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Consultation: Canopy Cover Supplementary Planning Document

This consultation has now closed. Details of the consultation and supporting documents can still be viewed below.

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A six-week consultation on the draft Canopy Cover Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) has now ended. The SPD is a planning guidance document to help implement policy DM34 for the Wycombe District Local Plan.

Start date: Monday 25 November 2019
Closing date: Sunday 5 January 2020 (11.59pm)

Purpose and detail

The Wycombe District Local Plan was adopted on 19 August 2019. This Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) provides detailed guidance to help you achieve canopy cover requirements as set out in policy DM34: Delivering Green Infrastructure and Biodiversity in Development.

Once adopted, this SPD will form a "material consideration" (a matter that should be taken into account) when deciding planning applications.

The SPD covers all types of new development. Outside of town centres and on sites of half a hectare or more, a canopy coverage of 25% is required. On other sites, either within the town centres or less than half a hectare, the requirement is to maximise opportunities for canopy cover.

Documents for consultation

Supporting documents

These documents will also be available to view during normal opening hours at public libraries and at our offices.

The Canopy Cover Supplementary Planning Document and the accompanying SPD Statement of Consultation can be viewed during opening times at:

  • Bourne End Community Library, Wakeman Road, Bourne End (opening hours vary)
  • Castlefield Community Centre, Rutland Avenue, High Wycombe
    • Open Saturdays (12.30-5.30pm), Tuesdays and Thursdays (2-8pm)
  • Flackwell Heath Community Library, Chapel Road, Flackwell Heath
    • Open Tuesdays (10am to 7pm), Thursdays and Fridays (10am to 5pm) and Saturdays (10am to 1pm)
  • Hazlemere Library, 312 Amersham Road, Hazlemere (opening hours vary)
  • High Wycombe Library, 5 Eden place, High Wycombe.
    • Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (9.30am to 5pm), Thursdays (9.30am to 7pm) and Sundays (midday to 4pm)
  • Marlow Information Centre, Marlow Library, Institute Road, Marlow SL7 1BL
    • Open Tuesday (10am to 5.30pm), Wednesday and Friday (9am to 5pm), Thursday and Saturday (10am to 4pm)
  • Micklefield Community Library, Micklefield Road, High Wycombe (opening hours vary)
  • Risborough Information Centre, Princes Risborough Library, Bell Street, Princes Risborough, HP27 0AA
    • Open Tuesday (10am to 5.30pm), Wednesday (10am to 1pm), Thursday (10am to 4pm), Friday (10am to 5pm) and Saturday (10am to 1pm)
  • Stokenchurch Library, Wycombe Road, Stokenchurch (opening hours vary)
  • Buckinghamshire Council Offices, Queen Victoria Road, High Wycombe
    • Open Monday to Thursday (8.45am to 5.15pm) and Friday (8.45am to 4.45pm)



How to respond

This consultation has now closed.

The public consultation was run from Monday 25 November 2019 to Sunday 5 January 2020, including a consultation event held on Wednesday 4 December.

Additional information

Data protection

Please note that copies of comments received will be made available for the public to view. Therefore your comments cannot be treated as confidential. Personal details will be redacted before publication. Data will be processed and held in line with our privacy policy.

Contact details

Please contact us with any questions at

Next steps

We will review the comments received and finalise the guidance by the end of February 2020.