Here is a copy of a press release received from South Bucks District Council in connection with the Joint Local Plan being developed. Details about the consultation can be found here: http://www.southbucks.gov.uk/planning/localplan2014-2036
14 January 2016
For Immediate Release
Public asked for views on Joint Local PLan
Residents, businesses, community groups, landowners, developers and organisations are being urged to participate in an important consultation on a Joint Local Plan being developed by Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council.
The Plan will determine the level of growth needed to be planned for to 2036 and how and where that development should be delivered. The consultation will help identify the issues the plan needs to address and start to test options for potential development (mainly housing and employment but also other uses and necessary infrastructure such as schools, roads and health facilities). The consultation runs from Tuesday 19 January until 5pm, Friday 14 March 2016.
As the Plan develops, further consultations will be carried out, the next one being on Preferred Options in the autumn – and people will again be invited to give their views.
All councils are being faced with pressures to submit a local plan. Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council agreed in December to work together, aiming to submit a robust and sound Joint Local Plan to government by September 2017.
More information is available on the Councils’ websites, along with details of how people can submit their views and a downloadable form: (please note – these links will not become live until Tuesday 19 January)
Copies of the Consultation Document can be downloaded or viewed at both Council offices and in local libraries.
Cllr Peter Martin, Chiltern District Council’s Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, said: “We are under no illusions about the challenges ahead. We have to deliver a Local Plan which will pass muster if we are to have real influence over how the two districts can best meet our communities’ development needs for the next 20 years. That requires input from people who know their area best, those who live and work in our communities, and I urge them to take part in this process from its outset. “
Cllr Nick Naylor, South Bucks District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Sustainable Development, said: “We really need and want the public’s views on this initial consultation. Their comments will be carefully considered and will be taken into account as far as possible. Our two districts are under huge pressure in terms of development needs and we are also constrained by the large amount of Green Belt, AONB and other constraints within our boundaries. We are committed to conserving our environment, heritage and communities whilst also trying to balance this with meeting local and future generations’ needs for housing and jobs. It’s crucial that we produce a Plan, which is needed by our communities, which can withstand scrutiny and we call upon the public to help us create the right development strategy for our two districts.”