BTNP Referendum Results – Bracknell says a decisive “Yes” to Neighbourhood Plan
10th September 2021 Posted in Community News
Yes 3475. 86%
No 582. 14%
The plan is approved.
Bracknell has said a decisive “Yes” to its neighbourhood plan, the result being announced on 10 September.
As a result of this, the following areas as shown on the policies maps are designated as Local Green Spaces, giving them protection from development equivalent to green belt:
- South Hill Park
- Lily Hill Park
- Easthampstead Park
- Great Hollands Recreation Ground
- Jurassic Park (Great Hollands Playing Fields)
- Mill Park and Wildridings Playing Fields
- Harmans Water Playing Fields and The Parks
- Calfridus Way Playing Fields
- Braybrooke Recreation Ground
- Queensway and Brook Green
- The Elms Park
Additionally, as an area with a Neighbourhood plan, a greater proportion of funds for infrastructure (Community Infrastructure Levy) will be available to Bracknell, – 25 per cent as opposed to 15 per cent. These funds arise from local planning permissions.
Cllr Chris Turrell, chair of the neighbourhood plan steering group, which has overseen the plan, said: ” On behalf of the plan steering group, I am very grateful to all the residents who took the trouble to read the information and vote for the Plan, bringing benefits to Bracknell, such as protection for green space, improvements to pedestrian and cycle links, protection of community facilities and support for environmental improvements.”
Particularly during Covid, Bracknell has benefited from its planned layout with plenty of accessible green spaces. A key aim of the Bracknell Town Neighbourhood Plan (BTNP) is to protect these, and to play a part in ensuring that new development in Bracknell is in character and of good quality. The plan’s 36 policies also protect heritage buildings and community facilities, support economic infrastructure and transport improvements.
Cllr Turrell said: “For the plan to have come through the process is an enormous tribute to the tenacity of the steering group members. The role of local residents in the consultation events has been key to the content of the plan.”
The BTNP will now go to Bracknell Forest Council’s executive on 19 October, to be “made”, bringing it into full legal force, and the final version, to be used by planners in decision-making, will be published.