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Crowthorne Parish Neighbourhood Area

Progress of the Crowthorne Neighbourhood Plan

Table showing progress through stages of plan



1. Designation of Neighbourhood Area


2. Pre-submission consultation


3. Submission consultation


4. Examination


5. Publication of decision statement


6. Referendum


7. Making of the Neighbourhood Plan

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1. Designation of Crowthorne Parish Neighbourhood Area

Crowthorne Parish Neighbourhood Area was designated by Bracknell Forest Council on 15 June 2016.

Crowthorne Parish Council applied for the designation of a Neighbourhood Area in April 2016. A 4-week consultation on the proposal was held until 18 May 2016.

The relevant documents are:

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 concluded that the Crowthorne Neighbourhood Plan did not require an SEA or 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

The Parish Council submitted its proposed plan to Bracknell Forest Council on 22 July 2019. The council was satisfied that the submitted plan complied with the relevant legal requirements and therefore proceeded with the formal consultation. In line with the Regulations, the plan was subject to a 6-week consultation period between 10am on Monday 23 September and 5pm on Monday 4 November 2019.

The proposed Crowthorne Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents can be accessed through the links below:

All written representations received during the consultation period were submitted to the Examiner.

To view the written representations please use the links in the table below.

Submission consultation responses

Table showing submission consultation responses

Representation number

Representation name and link


Transport for London


Sport England


Environment Agency


Surrey County Council


Bracknell Forest Council letter


South East Water


Historic England


Legal and General


Wellington College




National Grid

4. Examination

The Crowthorne Neighbourhood Plan, along with other supporting documents and information, was examined by an independent Examiner who submitted his report to the council on 24 March 2020.

The report concluded that, subject to making certain modifications, the Neighbourhood Plan met the ‘Basic Conditions’ set out in the legislation and that it should proceed to referendum.

The Examiner also recommended that the referendum area be based on the designated Neighbourhood Area.

The Examiner’s Report and Examination correspondence can be found below.

5. Decision statement

Having considered the recommendations made in the Examiner’s report and the reasons for them, the council, with the consent of Crowthorne Parish Council, has decided to accept the modifications and send the Crowthorne Neighbourhood Plan to referendum based on the designated Crowthorne Parish Neighbourhood Area.

More details are provided in the Decision Statement below.

Updated government guidance (Planning Practice Guidance) makes it clear that where a local planning authority has issued a ‘Decision Statement’ detailing its intention to send a neighbourhood plan to referendum, the policies can be given significant weight in decision-making, so far as they are material to an application.

The policies must be used in the determination of planning applications relating to land in Crowthorne Parish.

6. Referendum

At the Crowthorne Neighbourhood Plan Referendum held on Thursday 6 May 2021, more than half of the local community of Crowthorne Parish that voted were in favour of the council using the Crowthorne Neighbourhood Plan to help decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area.

The referendum on the Crowthorne Neighbourhood Plan was based on the designated Crowthorne Parish Neighbourhood Area. The full results can be viewed in the declaration of result of poll.

In line with the Section 38(3A) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended), the Crowthorne Neighbourhood Plan came into legal force as part of the Development Plan for Crowthorne Parish with immediate effect after approval at referendum.

Decisions relating to proposals in Crowthorne Parish will therefore be made in line with the Crowthorne Neighbourhood Plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

7. Making of the Neighbourhood Plan

The council will decide whether to formally 'make' the Neighbourhood Plan (keep it in legal force) on 1 June 2021 pursuant to Section 38A(4) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended).

This decision will be subject to a 5 clear working day call-in period, and will come into effect on 9 June 2021.

A decision statement will be published for the outcome of the Neighbourhood Plan.

More information

You can find more information on the Crowthorne Parish Council website.

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