Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA) and a Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) Screening Determination
In some circumstances, neighbourhood plans may require environmental assessments in line with European obligations. These environmental assessments are a SEA and a HRA.
Crowthorne Parish Council provided information on the scope of their neighbourhood plan to Bracknell Forest Council to determine whether a SEA or HRA is required. This is known as ‘screening’.
Bracknell Forest Council’s screening decision was subject to a 5-week consultation with Historic England, Natural England and the Environment Agency. The screening determination concludes that the Crowthorne Neighbourhood Plan does not require an SEA and an Appropriate Assessment.
2. Pre-submission consultation
Crowthorne Parish Council undertook a pre-submission (Regulation 14) consultation on the draft Plan between 4 February and 20 March 2019.
3. Submission consultation
Crowthorne Parish Council as the ‘qualifying body’ has prepared a Neighbourhood Development Plan for its area with the help of the local community. The plan sets out objectives for the future and contains planning policies to guide the development and use of land in Crowthorne Parish.
Crowthorne Parish Council has submitted its proposed plan to Bracknell Forest Council. The council is satisfied that the submitted plan complies with the relevant legal requirements and can therefore proceed to formal consultation and examination by an independent Examiner. In line with the Regulations, the plan is now subject to a 6-week consultation period.
This will take place from 10am on Monday 23 September until 5pm on Monday 4 November 2019.
All the written comments received during the consultation period will be submitted to the examiner.
Copies of the proposed plan and supporting documents are available to view on the consultation portal.
View the plan and have your say
Hard copies are also available for inspection during normal opening hours at our Time Square office on Market Street.
You can also view the plan at:
There are a several ways to make your comments:
Please remember that the Examiner is only testing whether the Plan meets the ‘Basic Conditions’ and other relevant legal requirements set out in the Localism Act.
You can find more information on procedures to be followed while responding, a guide to basic conditions and a representation form below:
Following the close of the submission consultation (Regulation 16), the Crowthorne Neighbourhood Plan along with other supporting documents and information will be submitted for independent examination (Regulation 17). Once the report has been received and considered by the council, a ‘Post Examination Decision Statement’ will be published.
Updates on the examination will be published after the examiner’s report has been received.
The examiner will recommend if the submitted neighbourhood plan should proceed to a referendum. The local community will be invited to vote on bringing into force the neighbourhood plan.
In some cases it may be appropriate to extend the referendum area beyond the designated neighbourhood area. The appointed examiner would recommend if the referendum area should be extended.
Updates on the referendum will be published after the examination.
6. Making of the Neighbourhood Plan
If the majority of the local community vote in favour of the neighbourhood plan, it is likely to be brought into legal force. It would form part of the Development Plan for Bracknell Forest and used in determining planning applications in Crowthorne Parish.
Following the referendum, the council will publish a decision statement for the outcome of the neighbourhood plan.
Further information on the Crowthorne Neighbourhood Plan can be found on the Crowthorne Parish Council website.