West Berkshire Council

Housing Site Allocations Development Plan gets green light

West Berkshire's Housing Site Allocations Development Plan has been approved.

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Issued on: 11 April 2017


Mr David Hogger, the Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has found the West Berkshire Housing Site Allocations Development Plan Document (HSA DPD) to provide an appropriate basis for the planning of West Berkshire.

This means that the council can adopt the HSA DPD at its meeting on the 9 May 2017 as planned.

The council asked the Inspector to consider a number of modifications to change the originally submitted plan during the course of the examination in order to address some of his concerns.  These modifications were subject to public consultation and the Inspector has recommended their inclusion after considering the representations made on them from other parties. 

Councillor Hilary Cole, West Berkshire's Executive Member for Planning, Housing and Homelessness said: "This is excellent news. At a time when many authorities are failing the examination process, the West Berkshire plan has been approved.  This will mean that the council can include allocated sites in the HSA DPD as part of the five year land supply.

"In addition, the HSA DPD includes new policies to ensure only appropriate development takes place in the countryside and revised parking standards."

View the Inspectors Report.

A Non-Technical Summary is available on Page 3 of the Report.