Decision details

Publication of the decision statement and the submission of the Crowthorne Neighbourhood Plan to a referendum

Decision Maker: Executive Member for Planning & Transport

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

To agree the publication of the decision statement and the submission of the Crowthorne Neighbourhood Plan to a referendum.

Decision:

That the Executive Member for Planning and Transport agrees the:

 

1       form, content and publication of the ‘Decision Statement’ (set out in Appendix A of the report to the Executive Member) pursuant to Regulation 18; and

 

2       submission of the modified Crowthorne Neighbourhood Plan to a local community referendum on the making of the Crowthorne Neighbourhood Plan pursuant to paragraph 14 of Schedule 4B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) (“the Act”) on 6th May 2021 unless future legislation allows for an earlier date; and,

 

3       referendum area be restricted to the neighbourhood area as designated by the Council on 15 June 2016 as the Crowthorne Parish Neighbourhood Area.

Reasons for the decision:

The Council has a statutory duty, as set out in paragraph 12 of Schedule 4B of the Act and Regulation 18 of the Regulations, to consider the recommendations made by the Examiner and if satisfied that the Neighbourhood Plan meets the basic conditions, to issue a ‘Decision Statement’. The Council is subsequently required to arrange and hold a referendum on the making of the Neighbourhood Plan in accordance with paragraph 14 of Schedule 4B of the Act.

Alternative options considered:

An alternative option is for the Council to refuse the proposed Neighbourhood Plan, if it is not satisfied. The ‘Decision Statement’ would need to be issued setting out the reasons for this decision (paragraph 12 of Schedule 4B of the Act and Regulation 18). Given that the independent Examiner of the Neighbourhood Plan has recommended modifications that ensure that the Plan meets the basic conditions, and that following consideration of the report the Council concurs with the Examiner’s conclusions, it would be in breach of the Council’s statutory responsibilities in respect of Neighbourhood Planning under paragraph 12 of Schedule 4B of the Act to refuse the Neighbourhood Plan. It would also expose the Council to legal challenge and attendant costs.

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:

None.

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Wards Affected: Crowthorne; Little Sandhurst and Wellington;

Financial Impact: Based on the size of the electorate in Crowthorne Parish, the estimated cost of the referendum would be £23,000.

Declarations: None

Subject to Urgent Proceedings: No

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

Other reasons / organisations consulted

No consultation for this decision. The report seeks authorisation to hold a local referdum on the Crowthorne Neighbourhood Plan.

Consultees

None

Contact: Andrew Hunter, Director: Place, Planning & Regeneration Email: andrew.hunter@bracknell-forest.gov.uk Tel: 01344 351907.

Publication date: 09/06/2020

Date of decision: 09/06/2020

Effective from: 17/06/2020

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