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Finchampstead Neighbourhood Development Plan

Finchampstead Future, a group of volunteer local residents, working in partnership with Finchampstead Parish Council, is producing a Neighbourhood Development Plan.  The first formal public consultation on the draft plan, the Regulation 14 Statutory Consultation, closed on 19 March 2021.

You can find an update on the current position in the letter here

All responses received during the consultation period will be recorded and evaluated. Where it is judged that the Plan needs to be amended, changes will be made, and a modified draft of the Plan produced. Finchampstead Future will publish a report about how they have dealt with and responded to consultation feedback on their website.

The updated version of the Plan will be submitted to Wokingham Borough Council as we move to the next stage of the process.  WBC will check that proper process has been followed, consultation undertaken and for compliance with national frameworks. They will appoint an ‘Independent Examiner’ and arrange a second six-week statutory consultation on the revised Plan ‘before examination’. After that the Plan will be considered by the Independent Examiner and his or her approval will be needed before the Plan can be put to a vote of local people in a referendum, which we are hoping can take place towards the end of the year.

You can view the draft Finchampstead Neighbourhood Development Plan here

A summary version of the draft Plan can be found here.

Please note that the consultation has closed and further comments cannot be taken in to account at this stage. 

If you have any queries please email us at


You can read the Finch Future January 2021 newsletter here

What is a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP)?

It is the most powerful tool a community has ever had for influencing local development!

  • It is the best way to safeguard our neighbourhoods from speculative, ill-conceived development.
  • It is a plan for our area drawn up by local people, representing their views and needs.
  • It will provide community derived planning policies for our parish, which will be used when planning applications are considered.

It will cover important issues such as housing, green spaces, social/economic needs and priorities, leisure and transport. When completed the plan will be submitted for approval and it will be up to local people to say yes or no to it through a Parish referendum.

Our vision is to embrace the need for change and to meet the expanding need of a growing population whilst protecting those important things that have attracted generations of people to choose Finchampstead as a place to live and bring up their families

Minutes of the Finchampstead Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group can be found via the link below:

Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group Meeting Minutes

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