SEA and HRA screening decision
In some circumstances neighbourhood plans may require environmental assessments in line with European obligations. These environmental assessments are a Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA) and a Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA).
Warfield 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’.
The council's SEA screening decision concludes that the Warfield Neighbourhood Plan requires an SEA.
Following consultation with Natural England, the council concluded that the Warfield Neighbourhood Plan does not require an Appropriate Assessment.
The screening decisions can be downloaded below:
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2. Pre-submission consultation
Warfield Parish Council undertook a pre-submission (Regulation 14) consultation on the draft Warfield Neighbourhood Plan between 18 July 2017 and 8 September 2017.
3. Submission consultation
Warfield Parish Council as the ‘qualifying body’ has prepared a neighbourhood development plan (the Plan) for its parish with the help of the local community. The Plan sets out objectives for the future of the parish and contains planning policies to guide the development and use of land in the Warfield Neighbourhood Area. The Parish Council submitted its Plan to Bracknell Forest Council on 24 January 2019.
The council is holding a 6-week public consultation on the proposed Plan in accordance with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended). This will take place between 10am on Tuesday 5 March until 5pm on Tuesday 16 April 2019.
All the written comments received during the consultation period will be submitted to the examiner.
Copies of the proposed Warfield Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents are available to view on the consultation portal
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:
Following the close of the submission consultation (Regulation 16), the Warfield 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 Warfield Parish.
Following the referendum, the council will publish a decision statement for the outcome of the neighbourhood plan.