Reading Borough’s new Local Plan – chance to comment

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Government and Politics

Reading Borough Council is in the process of producing a new Local Plan to replace its existing development plan documents, and to plan for development in Reading up to 2036.  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.

We are seeking comments over the next six weeks during a period of public consultation. The full Draft Local Plan is on the council’s website at www.reading.gov.uk/newlocalplan and copies can also be viewed at the Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading, RG1 2LU (9 am – 5 pm on weekdays) and in libraries during normal opening hours. Supporting documents, such as a Draft Proposals Map, Sustainability Appraisal and Infrastructure Delivery Plan are also available on the council’s website and are available for your comments.

We welcome any comments that you have. Please provide written responses to the consultation by 5 pm on 14 June 2017. Responses should be sent to planningpolicy@reading.gov.uk or Planning Policy Team, Reading Borough Council, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, RG1 2LU.

There are two drop-in events with the opportunity to talk about the Local Plan with a planning officer in more detail. There is no need to let us know if you wish to attend beforehand. These will be held at the Civic Offices, Bridge Street, RG1 2LU in main reception on Monday 15 May from 2:00 to 7:00 pm and Tuesday 23 May from 1:00 to 6:00 pm.

The next stage is that we intend to publish a revised draft plan, taking your responses to this consultation into account, in the autumn of 2017, and will ask again for your views.

David Neale

David manages the Get Online Reading project for RVA, which runs drop-in sessions around the town where volunteers help people to get online and use computers. He is also the news editor and webmaster for the RVA website.