Decision details

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


Decision:

1          The form, content and publication of the ‘Decision Statement’ (set out in Appendix A of the Executive Director: Place, Planning and Regeneration’s report) pursuant to Regulation 18 be approved;

 

2          The submission of the modified Warfield Neighbourhood Plan to a local community referendum on the making of the Warfield Neighbourhood Plan pursuant to paragraph 14 of Schedule 4B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) (“the Act”) be approved; and,

 

3          The referendum area be restricted to the neighbourhood area as designated by the Council on 23 July 2014 as the Warfield 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: Binfield with Warfield; Warfield Harvest Ride; Winkfield & Cranbourne;

Financial Impact: Based on the size of the electorate in Warfield Parish, the estimated cost of the referendum would be £14,000 .

Declarations: None.

Subject to Urgent Proceedings: No.

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

Other reasons / organisations consulted

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

Consultees

None

Contact: Matt Lunn, Senior Planning Officer Email: matt.lunn@bracknell-forest.gov.uk Tel: 01344 351608.

Publication date: 30/08/2022

Date of decision: 27/08/2022

Effective from: 07/09/2022

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