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Bracknell Town Neighbourhood Area

Bracknell Town Neighbourhood Plan examination

The plan is currently being examined by an independent examiner. Following an initial assessment of the plan and accompanying documents, the examiner decided to hold a public hearing on Tuesday 14 May 2019 at Bracknell Town Council’s Offices, Brooke House, 54 High Street, Bracknell, RG12 1LL.

Following that hearing, the examiner issued ‘Interim Conclusions’ and gave the Town Council 3 options. The Town Council decided to follow option 1. This was to reconfigure the submitted documents.

Update - February 2020

In response to the Examiner’s ‘Interim Conclusions’ (June 2019), Bracknell Town Council submitted an amended Plan, and Schedule of Changes. The Examiner then issued ‘Further Comments’ (November 2019).  A focused consultation (for those who commented at the Regulation 16 stage, please see list of respondents below) was held  between Monday 18 November and Monday 16 December 2019.

In response to the focused consultation, the following comments were received, which have been sent to the Examiner:

Focused Consultation Responses

The Examiner has now issued ‘Mapping and Document Issues’ (February 2020).  This requires the Town Council to address some specific requirements before the Examiner can come to firm conclusions, and finalise and submit the final report and recommendations.

You can view the examiner’s ‘interim conclusions’, ‘further comments’, ‘mapping and document issues’ and other documents, together with correspondence from Bracknell Town Council and Bracknell Forest Borough Council, below.

Bracknell Town Neighbourhood Plan submission consultation

Bracknell Town Council, as the ‘qualifying body’, has prepared a Neighbourhood Development Plan (the Plan) for its area with the help of the local community.

The Plan sets out objectives for the future. It contains planning policies to guide the development and use of land in Bracknell Town.

The council held a 6-week public consultation on the proposed Plan in accordance with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended) between Monday 7 January and Monday 18 February 2019. The consultation has closed.

An independent examiner has been appointed to undertake the examination. All written comments received during the consultation period will be sent to the examiner.

Copies of the proposed Bracknell Town Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents are still available to view on the consultation portal.

Pre-submission consultation

Bracknell Town Council undertook a pre-submission (Regulation 14) consultation on the draft Plan between 9 June and 20 August 2018.

Designation of Bracknell Town Parish Neighbourhood Area

Bracknell Town Neighbourhood Area was designated by Bracknell Forest Council on 11 February 2014.

Bracknell Town 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:

SEA and HRA screening decision

Whilst sustainability appraisals are not required for neighbourhood planning, it is 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).

Bracknell Town Council provided information in 2018 on their draft Neighbourhood Plan to Bracknell Forest Council to determine whether these environmental assessments were required.

The screening opinion produced by the council was subject to a 5-week consultation with Historic England, Natural England and the Environment Agency.

The screening decision concluded that the Bracknell Town Neighbourhood Plan did not need to be subject to a SEA and did not require an Appropriate Assessment to be undertaken.

The screening decision can be downloaded below:

More information

Further information on the Bracknell Town Neighbourhood Plan can be found on the Bracknell Town Council website.

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