Development plan for Reading

Thu 10 December 2015, 5:36 pm

Reading Borough Council is in the first stage of preparing its local plan, which will set out development objectives up until the year 2036.

National changes in planning policy mean every local authority needs to replace existing development plans with a single local plan. Following a period of public consultation, local plans will then become the main consideration in deciding planning applications in each area.

A public consultation over the plans will begin in the new year, after the council’s strategic environment, planning and transport committee, has considered an ‘issues and options’ report. This looks at how much development Reading should accommodate over the next 20 years, and how that should be managedThis looks at how much development Reading should accommodate over the next 20 years, and how that should be managed. The council is considering proposals from the public, landowners and other organisations.

Tony Page, Reading Borough Council's lead member for strategic environment, planning and transport, said: "With pressure increasing on what limited development space there is in Reading, the creation of a Local Plan to guide future planning decisions becomes ever more important.

"I must stress that the proposed development sites contained in the report have in no way been endorsed by the council. They are a starting point for public consultation which will help in deciding how and what development is acceptable, along with open space and amenity areas designated for continued or new protection." 

A sustainability appraisal for all potential developments will also take place, examining the environmental, social and economic effects of the options for different sites.

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