Shinfield Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

Following an independent examination and referendum, Wokingham Borough Council’s Executive has brought the Shinfield Neighbourhood Plan into legal force and therefore the Neighbourhood Plan becomes part of the Council’s Development Plan and will be given full weight in the determination of all planning applications within Shinfield Parish.

A copy of the Shinfield Neighbourhood Plan and appendices can be found here:


Previous stages of the Shinfield Neighbourhood Plan Process

Shinfield Parish was designated as a Neighbourhood Area in 2012.

As part of the Regulation 16 publication, a consultation on the Draft Neighbourhood Plan took place between 4 April and 16 May 2016.  A summary of the representations received can be found here:

Please note: The table of representations is a summary, so comments will not be verbatim. All the original representation documents were submitted to the independent Examiner for review, pursuant to paragraph 9 of Schedule 4B to the 1990 Act.

The Examiner’s final report concluded that the plan should proceed to referendum subject to the recommended changes being made. You can read the report below:

A referendum relating to the Shinfield Neighbourhood plan was held on Thursday 8 December 2016. People living in Shinfield Parish who are registered to vote in local elections were entitled to vote in the referendum, which was conducted following similar procedures to those used at local government elections.

The question asked in the referendum was:

“Do you want Wokingham Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Shinfield Parish to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?””

A total of 87% of people who voted in the referendum voted Yes to this question and so Wokingham Borough Council took steps to adopt the Neighbourhood Plan in the Council’s Executive meeting on 26th January 2017.

Additional documents


More details

More details can be found on the Shinfield Neighbourhood Plan website.