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Core Strategy Development Plan Document (DPD)

Our overall planning strategy and policies to 2026

Thepdf icon Core Strategy [6Mb] (adopted on 16 July 2012) forms part of the Local Plan for the district.

The Core Strategy is a development plan document which sets out our overall planning strategy to 2026. It explains our vision for the area, and how it will be delivered.  It also provides a framework for more detailed policies which will be contained in future development plan documents prepared as part of the Local Plan.

The Core Strategy is very important when we are determining planning applications. Applications have to be determined in accordance with the Core Strategy policies unless there are material considerations for not doing so.

Policies are shown on the pdf icon Core Strategy Policies Map [40Mb]  (orpdf icon Core Strategy Policies Map reduced file size [8Mb]) and the West Berkshire Online Map (hint: select 'LDF' in the legend of the online map)

Individual Core Strategy Policies

Spatial Strategy

We have divided the district into four main geographical areas which reflect the characteristics of the different parts of West Berkshire. Each area has its own policy which sets out how development will be delivered.

Core Policies

We apply these policies across the whole district.

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