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Burghfield Neighbourhood Plan

Development of a Neighbourhood Plan for Burghfield

Strategic Environmental Assessment and Habitats Regulations Assessment

West Berkshire Council undertook a screening for Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA). You can read the Icon for pdf screening report [1MB]  and the Icon for pdf decision notice [277KB]  online.

SEA is required for all plans which may have a significant effect on the environment. A SEA aims to protect the environment at a high level, and ensures the environment is considered during the preparation of plans. This promotes sustainable development.

Not all neighbourhood plans will require a SEA to be carried out. To decide if a SEA is required, a screening exercise is used to look at proposals in an emerging neighbourhood plan, and see if a significant effect is likely.

A HRA is required to determine if a neighbourhood plan would have a significant impact upon the integrity of nature conservation sites of international importance, such as Ramsar Sites, Special Areas of Conservation, and Special Protection Areas. If a plan is likely to result in significant impacts, then an assessment referred to as an Appropriate Assessment must be undertaken.

Neighbourhood Area Designation

A Neighbourhood Area for Burghfield Parish was designated on 1 March 2017; you can Icon for pdf view the Designation Notice here [1MB] .

In order to prepare a neighbourhood plan, town or parish councils must notify West Berkshire Council of their intention to designate a neighbourhood area. This is the first formal stage in preparing a neighbourhood plan. You can read the Icon for pdf Burghfield Neighbourhood Area application form [1MB]  online. 

The Parish Council have set up a website containing more information about their forthcoming neighbourhood plan.

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