West Berkshire Council

The Local Plan

Planning policies for development in West Berkshire

The Local Plan is part of the overall Development Plan for West Berkshire, setting out our local planning policies.

In preparing the Local Plan we consult with the local community and key stakeholders as set out in our pdf icon Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) [540kb]. We adopted our revised SCI on 9 January 2020.  You can read our pdf icon SCI Adoption Statement [79kb] and apdf icon summary of the representations we received on our draft SCI [61kb]. Our privacy notice explains more about how we use any data that you give to us.

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out the Government's planning policies and must be taken into consideration in the preparation of Local Plans. 

Applications for planning permission must be determined in accordance with the Development Plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

The Development Plan is currently made up of a number of different documents:

Neighbourhood Development Plans, when adopted, will also form part of the Development Plan.  

The timetable for the preparation of further Development Plan Documents (DPDs), which will be included in the Local Plan, is set out in the Local Development Scheme (LDS).

We are currently working on the following documents:

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