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27th July 2023

Neighbourhood planning

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A referendum for the Twyford Neighbourhood Plan was held on 6 July 2023. 88 percent of those who voted, voted in support of the plan and the plan has therefore become part of the council’s development plan. Further information about the plan can be found of the relevant page linked above.

Additionally, the Finchampstead Neighbourhood Plan will progress to referendum on 7 September 2023. Further information can be found on the Finchampstead Neighbourhood Plan page. 

The process of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan

Neighbourhood plans are the result of a community working together with us to decide how their local area should develop and grow in the future. The Localism Act (2011) introduces neighbourhood planning. Neighbourhood plans must be in general conformity with the policies of the local plan for their area and they should plan positively to support it. As a first step, an application must be submitted to us to designate a Neighbourhood Area. See our Designated Neighbourhood Areas map (PDF document) 

When a draft neighbourhood plan has been produced it has to be submitted for formal examination in front of an Planning Inspector. If the plan is found to be 'sound' it will then be the subject of a local referendum, if the referendum agrees to the plan we will then adopt the neighbourhood plan as part of the development plan for the area.

More details 

More information on neighbourhood planning, including frequently asked questions, can be found on the Communities and Local Government Neighbourhood Planning website.

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