Residents have overwhelmingly backed a new plan that aims to protect some of the town’s green spaces. 

The Bracknell Town Neighbourhood Plan was voted in by more than 3,400 residents in a referendum on Thursday, September 9. 

A key policy in the plan is to protect eleven green spaces -- including South Hill Park, Lily Hill Park and Easthampstead Park -- from development. 

The endorsement of the neighbourhood plan means more funds from local planning permission collections will go towards developing infrastructure in the town. 

Cllr Chris Turrell, who has led a group of councillors working the plan, said: "On behalf of the plan steering group, I am very grateful to all the residents who took the trouble to read the information and vote for the Plan, bringing benefits to Bracknell, such as protection for green space, improvements to pedestrian and cycle links, protection of community facilities and support for environmental improvements."

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The plan's 36 policies also aim to protect heritage buildings and community facilities, support economic infrastructure and transport improvements.

Cllr Turrell added: "For the plan to have come through the process is an enormous tribute to the tenacity of the steering group members. 

“The role of local residents in the consultation events has been key to the content of the plan."

The BTNP will now go to Bracknell Forest Council's executive on 19 October, for approval bringing it into full legal force.

Full results: 

‘Yes’ 3475 votes (86 per cent)

‘No’ 582 votes (14 per cent).