Arborfield and Barkham are working together to produce a Neighbourhood Plan.
The two parishes are facing great changes, with the Arborfield Green garden village being developed on the site of the former Arborfield Garrison and with the new Arborfield Cross Relief Road due to be constructed in the next few years.
With the Borough Council now in the process of developing the Local Plan Update, which will guide the future development of Wokingham Borough up to 2036, this is a very good time to be gathering our opinions and sharing them with the Borough Council.
The plan is being prepared by a Steering Group consisting of Councillors and residents drawn from both parishes. Work completed includes a Residents’ Survey in late 2016, a number of Focus Groups researching various topics including sustainability and greenways, analysis of housing needs and some public drop-in events including the “Shaping Our Future” event held in Autumn 2017. A further event was held in June 2018 to present a draft of the plan which launched the public consultation.
Neighbourhood Plan to be reviewed at WBC Executive Meeting 27 June 2019 (new)
The Arborfield and Barkham Neighbourhood Plan will be on the agenda for the WBC Executive meeting on Thursday 27 June 2019. Assuming it is approved by the Executive, a further consultation is anticipated to take place in July and August. Some further modifications to the plan are likely when the consultation is completed. An Examiner should be appointed concurrently with the consultation. It would then be possible to provide the Examiner with all documents a few weeks after the consultation ends.
A successful examination should then lead to a referendum in December. All residents on the electoral rolls in the two parishes will be eligible to vote. A simple majority in favour will then lead to the plan being adopted. Once it has been adopted, the Neighbourhood Plan must be taken into account in the determination of all planning applications in Arborfield and Barkham.Therefore it will become an important consideration in the planning process.
The latest Neighbourhood Plan documents can be accessed from the documents page of the website.
NP Steering Group
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