Finchampstead Neighbourhood Development Plan
Finchampstead Future, a group of volunteer local residents, working in partnership with Finchampstead Parish Council, has produced a Neighbourhood Development Plan.
To have the FNDP approved as a formal input to Planning decisions we have to ensure that we consult with local people, organisations, businesses, landowners, etc. about our analysis and policy proposals, and that their views are considered and used to influence the plan as appropriate. Part of this process is evidencing that the plan accurately reflects the needs of the area and the views of local people.
The first formal public consultation on the draft plan, the Regulation 14 Statutory Consultation, took place in February to March 2021. A further ‘focused’ Regulation 14 Consultation took place in October to November 2021.
On 30 August 2022 the final draft of the Plan along with supporting documents was submitted to Wokingham Borough Council. In October to November 2022 WBC carried out a six week consultation (Regulation 16) on the submitted plan.
WBC appointed an independent examiner to consider whether the plan met the necessary requirements to proceed to referendum and potential adoption. The examination commenced in January 2023. Details of the examination process and related documents, including the steps involved in producing a neighbourhood plan, can be found on the WBC neighbourhood planning webpage.
Following the independent examination, the Finchampstead Neighbourhood Plan (FNDP) has been found to meet the basic conditions, subject to a number of modifications, and can now proceed to referendum.
Residents of Finchampstead parish will be able to vote on the FNDP on Thursday 7 September 2023.
A hard copy is available to view from the Finchampstead Library at The FBC Centre; Wokingham Borough Council Office’s, and Wokingham Library.
The Finchampstead Neighbourhood Development Plan documents can be found here.
If you have any queries please email us at [email protected]
A statement from Finchampstead Future regarding the development proposals at Rooks Nest Farm can be found 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