West Berkshire Council

Planning Policy News

Updates on recent Planning Policy news, consultations and events

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Burghfield Neighbourhood Area Designation

Written on: 28-2-2017

A Neighbourhood Area for Burghfield has been designated. This is the first formal stage in preparing a neighbourhood development plan. More information can be viewed at: www.westberks.gov.uk/burghfieldnp.

Stratfield Mortimer Neighbourhood Development Plan

Written on: 28-2-2017

West Berkshire District Council officers are proposing to recommend that the Stratfield Mortimer Neighbourhood Development Plan should progress to referendum. Views are being sought on this proposed recommendation between Friday 3 March and 5pm on Tuesday 18 April 2017. Further information is available at: www.westberks.gov.uk/smndp.



Compton Neighbourhood Area Designation

Written on: 12-1-2017

A Neighbourhood Area for Compton Parish has been designated. This is the first formal stage in preparing a neighbourhood plan. More information can be viewed here.

Call for Sites for the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA)

Call for sites for housing and economic development

Written on: 22-12-2016

We need to maintain an up to date picture of the amount of land that is available for new development, including land for housing and economic development. 

'We are now inviting landowners, developers and others to submit potential development sites for us to consider as part of our Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA). The HELAA will not make recommendations on which sites should be developed but will make a preliminary assessment of their suitability and potential. The information we gather from this process will help inform our new Local Plan which will allocate sites for housing and economic development to cover the period up to 2036.

If you would like to submit a site to us to consider for development, please download and complete the pdf icon Call for Sites form [215kb].  

Please note that sites that may have been previously submitted to us will now need to be submitted afresh with updated information.


Please read the guidance notes on the form and provide as much information as possible to ensure your site proposal can be carefully considered. A separate form will be needed for each site.

Please bear in mind that information on submitted sites will be publicly available and cannot be treated confidentially.

The period for submission of sites is 23 December 2016 to 31 March 2017. Although it will be possible for sites to continue to be submitted after this time, they may not be able to inform the next Local Plan.  They can however be considered again in future updates to the Local Plan or by parishes preparing Neighbourhood Development Plans.

HSA DPD Examination - Proposed Main Modifications

Written on: 7-12-2016

The Inspector published his preliminary findings on 17 October 2016.  The findings are without prejudice to his final report, but set out the main modifications he considers are required in order to make the DPD sound.

The Council is pdf icon formally consulting [27kb] on these pdf icon Proposed Main Modifications [11Mb] from Monday 12 December 2016 to Monday 30 January 2017.  At the same time the Council is also inviting representations on the accompanying pdf icon updated SA Report [11Mb] and pdf icon HRA Screening Report addendum [290kb] where they relate to the proposed main modifications. 

Further information on the consultation is available on the Housing Site Allocations DPD Examination webpage and you can comment through our Local Plan Consultation Portal.