Local Plan, Sustainability Appraisal and Community Infrastructure Levy consultations now open

The public consultation on the Chiltern and South Bucks Joint Local Plan 2036 is now open.

The consultation is to assist the independent planning inspector, on behalf of the Secretary of State, in determining whether or not the Local Plan is sound.

The consultation is open for six weeks, from midday Friday 7 June until midnight 19 July 2019. 

In order to assist members of the public with submitting their representations, by showing them how to use the online portal, the Councils are holding two drop-in sessions.

The sessions are taking place at King George V House in Amersham, on Monday 17th June, 9am - 9pm, and at Capswood in Denham on Wednesday 19th June, 9am - 9pm.

Residents can comment on the Local Plan and its accompanying Sustainability Appraisal and also the draft Community Infrastructure Levy.

Cllr Peter Martin, CDC Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development, said: "This is an important stage in the plan which offers another opportunity for local residents to have their say. All representations will be submitted with the Local Plan to an independent planning inspector and the Secretary of State.

"In order to ensure all residents can use the consultation portal with ease, we are offering drop-in sessions where council officers will help residents with submitting their representations."

Cllr John Read, SBDC Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development, said:  "This is a Local Plan that positively provides for meeting our community's needs, improving quality of life and opportunities and will put in place necessary infrastructure to support our community whilst also protecting our valued environment and the special character of our towns and villages.

"Local residents, local groups, businesses, partner organisations, landowners and developers have all contributed to the preparation of the Plan, for which we are very grateful. I look forward to further feedback during the public consultation, to ensure this is the best Local Plan for our communities."

The Local Plan must provide for 15,260 new homes over the next 20 years.  The focus of the plan is on built up areas, on previously developed land, and on exporting nearly 6,000 of the required new homes to the Aylesbury Vale District.

The Chiltern and South Bucks Local plan 2036 meets the housing requirements through:

  • a third of homes either built since 2016 or from available brown field land
     
  • a third of homes from land which least meet the purposes of the Green Belt; and
     
  • a third of homes through the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan.

Green Belt releases would take place only where sustainable building can be achieved without unacceptably harming the purposes or integrity of the Green Belt.

The Councils have been working on the draft local plan since 2015 and there have been two public consultations to date; the initial (regulation 18) Consultation Incorporating Issues and Options took place at the start of 2016 and the Green Belt Preferred Options Consultation took place at the end of 2016.
 

For more information and to take part in the consultation go to: Local Plan