Buckinghamshire Council Statement regarding Neighbourhood Planning and COVID-19
The government’s advice is that we should stay at home and keep away from others. We would therefore strongly advise town/parish councils preparing neighbourhood plans not to undertake any public consultation (unless it is exclusively online/web-based with an email or online survey response) for the purposes of preparing a neighbourhood plan until the Government's restrictions on the public freedom of movement have been lifted. In addition, town/parish councils should not carry out statutory Pre Submission Consultation and Publicity (Regulation 14*) as it is not considered that the regulatory requirements of consultation and publicity can safely be met.
The Council will not be undertaking any Neighbourhood Area consultation (Regulation 6*), Publicising a Plan Proposal or a Modification Proposal (Regulation 16*) consultation until the Government's restrictions on the public freedom of movement have been lifted and we are satisfied that the full terms of the regulatory requirements (and terms of the adopted Statements of Community Involvement) can be met.
The Government announced on 7 April 2020 that no Neighbourhood Plan Referendums can take place until 6 May 2021. These provisions will be kept under review by Government and may be amended or revoked in response to changing circumstances.
We will update parish and town councils and the relevant Council websites when there has been a material change in the circumstances set out above.
9th April 2020
The Localism Act 2011
The Localism Act 2011 introduced new powers for suitably represented communities to create a Neighbourhood Plan.
For more information on the Localism Act and Neighbourhood Plans please follow the links below:
Neighbourhood Plans in Chiltern
Chiltern District has two 'made' Neighbourhood Plans, the Chalfont St Peter Neighbourhood Plan and the Chalfont St Giles. These form part of the Development Plan and are used when making planning decisions in the Chalfont St Peter and Chalfont St Giles Neighbourhood Areas (the whole Parish areas).
Neighbourhood Areas in Chiltern
Chiltern District has four declared Neighbourhood Areas:
The extents of the Chalfont St Peter, Chalfont St Giles and Seer Green Neighbourhood Areas are shown on the Neighbourhood Areas Map, which is available to view in the downloads at the bottom of this page.