Decision details

Temporary changes to the Statement of Community Involvement

Decision Maker: Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Temporary changes in respect of publicity for planning policy documents and planning applications during the COVID-19 crisis.


That the Temporary Changes Addendum be approved and

published alongside the Bracknell Forest Statement of Community

Involvement (2014).

Reasons for the decision:

National Planning Practice Guidance1 requires local planning authorities to assess

their SCIs to identify whether elements are inconsistent with public health guidelines

and restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Any temporary

amendments that are necessary should then be made. The Bracknell Forest SCI has

been reviewed and areas have been identified where it is considered necessary to

make temporary amendments to enable plan making and other activities to continue.

Alternative options considered:

The main alternative is not to publish the “Addendum” to the SCI but to rely on the

adopted SCI. However as set out in paragraph 3.1 above, the Council is unable to

meet its full consultation and engagement commitments during the COVID-19

pandemic. This could potentially result in failure of the Central and Eastern Berkshire

Joint Minerals and Waste Local Plan and the Bracknell Forest Local Plan to meet the

legal compliance test on Examination and expose the Council to the risk of legal

challenges. It is considered that approval and publication of the “Addendum” is the

most appropriate option.

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:


Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Financial Impact: There are no financial implications

Declarations: None

Subject to Urgent Proceedings: No

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

Other reasons / organisations consulted

The “Addendum” will not be subject to consultation as it involves temporary measures that reflect revisions to national planning practice guidance, public health guidelines and current and emerging legislation.



Contact: Max Baker, Assistant Director: Planning Email: Tel: 01344 351902.

Report author: Max Baker

Publication date: 25/08/2020

Date of decision: 25/08/2020

Decided at meeting: 25/08/2020 - Executive

Effective from: 03/09/2020

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