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Emerging Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan (2014-2036)

Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council are preparing a new emerging joint Local Plan for Chiltern and South Bucks Districts.

Green Belt Preferred Options Consultation - Now Closed

Between 31st October and 5pm on the 12th December 2016 Chiltern and South Bucks Councils carried out public consultation on Preferred Green Belt Options the Councils consider should be taken forward in the Local Plan in order to help meet development needs. The Consultation is now closed and the Councils will not be accepting any comments as part of this process. The Councils consulted on these options in order to:

  • seek views to help determine their suitability for development;
  • help understand views on what type of development should be sought if suitable and what type of requirements should be secured as part of development;
  • enable comments on the evidence base that has informed the Consultation; and
  • provide the opportunity for additional options to be put forward.

Consultation responses received in the consultation period are now being processed and analysed to inform decisions on a draft Local Plan (expected for consultation in 2017).

The Green Belt Preferred Options Document subject to the consultation is available to download using the link below:

pdf icon Green Belt Preferred Options Consultation Document (Oct - Dec 2016) [5Mb]

As part of the Consultation the Councils held Public Exhibitions and also produced a presentation video, more details are available below.

The evidence base that supported the Consultation is also available below.


Public Exhibitions

The Councils held a series of exhibitions throughout the first few weeks of the Green Belt Preferred Options consultation. The exhibition materials are available to view here.

In addition, the Councils carried out member and stakeholder briefing sessions, the Power Point presentation from the these sessions is available below:

pdf icon Elected Member and Key Stakeholder Briefing Presentation - (26th and 31st October 2016) [2Mb]


Local Plan Evidence Base

An evidence base is being prepared for the emerging Local Plan and can be found here. Documents particularly relevant to the Green Belt Preferred Options consultation are:


Initial (Regulation 18) Consultation Incorporating Issues and Options - Now Closed

Between 19th January 2016 until 5pm on 14th March 2016 the Councils carried out their Initial (Regulation 18) Consultation Incorporating Issues and Options on the emerging Local Plan.

All comments received within the consultation period have been considered and assisted the Councils in producing the 'Green Belt Preferred Options' Consultation. Summaries of the responses received as part of this consultation are available here.

The document subject to the Initial Consultation is available to download below. Please note, the document below is available for reference purposes only, this is not the subject of the current consultation.

pdf icon Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan - Regulation 18 Incorporating Issues and Options Consultation Document (Jan-Mar 2016) [8Mb]

What is the Emerging Local Plan?

The Local Plan will set out policies used to determine planning applications, site allocations or proposed new development (e.g. housing or employment) and broader land designations (e.g. Green Belt areas).

The Emerging Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan will replace the adopted: Core Strategy for Chiltern District (2011), Chiltern District Local Plan (1997), South Bucks Core Strategy (2011), South Bucks Local Plan (1999), documents and respective Policies Maps; there will be a joint Policies Map prepared as part of the Local Plan.

The timetable for the emerging joint Local Plan is contained in a Local Development Scheme and is adopted by both Councils, more details are available here.

The emerging joint Local Plan will run from 2014 to 2036.

Get Involved - Consultation Database

The Councils now have a joint Consultation Database (mailing list) which will be used to notify interested stakeholders in both Districts. You can register to be notified (by email or letter) at key stages of the plan preparation, including upcoming consultations. More details are available here.

Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council are the data controllers for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998.