The Local Plan
Planning policies for development in West Berkshire
The West Berkshire Local Plan is a long-term strategic document used by West Berkshire Council to set out its vision and a framework for the future development of the area. Each local authority is required to have one, and to review it every five years. You can read the current West Berkshire Local Plan - which covers up until 2026 - here.
Having a Local Plan ensures that we have the necessary housing, land and infrastructure in place to meet the changing needs of our population for future years. It helps us to meet the district's housing targets and to make sure that houses are built in the most appropriate places. It also helps to address other important issues including protection for the environment, conservation and supporting our towns and villages to thrive.
The Local Plan is prepared by West Berkshire Council in consultation with local communities. It's currently in the process of being reviewed to cover the period until 2039. Throughout this process we will be asking residents to have their say to help us shape how the district develops for current and future generations.
On the pages below you can find out more about the Local Plan and opportunities to be involved throughout the process. To receive regular updates about the Local Plan - including opportunities to have your say - you can sign up to our Local Plan newsletter.
If you cannot find the information you're looking for or you have a question or comment about the plan, you can email our Planning Policy Team on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01635 551111.