Arborfield and Barkham are working together to produce a Neighbourhood Plan.
The two parishes are facing great changes, with the Arborfield Green garden village being developed on the site of the former Arborfield Garrison and with the new Arborfield Cross Relief Road due to be constructed in the next few years.
With the Borough Council now in the process of developing the Local Plan Update, which will guide the future development of Wokingham Borough up to 2036, this is a very good time to be gathering our opinions and sharing them with the Borough Council.
The plan is being prepared by a Steering Group consisting of Councillors and residents drawn from both parishes. Work completed includes a Residents’ Survey in late 2016, a number of Focus Groups researching various topics including sustainability and greenways, analysis of housing needs and some public drop-in events including the recent “Shaping Our Future” event held in Autumn 2017.
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The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group are now engrossed in writing the detailed policies and drafting the Plan document itself, using all the evidence gathered during the process so far, including the residents’ survey, focus group outputs, research papers, and the recent ‘Call for Views’ which produced some first rate submissions.
There are a number of plans already in place in areas that are quite similar to us, and where the same challenges of development pressure are being faced. We have been discussing those documents with the people who wrote them, and we are adapting elements of these ‘tried and tested’ plans to our particular needs where we can.
We have been keeping officers at Wokingham Borough Council abreast of our work as it has progressed, so that, when the draft plan emerges, there won’t be any surprises about what it contains.
The next key stage is to have the draft plan undergo a ‘health check’, probably using someone from the panel of planning inspectors working directly with us, so that we can be happy that it is ready to be released as a draft for consultation or, alternatively, to highlight any further work needed. We currently expect the consultation draft to be issued early in the summer.
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