West Berkshire Council

Local Plan Review Evidence, Information and Monitoring

The evidence base and monitoring supporting the Local Plan Review

Local Plans must be supported by a robust evidence base. A number of studies and assessments have been undertaken, and information has been collected to inform, support and monitor the West Berkshire Local Plan Review to 2037 (LPR). 

Below, we have set out the latest up-to-date evidence and supporting material that underpin the LPR, each listed under the relevant category (however, the list is not exhaustive and will continue to evolve as new studies are published):



Employment Land Review

An assessment of future demand for employment floor space, as well as existing and committed future supply. The study also identifies floorspace/land requirements to address unmet need.

Functional Economic Market Area (FEMA) and Economic Development Needs Assessment (EDNA)

Information on Berkshire's economy and the identification of how much land is required for employment growth.

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Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA)

Determines the variation in flood risk across the district. The Level 1 assessment looks at the district as a whole; the Level 2 assessment looks at specific sites or areas.

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Historic environment

Information on the managing the historic environment.

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Affordable Housing Viability Assessment

Tests the potential viability of requiring market-lead residential development to provide affordable housing, whilst taking into account the local housing market, current delivery and the cumulative impact of the Local Plan policies.

Five Year Housing Land Supply

We are required to identify enough deliverable sites to meet our housing requirement for the next five years. The next update will be published in early 2021.

Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Assessment (GTAA)

Provides the overall pitch/plot requirements for Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople across the district.

Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA)

Assessment of housing needs into the local and wider housing market area.

Updated Housing Needs Evidence

An assessment of affordable housing need and older persons' accommodation within West Berkshire.

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Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP)

Sets out details of the infrastructure needed to support delivery of the LPR.

Water Cycle Study Phase 1 - Scoping Study

Assesses the relationship between development and the water environment around West Berkshire. The Phase 1 Scoping Study assesses the potential issues relating to future development across West Berkshire and the impacts on water supply, wastewater collection and treatment and water quality.

Water Cycle Study Phase 2 - Outline Study

Assesses the relationship between development and the water environment around West Berkshire. The Phase 2 Study builds on the Phase 1 Scoping Study by updating assessments to take account of revised growth assessments. It also includes water quality modelling and an environmental impact assessment to address the gaps in evidence identified in the Phase 1.

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Landscape Character Assessments

Landscape character and its sensitivity to future development.

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Natural environment

Nature Conservation

Information on ecology, biodiversity and nature conservation.

South East England Biodiversity Opportunity Areas (BOA) 2009

Identifies the BOAs outlined within the Core Strategy (Policy CS17) and draft emerging LPR (Policy SP11).

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Retail and town centres

Western Berkshire Retail and Commercial Assessment 2016

Sets out the need for retail and commercial leisure uses in the study area.

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Settlement hierarchy

Review of the West Berkshire Settlement Hierarchy

Re-assessment of the existing settlement hierarchy. The settlement hierarchy guides the broad location of new and sustainable development. 

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Site selection

Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA)

Identifying potential land for housing and economic development in West Berkshire. First published in February 2020, the HELAA was updated in December 2020 to take account of factual inaccuracies and include the assessment of newly promoted sites.

Site Selection Background Paper for the Emerging Draft LPR

Sets outs the process that was used to identify new allocations in the LPR.

Thatcham Strategic Growth Study

A three-stage process that assesses planning for the future of the settlement.

West Berkshire Density Pattern Book Study

Guidance tool used for assessing the capacity of sites promoted for the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment.

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Sport and recreation

Playing Pitch Strategy

An up-to-date analysis of supply and demand for playing pitches.

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Sustainability Appraisal (SA) and Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA)

Interim SA/SEA

Assessment of the economic, environmental and social effects of the emerging draft LPR.

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Transport Assessments

Assess the impact of development upon the districts highway network.

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Authority Monitoring Reports (AMR)

Monitors progress of the Local Plan policies and documents.


Grazeley Masterplanning

Information report on potential growth scenarios at Grazeley.

Thatcham Town Centre Design Appraisal (2009)

Gives guidance for the future of Thatcham Town Centre.

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