The Arborfield and Barkham Neighbourhood Plan


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 – the next steps (21st September)

The Arborfield and Barkham Neighbourhood Plan is still moving forward, if somewhat slowly. Since it was submitted to Wokingham Borough Council in April of this year, progress has no longer been in the hands of the Steering Group.

It is disappointing that the timetable for completion has been extended yet again, with the anticipated referendum not now likely until after Christmas.

The final consultation, carried out by Wokingham Borough Council, ended on 19 August. A summary of representations is shown here. The sequence of events looking ahead is as follows:

  •   An Examiner has been appointed. She will begin on the 9th September and is expecting to take five weeks
      to complete her work
  •   Once the Examiner has submitted her report, Wokingham Borough Council and the Steering Group will jointly
      edit the Neighbourhood Plan to include the recommendations
  •   The revised Neighbourhood Plan has to be approved by the full council, this could cause a further delay,
      depending upon when the final version of the Plan is completed and the schedule of Wokingham Borough
      Council meetings
  •   The referendum is now likely to be in January 2020

The full Neighbourhood Plan document can be viewed here. Along with the main text, there are a number of supporting documents and maps.


NP Steering Group

The Arborfield and Barkham Neighbourhood Plan

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