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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. Referendum

Not started

6. Making of a 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 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.

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 will be submitted to the Examiner. To view the written representations please use the links provided 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

Following the close of the submission consultation (Regulation 16), an independent Examiner was appointed and the Crowthorne Neighbourhood Plan, along with other supporting documents and information, was submitted for independent examination (Regulation 17). The Council received the Examiner's Report on 24 March 2020.

The Examiner’s Report and Examination correspondence in respect of the Crowthorne Neighbourhood Plan can be found below:

Now the Examiner’s Report has been received, it will be considered by the Council in due course.

5. Referendum

The Examiner has recommended that the submitted neighbourhood plan should proceed to a referendum if the modifications put forward within the Examiner’s Report are implemented. The local community will be invited to vote on bringing into force the neighbourhood plan.

The Examiner has not recommended that the referendum area should be extended.

Updates on the referendum will be published in due course.

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.

More information

Further information on the Crowthorne Neighbourhood Plan can be found on the Crowthorne Parish Council website.

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