Decision details

Consultation response on the submission version of the Bracknell Town Neighbourhood Plan and submission of the Plan for Examination

Decision Maker: Executive Member for Council Strategy and Community Cohesion

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To agree (1) the response to the consultation on the submission of the Bracknell Town Neighbourhood Plan (Regulation 16 submission consultation), and (2) to submit the Plan for an independent Examination. (This follows the decision of the Executive on 18th December 2018, which agreed to delegate these decisions to the Leader).


That the Executive Member for Council Strategy and Community Cohesion:


      i.        Agrees the Council’s response to the Submission version of the Bracknell Town Neighbourhood Plan (Regulation 16) as set out in Appendix A of the Director: Place, Planning and Regeneration’s report.


     ii.        Agrees to submit the Plan for Examination (Regulation 17)

Reasons for the decision:

The reason for this recommendation is that the Council, as a consultee, can make a response to the Submission consultation (Regulation 16), and is also required to exercise its statutory duty in relation to the Examination.  Regulation 17 of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations requires a local planning authority, as soon as possible after the appointment of a person to carry out an examination, to send the following:

·         the plan proposal,

·         the documents (such as the Consultation Statement) and any other documents submitted to the local planning authority by the qualifying body in relation to the plan proposal (as set out in the Regulations), and

·         a copy of any representations which have been made in accordance with Regulation 16 (i.e. any comments which are made in response to the current consultation).

Alternative options considered:

The alternative option is for the Council not to respond to the Submission consultation.  This is not recommended, as it is the final opportunity for the Council to comment on the Plan.  It would also be in breach of the Council’s statutory responsibilities in respect of Neighbourhood Planning under Regulation 17 of the Regulations, which could expose the Council to legal challenge and attendant costs.


Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:


Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Wards Affected: Bullbrook; Crown Wood; Great Hollands North; Great Hollands South; Hanworth; Harmans Water; Old Bracknell; Priestwood and Garth; Wildridings & Central;

Financial Impact: Central Government grant. Within commitment budget for 2019/2010.

Declarations: None

Subject to Urgent Proceedings: No

Making Representations: In writing to the Director of Place, Planning and Regeneration

Other reasons / organisations consulted

This is a public consultation on the submission version of the Bracknell Town Neighbourhood Plan (statutory Regulation 16 consultation).


Bracknell Forest Council can provide comments on this consultation (which will take place between 7 January and 18 February 2019), which will be sent to the independent Examiner. In producing the response, relevant affected service areas will be consulted for comments.

Contact: Max Baker, Head of Planning Email: Tel: 01344 351902.

Publication date: 07/02/2019

Date of decision: 07/02/2019

Effective from: 15/02/2019

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