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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.

Current Neighbourhood Area consultations

Wooburn and Bourne End 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 eight weeks from 03 December 2014 until 30 January 2015.

  • Neighbourhood Area application [pdf | 20KB] - Wooburn & Bourne End Parish Council's application to designate the parish as a Neighbourhood Area.
  • Neighbourhood Area map [pdf | 732KB] - map showing the area which has been applied to be designated as a Neighbourhood Area (the whole area of Wooburn & Bourne End Parish)

The application can also be viewed at the Wycombe District Council Offices at Queen Victoria Road, High Wycombe, HP11 1BB, at the Wooburn and Bourne End Parish Council office, Town Lane, Wooburn, Bucks HP10 0PS, as well as High Wycombe library and Bourne End library.

Making comments on the proposed Neighbourhood Area

Any comments on the area application should be submitted to us before 5pm on the last day of the relevant 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.

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.
  • 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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