ATTEMPTS to put together a neighbourhood plan for Binfield are moving forward – but organisers are calling for more residents to contribute.
Ideas already conceived about how the village can be developed include segregated cycleways, more mini parks, fields for social rather than competitive sports, and more leisure facilities.
Hilary Doyle, chairman of the community team putting the plan together said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for the whole community. We believe Binfield is already a wonderful place to live, work and play, and it could become even better in the future.
“This is what we are working to achieve, with the help of as many local people as possible.” The Neighbourhood Plan – which will be submitted to Bracknell Forest Council and then a Government planning inspector – can help shape housing policy and would offer protection against inappropriate development.
However, it will not be able to stop the planned homes at Amen Corner and Blue Mountain from being built, but will have the opportunity to be involved in making the best of the developments by influencing issues such as housing mix and neighbourhood facilities.
It will also be able to identify where the community would like to see additional new development in the longer term and green spaces it wants to protect in the future.
Mrs Doyle said: “Binfield already has a good community spirit, and that is what we want to harness and strengthen over the coming months, Residents, parents, kids and teens, senior citizens, local businesses large and small, shopkeepers, commuters, pubs, clubs and societies of all sorts, from all over the parish – we want them all to talk about this and get involved.
“We want to hear what their different visions of Binfield’s future are, so that our community team can be sure to include the hopes and expectations of the majority into a Neighbourhood Plan they will support.” The Neighbourhood Plan would cover Amen Corner, East Billingbear, Binfield centre, Blue Mountain, Farley Wood, Popeswood, Temple Park, Wicks Green and some rural areas within Binfield parish.
An open event to give more details will take place on Saturday, June 14, at Binfield Memorial Hall, 1pm and 5pm.