The Arborfield and Barkham Neighbourhood Plan



A big thank you to all the residents of Arborfield and Barkham parishes who turned out on a chilly Thursday and voted emphatically in support of the Neighbourhood Plan.

Here is the referendum declaration result from the WBC Counting Officer at Shute End.


Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

New two page briefing document added on 27th January 2020 ‘What is the Neighbourhood Plan?’

Voting will take place at the usual polling stations at Arborfield Village Hall and Barkham Village Hall, between 7am and 10pm on Thursday 6th February 2020.

All registered voters in the two parishes will be able to vote.

The question on the voting paper is:

“Do you want Wokingham Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Arborfield & Barkham to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

You will be asked to vote “YES” or “NO” ... YOU DECIDE!

Questions about the Neighbourhood Plan

Members of the Steering Group will be available to answer questions about the Neighbourhood Plan at;

Henry Street Garden Centre, Swallowfield Road, Arborfield RG2 9JY

Between 11am and 2pm daily from Thursday 30th January to Wednesday 5th February 2020.


The Neighbourhood Plan addresses a number of local issues;

  • Helps preserve separation of settlements, the countryside appearance, its distinctive landscape and outstanding views
  • Current development exceeds local parish needs. Any new housing only supported within current development limits
  • Stresses importance of public open spaces, protecting valued natural and heritage assets such as The Coombes
  • Any new proposals need to minimise additional traffic on our already busy rural and residential roads
  • Encourages implementation of the Greenways network and viable public transport improvements
  • Supports local business appropriate to our rural location. Helps protect our best and most versatile agricultural land
  • Promotes sustainable solutions not just for the planning period, but for the generations to come


NP Steering Group


The Arborfield and Barkham Neighbourhood Plan

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