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
Following a review of the pre-submission consultation responses and the making of any necessary amendments, Crowthorne Parish Council as the ‘qualifying body’ will submit its Plan to Bracknell Forest Council for examination.
Bracknell Forest Council will then hold a 6-week public consultation on the proposed Plan in accordance with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended). All the written comments received during this consultation period will be submitted to the examiner.
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.