Latest on Reading’s New Local Plan

Christchurch Conservation Area

The final chance to have your say on the Reading Borough Council (RBC) New Local Plan, which sets the foundations for planning in Reading until 2036, ends on Friday 26 January 2018. The plan will then go to the Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) with all the comments made on this version of the plan.

The RBC Strategic Environment, Transport and Planning Committee considered the previous draft of the plan on 22 November. You can review both tracked changes to the document and to the maps.

There is a glossy colour edition on the New Local Plan web page of the RBC website.

The plan now has more to say about Reading’s rivers and watercourses and protection of the Reading’s historic environment. There are two new sections in the plan; one is about noise generating equipment, to protect residents living close to commercial activities, and the other covers ‘build to rent schemes’ such as the Thames Quarter (planning permission 162166) on the former Cooper BMW site near the station.

The Kennet by Temple Place

This consultation on the ‘pre-submission draft’ follows a different procedure from those on previous draft versions. The guidance states:

Representations at this stage will be provided to the independent Inspector appointed to examine the plan as evidence, and will therefore need to be published on the Council’s website.

Personal details such as addresses and phone numbers will not be made public, but the inspector will be provided with contact details.

If you want to make a representation, you should include:

  • the part of the document to which your response relates (paragraph, policy or section),
  • whether you consider that the plan, or part of the plan, is legally compliant, sound and complies with the duty to co-operate, and why,
  • what modification you think is necessary to make the plan, or part of the plan, legally compliant or sound,
  • whether you wish to appear in person at the public examination,
  • whether you wish to be kept informed of the progress of the plan.

The RBC website includes a comments form, or you can contact them by email at or by post at:

Planning Policy,
Civic Offices,
Bridge Street,
Reading RG1 2LU

  1. New Local Plan
  2. Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport Committee 22 November 2017 – papers & webcast

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