Binfield Parish Neighbourhood Area
Making of a Neighbourhood Development Plan pursuant to Section 38A of the Planning and Compulsory purchase Act 2004 (as amended)
On 20 April 2016 Bracknell Forest Council brought the Binfield Neighbourhood Plan into legal force. It now forms part of the Development Plan for Bracknell Forest and is used in determining planning applications in Binfield Parish.
Results of referendum
A referendum on the Binfield Neighbourhood Plan was held on Thursday 3 March 2016. The referendum area was the same as the designated Binfield Parish Neighbourhood Area. The result of the vote was in favour of the Plan, with the majority of those voting casting ballots in favour of a ‘yes’. The turnout was 15.51%.
The full results can be viewed in the Declaration of result of poll.
The Binfield Neighbourhood Plan has passed the referendum and will now be brought into legal force (‘made’) to become part of the development plan. As required by Section 4(3)(a) of the Neighbourhood Planning (Referendum) Regulations 2012 (as amended), an Information Statement was published in the lead up to the referendum.
Examination of the Plan
Following the close of the submission consultation (Regulation 16), the Binfield Neighbourhood Plan along with other supporting documents and information was submitted for independent examination. The council received the Examiner's report on 3 December 2015.
The council has considered the Examiner’s report and published the ‘Post Examination Decision Statement’. This document concludes the council is satisfied, subject to modifications set out in Table 1 of the ‘Post Examination Decision Statement’, that the Binfield Neighbourhood Plan meets the basic conditions and legislation, and can be submitted to a referendum.
This document is available to view below along with the ‘Binfield Neighbourhood Plan (incorporating modifications)’ and a ‘Summary of representations submitted to the Independent Examiner’.
SEA and HRA Screening Decision
A sustainability appraisal is not required for neighbourhood planning, although it may be possible that environmental assessments in line with European obligations may be triggered. These environmental assessments are a ‘Strategic Environment Assessment’ (SEA) and a ‘Habitats Regulation Assessment’ (HRA).
Binfield Parish Council provided information on their draft Neighbourhood Plan to Bracknell Forest Council to determine whether an environmental assessment was required.
The screening opinion the council produced was subject to a 5-week consultation with Historic England, Natural England and the Environment Agency.
The screening decision concludes that the Binfield Neighbourhood Plan does not need to be subject to a SEA, and does not require an Appropriate Assessment to be undertaken. The screening decision can be downloaded below.
Designation of Binfield Parish Neighbourhood Area
Binfield Parish Neighbourhood Area was designated by Bracknell Forest Council on 11 February 2014.
Binfield Parish Council applied for designation of the neighbourhood plan area in October 2013. A 6-week consultation on the proposal was carried out during November/December 2013.
The relevant documents are: