Joint Local Plan put forward for consultation

The next stage of the Chiltern and South Bucks Joint Local Plan is set to begin following approval of the plan by the District Councils.

The Local Plan was considered by all members of Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils at meetings of Full Council last week and was approved for publication and submission to the Secretary of State for independent examination.

A six-week public consultation will now commence on 7th June 2019.

Cllr Peter Martin, CDC Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development, said: "I am pleased that we are moving onto the next stage of the Local Plan; a stage which offers another opportunity for local residents to have their say.

"Residents and stakeholders are invited to comment on matters they consider are 'unsound' in relation to the plan and their feedback will be submitted to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

"The Secretary of State will appoint an independent Planning Inspector who will consider the Local Plan and the representations for soundness."

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.

"We consider this Local Plan to be sound, evidence-based and able to deliver in a sustainable way the necessary homes our communities need.

"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.

There will be an online consultation portal and a link to this will be circulated on the 7th June.

For more information about the plan, please visit the Local Plan pages.