Reading Borough Council will launch the third and last part of a consultation into its Local Plan on Thursday, November 30. Once adopted, the Local Plan will be the main document that informs how planning applications are determined and covers a wide variety of strategic matters, policies and specific sites for development around the borough up to 2036.
It looks at how the authority will deal with the demands for development, including building more than 650 homes a year. It also sets out the need to work with Reading’s neighbours in Wokingham, West Berkshire and South Oxfordshire to try to meet the need as the borough itself doesn’t have the space. The draft of the plan has evolved after two previous consultations over the last two years, and more than 350 people have responded.
After the third consultation ends, the final plan will be submitted to the Secretary of State for communities and local government, and an independent inspector will examine it in the spring.
The consultation is set to last for eight weeks, ending on 26 January 2018, and can be found at www.reading.gov.uk/newlocalplan.
Original article courtesy of Getreading.