019
  • publication (6 weeks) - spring 2020
  • submission - summer 2020
  • examination - autumn 2020
  • report to council and adoption - early 2021

The revised timetable was approved in February 2019.

What the plan will include

The Plan will include a vision, objectives, and strategy for the level and distribution of development in the borough up to 2036. This includes housing, economic and retail development, new infrastructure and also policies relating to:

  • development within the green belt
  • development within the countryside
  • design, including residential extensions and shop fronts
  • environmental issues such as flood risk and water quality
  • heritage assets
  • the natural environment and biodiversity including landscape, green infrastructure and the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area
  • infrastructure needs including open space, sport and recreation and community facilities
  • town, district and local centres
  • development affecting employment sites
  • housing needs including those for:
  • Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople
  • affordable housing
  • healthy and inclusive communities
  • climate change including the delivery of renewable energy and sustainable construction

The Draft Bracknell Forest Local Plan will include site allocations for specific uses, including housing and employment uses, and will need to be based on a range of up-to-date evidence which is currently being prepared.

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