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Crowthorne Parish Neighbourhood Area

Progress of the Crowthorne Neighbourhood Plan

Table showing progress through stages of plan

Stage

Status

1. Designation of Neighbourhood Area

Complete

2. Pre-submission consultation

Complete

3. Submission consultation

Complete

4. Examination

Complete

5. Publication of decision statement

Complete

6. Referendum

Not started

7. Making of the Neighbourhood Plan

Not started

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

001

Transport for London

002

Sport England

003

Environment Agency

004

Surrey County Council

005

Bracknell Forest Council letter

006

South East Water

007

Historic England

008

Legal and General

009

Wellington College

010

CPRE

011

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

Due to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, running a poll would come with significant concerns about the wellbeing of all those involved at this stage. Legislation has been put in place that means it will be necessary to postpone any referendum until 6 May 2021. There is a possibility that the government could legislate to bring forward this date if medical and scientific advice leads to the relaxation of social distancing rules at an earlier date.

The referendum on the Crowthorne Neighbourhood Plan will be based on the designated Crowthorne Parish Neighbourhood Area.

The local community will be invited to vote on bringing the Neighbourhood Plan into force at that stage. 

7. Making of the Neighbourhood Plan

It is not possible to make the Crowthorne Neighbourhood Plan or bring it into force until the result of a referendum is known.  More than 50% of those taking part in the referendum must vote in favour of the Plan being made part of the Development Plan for the local area.

If a positive vote is secured, the Crowthorne Neighbourhood Plan will form part of the Development Plan for Bracknell Forest and will be 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.

More information

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

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