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Neighbourhood planning

The Localism Act introduces some fundamental changes to the planning system, including the creation of neighbourhood planning.

Neighbourhood planning allows communities to come together through a local parish council or neighbourhood forum to help shape the future of their areas. This includes where new houses, businesses and shops should go or what new development should look like. Plans could be simple or complex; they could contain several policies or they could directly grant planning permission for specific developments or uses.

Plans need to fit in with national and strategic policies.

Draft Longwick-cum-Ilmer neighbourhood plan

Longwick-cum-Ilmer Parish Council has published a draft neighbourhood plan for public consultation. The draft Longwick-cum-Ilmer neighbourhood plan follows the designation of the Longwick-cum-Ilmer parish as a neighbourhood area on 2 March 2015.

Consultation on the draft Longwick-cum-Ilmer neighbourhood plan took place between 8 June and 20 July 2015.

  • See Longwick-cum-Ilmer Parish Council (external website) for a copy of the plan, its supporting documents, and details of how to view hard copies and submit comments.

You can also view the the plan at Wycombe District Council offices in Queen Victoria Road, High Wycombe.

Current neighbourhood area consultations

Bledlow-cum Saunderton parish

Bledlow-cum-Saunderton Parish Council has submitted an application to designate the parish council area as a Neighbourhood Area for the making of a Neighbourhood Development Plan. The consultation period will run for six weeks from Monday, 24 August 2015 to Friday, 2 October 2015.

  • Neighbourhood Area application [pdf | 981KB] - Letter from the chair of Bledlow-cum-Saunderton Parish Council to the Head of Planning & Sustainability setting out the Parish's application to designate the parish as a Neighbourhood Area.
  • Neighbourhood Area map [pdf | 1.0MB] - map showing the area which has been applied to be designated as a Neighbourhood Area (the whole area of Bledlow-cum-Saunderton Parish)

The application can also be viewed at the Wycombe District Council Offices at Queen Victoria Road, High Wycombe, HP11 1BB, on notice boards outside Bledlow Village Hall, Chinnor Road, Bledlow HP27 9QF, and Bledlow Ridge Village Hall, Chinnor Road, Bledlow Ridge HP14 4AL, as well as High Wycombe library and Princes Risborough library.

Any comments on the area application should be submitted to us before 5pm on the last day of the consultation period. You can send your comments in one of the following ways:


Post: Planning Policy Team
Wycombe District Council
Council Offices
Queen Victoria Road
High Wycombe
HP11 1BB

Please note that this is not a consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan itself, but merely the identification of the area for which the parish or town council wish to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan.

Approved neighbourhood areas

Longwick-cum-Ilmer parish

On 2 March 2015, we designated a neighbourhood area in Longwick-cum-Ilmer parish. This area follows the parish boundaries, and is the same area as that applied for by Longwick-cum-Ilmer Parish Council. The documents below set out a map of the neighbourhood area and a statement setting out a summary of the consultation on the proposed area and the reasons for the designation.

Wooburn and Bourne End parish

On 9 February 2015, we designated a neighbourhood area in Wooburn and Bourne End parish. This area follows the parish boundaries, and is the same area as that applied for by Wooburn and Bourne End Parish Council. The documents below set out a map of the neighbourhood area and a statement setting out a summary of the consultation on the proposed area and the reasons for the designation.

Daws Hill

On 10 September 2012 our Cabinet agreed to designate a neighbourhood area in the Daws Hill area of High Wycombe. The decision notice, which can be downloaded below, identifies the area which now forms the Daws Hill Neighbourhood Area (the area bounded by the solid black line in figure 2 of the document). As this is a reduced area from the one applied for, the decision notice sets out the reasons for this decision, in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.

We have also formally designated the Daws Hill Residents Association (DHRA) as the neighbourhood forum for the Daws Hill Neighbourhood Area. This means that it now constitutes the Daws Hill Neighbourhood Forum (DHNF), and is authorised to act in relation to the Daws Hill Neighbourhood Area for the purposes of producing neighbourhood development plans and orders.

The DHRA's application for neighbourhood forum status contains contact details for the association and its co-chairmen. It also contains a 'terms of reference" document which, according to the formal designation, is taken to constitute the neighbourhood forum's written constitution, in accordance with Section 61F(5)(d) of the 1990 Town and Country Planning Act. These documents are available to view below.

Further information

  • Localism Act plain English guide (external website): a plain English guide explaining the Localism Act, produced by the Department of Communities and Local Government.
  • Neighbourhood planning (external website): a short explanation of what neighbourhood planning is, how it works and why it matters.
  • A guide to neighbourhood planning (external website): a further guide to neighbourhood planning, produced for the Campaign to Protect Rural England's Planning Help website.
  • My community rights (external website): what you need to know about neighbourhood planning and how to get started, including information about possible grants that may be available.
  • My community - neighbourhood planning (external website): Details of the latest Government support package for groups undertaking neighbourhood planning work
  • Community-led planning (external website): information and advice from Community Impact Bucks, including contacts for assistance in carrying out neighbourhood planning.
  • Notes on neighbourhood planning (external website): regular bulletins from the neighbourhood planning team at the Department for Communities and Local Government.

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