Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan 2036

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The Local Plan 2036 sets out how Chiltern and South Bucks will develop over the next 20 years.

It establishes how we can plan positively for our communities' needs, improve the quality of life and put in place the necessary infrastructure to support development, whilst also protecting our valued environment and the character of our towns and villages.

The Government expects local authorities to have up-to-date Local Plans in place to guide development and plan for the infrastructure, homes and jobs that communities need.

Failure to have an up-to-date plan would risk Government intervention and a resulting loss of control of the process. It protects us from speculative development which can sometimes happen without sufficient benefit to local communities.

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Council decision on the Local Plan

At its meeting on 21 October, Buckinghamshire Council resolved to withdraw the Local Plan. The agenda papers for this meeting are available here (see agenda item 7).

Cllr Warren Whyte, Cabinet Member for Planning and Enforcement, issued a press release about the impending Council decision. This is published here.

Buckinghamshire Council

On 1 April 2020 Buckinghamshire Council was created and became the local planning authority for the area previously covered by four local planning authorities, namely Aylesbury Vale District Council, Chiltern District Council, South Bucks District Council and Wycombe District Council, as well as Buckinghamshire County Council who was responsible for Minerals and Waste Planning.

The statement which sets out how the five year housing land requirement will be assessed for the new local planning authority can be viewed Icon for pdf Buckinghamshire Five Year Housing Land Supply Position Statement [717.67KB]

The Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan 2036 was submitted for independent examination on 26 September 2019.  For further information please see our Local Plan Examination page.

The consultation on the Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan 2036 was undertaken from 7 June until 23 August 2019.

The comments which were submitted during the consultation will assist the independent Planning Inspector, on behalf of the Secretary of State, in determining whether or not the Local Plan is sound, legally compliant and fulfils the Duty to Co-operate i.e. the measures of compliance.

You may wish to view the consultation documents below.


Local Plan chapters

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