Next steps in neighbourhood plan for Bledlow-cum-Saunderton

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Bledlow-cum-Saunderton Parish Council has formally submitted their neighbourhood plan to Wycombe District Council for publication. Both councils have been working closely to create a neighbourhood plan for the parish.  The aim of the plan is to help local people set out parameters which could then be used to shape future development in the villages. 

The published neighbourhood plan is the result of months of work by the parish council, including two rounds of local consultation earlier this year. Local residents were invited to help them set out community priorities and their vision for how local land should be best used.

Cllr David Johncock, Cabinet Member for Planning and Sustainability at Wycombe District Council said:

"Neighbourhood planning is one of many ways we can put policies in place to help protect what is special about an area and help manage what gets built where. There are lots of stages and scrutiny to go through before a neighbourhood plan can be put in place, but I’m confident that by working with local communities in this way, the strongest plan for what is the best for both the District and the residents of Bledlow-cum-Saunderton can be agreed."

The draft of the neighbourhood plan has been published this week as part of a final six week consultation which closes on 25 October. Wycombe District Council will then appoint an independent examiner who will review the submitted plan and supporting documents as well as the representation made at publication. Following the examination, the inspector will issue a report to Wycombe District Council who will review with the parish council the recommendations before determining whether the plan can go forward.  If so, WDC will organise a parish-wide referendum and, depending on the result, the council will then "make" the plan - that is, adopt the plan.

See Consultation: publication Bledlow-cum-Saunderton Neighbourhood Plan to find out more about the neighbourhood plan and comment using an online response form, or by email to neighbourhood.planning@wycombe.gov.uk or write to Planning Policy Team, Wycombe District Council, Queen Victoria Road, High Wycombe, Bucks HP11 1BB.

In addition, the public can view hard copies of the neighbourhood plan and supporting documents at the libraries in High Wycombe and Princes Risborough, .at Princes Risborough Town Council and Wycombe District Council offices.

Wycombe District Council is currently working with local people in other parts of the district at Wooburn and Bourne End and Daws Hill to put neighbourhood plans in place.