Emerging Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan
Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council are preparing a joint Local Plan for Chiltern and South Bucks Districts. The next stage in the process will be the publication of the Local Plan for consultation prior to its submission for an examination in public.
The following committee meeting dates for the approval of the Local Plan and Local Development Scheme have been confirmed:
- Joint Overview & Scrutiny Committee - Monday 29 April 2019
- Joint Committee - Wednesday 1 May 2019
- South Bucks District Full Council - Tuesday 14 May 2019
- Chiltern District Full Council - Wednesday 15 May 2019
Subject to the outcome of these meetings, publication is then anticipated to be in late May / early June. The new timetable for the Local Plan will be formalised through a revision to the Local Development Scheme.
Call for Sites 2018 - 2019
To assist the development of the emerging joint Local Plan for Chiltern and South Bucks, the Councils carried out a 'Call for Sites' exercise (3 December 2018 to 14 January 2019) to identify sites within both districts that may have potential for development over the plan period.
The sites submitted will be used to update the Councils' Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA), which will be part of the evidence base for the new Local Plan.
Open Call for Sites
Sites submitted after 14 January 2019 will be included in future HELAA reviews after the completion of the Chiltern and South Bucks Joint Local Plan. A summary report will be published in due course setting out the list of submitted sites.
For more information or to nominate a site, please visit our Call for Sites page.
To date, an Initial Consultation Incorporating Issues and Options (January to March 2016) and Green Belt Preferred Options Consultation (October to December 2016) have been carried out; more details are provided below. On 7 November the Joint Committee considered an update on the Local Plan published alongside:
Asetting out in summary discussions, agreed outcomes, outstanding matters and next steps;
Publication of awhich identifies, subject to further duty to co-operate discussions if relevant and final evidence base work, strategic Green Belt options which officers are likely to be recommending to the Councils to be removed from the Green Belt and included in the emerging Draft Local Plan as development proposals; and
Local Plan Evidence Base
An evidence base is being prepared for the emerging Local Plan and can be found at Emerging Local Plan Evidence Base. For some documents there are earlier versions which have been superseded and these earlier outdated versions can also be found at Evidence Base - Superseded Documents.
Evidence base documents will be added to as soon as new documents become available.
Green Belt Preferred Options Consultation - Now Closed
Between 31 October and 5pm on the 12 December 2016 Chiltern and South Bucks Councils carried out public consultation on Preferred Green Belt Options the Councils where considering to 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 further comments as part of this process. The Councils consulted on 15 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.
A summary of the consultation responses received in the consultation period have been processed and analysed to inform decisions on a draft Local Plan. These can be viewed at Emerging Local Plan Evidence Base.
Redacted versions of the Consultation Responses received are available to view at Green Belt Preferred Options Consultation (Oct-Dec 2016) - Responses.
The Green Belt Preferred Options Consultation document is available to download below. Please note, the document is available for reference purposes only, this is not currently subject to public consultation.
As part of the Consultation the Councils held Public Exhibitions and also produced a presentation video.
Initial (Regulation 18) Consultation Incorporating Issues and Options - Now Closed
Between 19 January 2016 until 5pm on 14 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 at Summary of Responses to Initial (Regulation 18) Consultation (Jan-Mar 2016).
The Initial Consultation document is available to download below. Please note, the document is available for reference purposes only, this is not currently subject to public consultation.
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: Chiltern District Local Plan (1997), Chiltern District Core Strategy (2011), South Bucks Local Plan (1999), South Bucks Core Strategy (2011) 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 at Local Development Scheme (LDS).
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 on Planning Policy Consultation Database.
Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council are the data controllers for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998.