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Denham Parish Neighbourhood Plan

On 12 September 2017, South Bucks District Council approved Denham Parish Council's application to declare the whole of the Denham Parish Council area as a Neighbourhood Area. This followed the Parish Councils application on the 10 August 2017 to declare the entire Parish Area as a Neighbourhood Area. This is in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations (Regulation 5A) which came into effect on 1 October 2016 requiring Local Planning Authorities to declare Neighbourhood Areas when a Parish Council applies to have their entire Parish declared as a Neighbourhood Area. This regulation also removes the requirement to consult on the Neighbourhood Area Application in these instances.

The Decision Report, Parish Map, and Area Application are available at the bottom of this page.

The parish council completed a period of local community engagement on their Neighbourhood Plan in June/July 2020 and submitted the final version to us. 

Regulation 16 publication

Following submission by the parish we then undertook, as the local authority, an eight-week public consultation on the submitted plan. The consultation opened 7 Dec 2020 and closed 31 Jan 2021. This was an opportunity for local people to comment on the neighbourhood Plan before it went to independent examination. 

The Denham Neighbourhood Plan includes policies that look to shape local development. It has a design focus and seeks to protect local heritage assets, the Colne Valley Park and local water features. It also designates some areas of local green space. The plan seeks to protect existing community uses and pubs and to retain employment uses within the area, whilst allowing some redevelopment on specified brownfield sites. Please see the documents and links at the end of the page for more information.

Regulation 16 consultation responses

Denham NP - Non online responses - redacted (PDF) [1MB]
Denham NP - online responses redacted (PDF) [103KB]  
Denham NP- Buckinghamshire Council response to regulation 16 consultation (PDF) [192KB]  

Neighbourhood plan examination

With the agreement of the Denham Parish Council, Mr Andrew S Freeman BSc (Hons) DipTP DipEM FRTPI has been appointed to examine the plan. In accordance with Regulation 17 of The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 the submitted plan and all relevant documentation has been made available to the Examiner. View the government guidance on the examination (external website). 

Examiner's report

Buckinghamshire Council has accepted the examiner's report and the neighbourhood plan will proceed to a referendum.

Read the council's decision statement and the examiner's report below.

Decision statement (PDF) [263KB]
Examiner's Report (PDF) [252KB]

Examiner procedural matters and questions

This section will be updated as necessary during the examination.

Denham NP- Examiner Procedural Letter and Questions (PDF) [120KB]
Buckingham Council response to examiner questions 1 and 2 (PDF) [359KB]
Buckinghamshire Council response to examiner question 3 (PDF) [114KB]
Denham Parish Council response to examiner questions (PDF) [993KB]
Letter to examiner- Nicholas King Homes (PDF) [220KB]

Once adopted, a neighbourhood plan is used to determine planning applications in the neighbourhood area.

If you have any queries, contact the Planning Policy Team at planning.policy.csb@buckinghamshire.gov.uk or telephone 01494 586 678.


It has been decided that the neighbourhood plan can proceed towards a referendum. 

The referendum will be held on Thursday 9 December 2021. 

People within the parish of Denham, who are allowed to vote at an election, will be able to take part in the referendum.

General Information for Denham referendum (PDF) [286KB]
Referendum version of Denham Neighbourhood Plan (PDF) [2MB]
Information Statement for Denham referendum (PDF) [256KB]
Statement that Buckinghamshire Council is satisfied the plan meets the basic conditions (PDF) [90KB]
A summary of representations submitted to the independent examiner (PDF) [77KB]
Find out more about the Denham Neighbourhood Plan Referendum in our elections and voting section. 

Submitted neighbourhood plan documents

Denham Neighbourhood Plan (PDF) [2MB]
Consultation Statement (PDF) [5MB]
Basic Conditions Statement (PDF) [322KB]
Environmental screening opinion (PDF) [723KB]