New Local Plan for West Berks

Published: 15 January 2021

Regulation 18 Consultation on the Emerging Draft of the West Berkshire Local Plan Review to 2037

West Berkshire District Council is reviewing its Local Plan to cover the period up to 2037. 

The Local Plan Review (LPR) will identify the development that is required to meet our local needs, set out our strategy for distributing development within the district, as well as outlining our policies for conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment. It will help people in West Berkshire achieve sustainable development.

We are still at an early stage in the plan-making process and have produced an emerging draft version of the LPR. In preparing this we have taken account of previous Regulation 18 consultations which considered the scope and content of the LPR. We think it is important to understand what our stakeholders think at this stage and so we are taking this opportunity to ask you what you think of our current proposals. We want to give you a chance to influence the LPR before we have to formally consult on the draft Plan next year.

We would welcome your feedback on the emerging draft LPR. Your comments should be submitted during the eight week consultation period which runs from Friday 11 December 2020 to 4.30pm on Friday 5 February 2021.

To support the preparation of the LPR, we have produced various evidence documents. These can be viewed at: https://info.westberks.gov.uk/evidencebase. Further evidence documents will be added as work on the plan progresses.

Inspection of the document and how to comment

The consultation document can be viewed at https://info.westberks.gov.uk/localplanreview2037 and in West Berkshire District Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury, RG14 5LD. The offices are open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:30am to 12:30pm and Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30am to 4:30pm. Please note that opening hours may be subject to change at short notice due to Covid-19 restrictions. Details of any updates can be found at: https://info.westberks.gov.uk/marketstreet.

Representations can be made in writing or by way of electronic communications:

Online: using the Council’s Local Plan Consultation Portal which can be accessed at: http://consult.westberks.gov.uk/kse. This is the easiest and most efficient way to both view the document and respond. You will need to register, but then any comments you make will be stored in your account for future reference. Registration is possible using a Facebook or Twitter account.

By Representation Form which is available to download at https://info.westberks.gov.uk/localplanreview2037.

All representations must be received by 4:30pm on Friday 5 February 2021:

• By email to planningpolicy@westberks.gov.uk; or
• By post to the Planning Policy Team, Development and Planning, West Berkshire District Council, Market Street, Newbury, RG14 5LD.

After this consultation ends, we will consider all responses we receive and prepare the draft version of the Local Plan Review which we hope to publish in Spring 2021.

If you have any queries relating to this consultation, please do not hesitate to contact the Planning Policy Team at planningpolicy@westberks.gov.uk or 01635 519 111.