Shaping Our Future - 30th September


Come to see what the future holds for Arborfield and Barkham!

A public event “Shaping Our Future” will take place 12.30 to 15.30 on Saturday 30th September at the Arborfield Green Community Centre, Rowcroft Road. Parking for the Community Centre can be found here

The Steering Group have listened to your survey and focus group responses and have drafted a vision for our communities.

There will be display boards outlining our proposals and you will have the opportunity to discuss these with members of the Steering Group.

Exhibition boards can also be viewed on the Neighbourhood Plan website

Vision and Objectives

A sustainable future for Arborfield and Barkham as a thriving and accessible community, managing development to be inclusive for all age groups and enhancing the identity and rural setting of the villages.

Protecting identity and rural setting of the villages
· Protect and enhance the countryside - new development should blend into the landscape, not dominate countryside views
· Retain separation of settlements to preserve their individual identities
· Enhance heritage and natural environment and extend conservation designations where possible
· Enhance the natural and historic setting of Arborfield Cross village centre and Barkham Street

Thriving community (includes community facilities and recreation)
· Provide full range of facilities - schools, leisure amenities, retail, medical
· Promote a strong rural economy

Accessibility (transport and greenways)
· Minimise congestion on residential roads
· Expand opportunities for sustainable transport

Managing development (housing, design and parking)
· Match housing to local needs – starter homes, key workers homes, lifetime homes and care of the elderly
· Require high quality design incorporating efficient use of resources

Now is the time for residents to give us feedback.

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