RBC consultation on main modifications to the Local Plan

Primary interest
Reading Borough Council is now consulting on main modifications to the Local Plan until 24 July 2019.

The council’s Local Plan, which will set out the policies for planning decisions in Reading up to 2036, has recently been subject to public examination, held by an independent Planning Inspector.  The Inspector has identified a number of modifications necessary to make the plan sound. The council is now consulting on these proposed modifications.  Once modifications are made and the Local Plan is adopted, it 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.

How to take part in the consultation

We are seeking comments over the next six weeks during a period of public consultation. The full schedule of main modifications to the Plan and the Proposals Map, as well as a Sustainability Appraisal, is on the council’s website and copies can also be viewed at the Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading, RG1 2LU (between 9 am and 5 pm on weekdays) and in all council libraries (during normal opening hours). Guidance on how to make representations, which includes a representations form which can be used if you wish, is attached. Please note that, at this stage, comments are only being accepted on the proposed modifications, not the remainder of the plan.

We welcome any comments that you have.  Please provide written responses to the consultation by Wednesday 24 July 2019. Responses should be sent to: planningpolicy@reading.gov.uk or Planning Policy Team, Reading Borough Council, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, RG1 2LU.

What happens next

Following this consultation, the Inspector will produce a final report on soundness and legal compliance of the Local Plan, incorporating the main modifications. If the plan is found to be sound and legally compliant, it can be adopted as council policy. The Inspector has indicated that a final report could be expected in September 2019 which could lead to formal adoption at full council in October 2019.