About the Local Plan Update (LPU)
Work is underway on an updated local plan which will shape the future of Wokingham Borough.
This updated local plan will guide where and how growth will take place in the borough in the years up to 2036. We know we have to plan for more housing, which is always a complex and controversial subject. We also need to plan for new employment, schools, roads, parks, shops and community facilities necessary to create places people want to live, work and do business.
One of the key reasons for needing a new Local Plan is the changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the supporting guidance. This includes a standard approach for calculating the number of homes each local authority must plan for.
What’s the timetable?
The timetable for the Local Plan Update has been reviewed and agreed by the council's Executive on 15 January 2020. It is expected that the LPU will be completed (‘adopted’) in Winter 2021. Our Local Development Scheme shows more information on the timetable.
We will be undertaking a number of formal consultations throughout the Local Plan Update. For information on when these will be, see our Local Development Scheme.
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We conducted a consultation on a Draft Plan between 3 February and 3 April 2020. Further details of what this involved can be found in the 'Draft Plan Consultation' tab below. All the supporting documents to that consultation, including site assessment work, flooding evidence, transport evidence, and more, can be found on the Draft Local Plan consultation page.
The responses received are currently being assessed and will inform the next stage of plan preparation. A high level summary report of the initial outcomes of the Draft Plan Consultation can be found under the tab below.
The Draft Plan consultation proposed a garden town at Grazeley. Since then there have been changes to the emergency planning requirements around AWE Burghfield close to the Grazeley area. As a result, masterplanning work has been commissioned. See the Masterplanning tab below for more details.