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Consultation on the Draft Ruscombe Neighbourhood Plan is running from 22 February until 19 April 2021. Further details can be found in the Ruscombe tab below. 

Consultation has recently been undertaken on the Draft Finchampstead Neighbourhood Plan, which ran until 19 March 2021. Further details can be found in the Finchampstead tab below. 

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.

Shinfield Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

Following an independent examination and referendum, Wokingham Borough Council’s Executive has brought the Shinfield Neighbourhood Plan into legal force and therefore the Neighbourhood Plan becomes part of the Council’s Development Plan and will be given full weight in the determination of all planning applications within Shinfield Parish.

A copy of the Shinfield Neighbourhood Plan, appendices and decision statement can be found below:

 

When social distancing restrictions allow, hard copies of the documents will be available to view at:

  • Wokingham Borough Council, Shute End, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 1WP (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday)
  • Shinfield Parish Council Office, Shinfield Parish Hall, School Green, Shinfield, Berkshire, RG2 9EH (9am to 12pm Monday to Friday)
  • Wokingham Library, Denmark Street, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 2BB (Monday 9.30am to 7pm, Tuesday 9.30am to 5pm, Wednesday 9.30am to 1pm, Thursday 9.30am to 8pm, Friday 9.30am to 4pm, Saturday 9.30am to 4pm)

Previous stages of the Shinfield Neighbourhood Plan Process

Shinfield Parish was designated as a Neighbourhood Area in 2012.

As part of the Regulation 16 publication, a consultation on the Draft Neighbourhood Plan took place between 4 April and 16 May 2016. A summary of the representations received can be found below

Please note: The table of representations is a summary, so comments will not be verbatim. All the original representation documents were submitted to the independent Examiner for review, pursuant to paragraph 9 of Schedule 4B to the 1990 Act.

The Examiner’s final report concluded that the plan should proceed to referendum subject to the recommended changes being made. You can read the report below

A referendum relating to the Shinfield Neighbourhood plan was held on Thursday 8 December 2016. People living in Shinfield Parish who are registered to vote in local elections were entitled to vote in the referendum, which was conducted following similar procedures to those used at local government elections.

The question asked in the referendum was

Do you want Wokingham Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Shinfield Parish to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?

A total of 87 percent of people who voted in the referendum voted Yes to this question and so Wokingham Borough Council took steps to adopt the Neighbourhood Plan in the Council’s Executive meeting on 26 January 2017.

Additional documents


More details

See also the Shinfield Parish Council website.

Arborfield and Barkham Draft Neighbourhood Plan Adoption

The Arborfield and Barkham Neighbourhood Plan was 'made' (adopted) at Special Executive Council on 22 April 2020. The plan now forms part of the statutory development plan for the area and will be used to help determine planning applications within the parishes.  

A copy of the adopted plan along with the decision statement can be found below:

 

When social distancing restrictions allow, hard copies of the plan and decision statement will be available for inspection from the Wokingham Borough Council Civic Offices, Shute End, Wokingham, RG40 1WP between 9am and 5pm (Monday to Friday).

Further documents supporting the plan can be found on the Arborfield and Barkham Neighbourhood Plan website.

Previous progress on the Arborfield and Barkham Neighbourhood Plan

Arborfield and Newland and Barkham Parishes were designated as a Neighbourhood Area on 31 July 2014, following the consultation period 17 April to 30 May 2014. The relevant documents can be viewed below:


The group submitted their proposed neighbourhood plan to Wokingham Borough Council in May 2019 and in line with legislation, a 6 week consultation (Regulation 16) was undertaken on the submission version of the plan between 8 July and 19 August 2019. The Regulation 16 documents can be viewed below:    


Following this consultation, the council appointed Liz Beth to undertake the examination of the plan. All comments received during the consultation period were sent to, and considered by, the Examiner whose role was to consider whether the plan met a set of prescribed 'basic conditions' and other legal requirements. Further information on the 'basic conditions' can be found in the National Planning Practice Guidance on the Gov.uk website. The Examiner concluded that, subject to a number of modifications, the plan met the basic conditions and should proceed to referendum.


The Council agreed to make the changes to the Plan and a referendum was held on 6 February 2020. The following question was asked:

'Do you want Wokingham Borough Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Arborfield and Newland and Barkham parishes to help it decide planning applications on the neighbourhood area?'

94 percent of voters on the day said 'Yes' to the question of the plan being used. The documents that were published in support of the referendum can be found below: 


More details

More details can be found on the Arborfield and Barkham Neighbourhood Plan website.

Ruscombe Draft Neighbourhood Plan Consultation 

Consultation on the draft Ruscombe Neighbourhood Plan is running from Monday 22 February until Monday 19 April 2021. This is the first formal consultation on the Plan in accordance with Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.

The Draft Plan, supporting documents, and more information on how to respond can be found at the Ruscombe Parish Council Website

Further information on subsequent steps of the Neighbourhood Plan making process can be found from the link at the top of this page. 

Ruscombe Parish Council Neighbourhood Area Designation

Ruscombe Parish was designated as a Neighbourhood Area on 25 January 2018, following the consultation period 11 December 2017 to 12 January 2018. 

Read the documents

The relevant documents are found below.

St Nicholas Hurst Parish Area Designation

St Nicholas Hurst Parish was designated as a Neighbourhood Area on 10 April 2018 following the decision by the Council’s Executive on 29 March 2018. 

Read the documents

The relevant documents can be found below.

Twyford Parish Area Designation

Twyford Parish was designated as a Neighbourhood Area on 6 August 2018 following the decision by the Council’s Executive on 26 July 2018. 

Read the documents 

The relevant documents can be found below:

Wokingham Without Parish Area Designation

Wokingham Without Parish was designated as a Neighbourhood Area on 6 August 2018 following the decision by the Council’s Executive on 26 July 2018. 

Read the documents 

The relevant documents can be found below:

Finchampstead Draft Neighbourhood Plan Consultation

Consultation on the draft Finchampstead Neighbourhood Plan ran from Monday 1 February until Friday 19 March 2021. This was the first formal consultation on the Plan in accordance with Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.

The Draft Plan, supporting documents, and more information can be found at the Finchampstead Parish Council Website.

Further information on subsequent steps of the Neighbourhood Plan making process can be found from the link at the top of this page.

Finchampstead Parish Area Designation

Finchampstead Parish was designated as a Neighbourhood Area on 12 March 2019. 

Read the documents 

The relevant documents can be found below:

Sonning Parish Area Designation

Sonning Parish was designated as a Neighbourhood Area on 24 October 2019. 

Read the documents 

The relevant documents can be found below:

Charvil Parish Area Designation

Charvil Parish was designated as a Neighbourhood Area on 23 September 2020.

Read the documents

The relevant documents can be found below:

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