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Constraints for planning applications


There are a number of key constraints which must be fully understood and taken into account when designing schemes and applying for planning permission.

The most common of these are listed below, and you should contact us to check the constrains relating to your development site prior to the commencement of any pre-application enquiries. Policy constraints can be view via the Interactive Policies Map

Advice available from Chiltern Area:

Works within a Conservation Area

Chiltern Area Historic Buildings Officer: Works to/adjacent to a Listed Building

Chiltern Area Tree and Landscape Officer: Works to, or directly adjacent to trees.
Chiltern Area Environmental Health service (Land contamination, noise or smell creating development).

Advice available from external organisations:

Chilterns Buildings Design Guide: Design guide for any development within the area, including within the Chilterns AONB

Buckinghamshire Highway Authority :Works to a highway or proposing a new building or use accessed from a public highway.

Buckinghamshire Archaeological Officer: Works to or adjacent to sites of archaeological interest.

Buckinghamshire Ecology Advisor: Works which may impact on protected species (ie Bats, Newts).

Environment Agency: The Environment Agency provides pre-planning application advice and would like to hear from you if your proposed development site is:

  • a hectare or more;
  • in Flood Zones two or three;
  • close to a watercourse;
  • on potentially contaminated land;
  • handling waste or hazardous substances.

Thames Water: Thames Water Guide for Developers.

Thames Valley Police: Crime Prevention Design Team: Advise the best way to design out crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour at every stage of the planning process.