Local Plan progress
In line with government advice, we are continuing to progress our Local Plan.
After a number of years of preparation the council is preparing to submit its final version of the Local Plan to the Secretary of State for examination by an independent inspector. The main issues arising from comments received following the last consultation that took place during March, April and May 2021 are currently being summarised. These will be sent together with redacted versions of the representations, alongside the Local Plan and supporting documents. The appointed inspector will look at legal compliance and the soundness of the Local Plan (whether it has been positively prepared, is justified, effective and consistent with national policy).
View the Pre-Submission Bracknell Forest Local Plan and supporting documents on our consultation portal.
What the plan includes
The Bracknell Forest Local Plan provides the strategy for the growth of the borough up to 2037.
Once adopted, it will replace the saved policies in the Bracknell Forest Borough Local Plan (2002) and the Core Strategy (2008). It will therefore be wide ranging in terms of the issues that it will cover.
The Plan includes a vision, objectives and strategy for the level and distribution of development in the borough up to 2037. It is divided into 2 parts.
The first part deals with strategic matters and contains policies that set out the overall strategy for the pattern, scale and quality of development together with provision to meet specified needs.
The second part covers non-strategic matters which are essentially development management policies. These set out the criteria against which all planning applications will be considered.
The issues covered are summarised below.
- vision and objectives
- spatial strategy
- sustainability principles
- housing and economic need and supply including site allocations
- climate change and the built and natural environment
- economic development
- local infrastructure and community uses
- development affecting the countryside and Green Belt
- character and design
- historic environment
- natural environment
- climate change and environmental sustainability
A policies map has also been produced
The timetable for the Local Plan is:
- pre-submission consultation – March to May 2021
- submission - early summer 2021
- examination – 2021 to 2022
- report to council and adoption - spring 2022