Consultation: publication of the Wycombe District Local Plan

Summary

We invite comments, also known as representations, on the publication version of the Wycombe District Local Plan. This is the version of the plan that we intend to submit to the Secretary of State for an independent examination.

Purpose and detail

Our Wycombe District Local Plan sets out the long term future for the district, identifying where new homes, jobs, and infrastructure (such as transport, schools, and open spaces) will be created. Government requires all local authorities to work with their neighbouring authorities to produce an up-to-date local plan to deliver our fair share of the national need for housing, land for our changing economy, and we also need to protect our special environment from harmful development.

The Wycombe District Local Plan sets out the broad spatial strategy and policy framework for Wycombe District up to 2033. The Local Plan includes the vision for the district, the strategic objectives to meet the challenges that the plan has to address, the overall strategy that directs development to certain places and why, the sites that have been identified for development in the towns and in rural areas, the policies that will be used to make decisions on planning applications, and how the plan will be monitored. The plan also shows how changes in policy allocations and designations will be reflected as changes to the Policies Map.

All comments received will be sent to the Secretary of State for an independent examination on whether the plan is legally compliant and meets the tests of soundness. If you wish to take part in the examination, it is also important that you make this request as a part of your response to this consultation. Please note the hearing sessions for the examination are all public.

Wycombe District Local Plan for consultation

Wycombe District Local Plan chapters

For convenience, we have divided the publication version of the Wycombe District Local Plan into its individual chapters:

Proposed changes to the policies map

The policies maps are identified in appendix L of the Local Plan. They show the additions and replacements to the policies map resulting from policies contained within the Local Plan. They do not show existing policies which are being kept or policies that are being replaced:

You can see our existing, adopted policies maps on MyWycombe.

Statement of representations and statement of fact

This sets out how and by when to make representations, how to express interest in appearing at the Examination, as well as where to find out more about the plan and supporting evidence.

Wycombe District Local Plan supporting evidence

Events

We will be holding briefing sessions in the north and south of the district, as well as drop-in sessions in the north and south of the district to help you respond to the consultation.

How to respond

Legally, we cannot and will not accept comments before the consultation start date.

Comments, should be made in writing using the response form:

Complete the response form

  • Complete our online form (our preferred method)
    • Email newlocalplan@wycombe.gov.uk; or
    • Post Planning Policy Team, Planning and Sustainability, Wycombe District Council, Queen Victoria Road, High Wycombe, Bucks HP11 1BB

Please ensure you quote the paragraph, policy, or map you are commenting on.

At this stage of consultation comments are required to relate to the tests of soundness and legal compliance. Please see our guidance document for further detail.

Start date

Monday 16 October 2017

Closing date

11:59pm, Monday 27 November 2017

We cannot and will not consider late comments.

Please note that copies of all comments received will be available for the public to view and cannot be treated as confidential. Personal details will be redacted prior to publishing. Data will be processed and held in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Document availability

Statement of fact: The Publication (Regulation 19) version of the Wycombe District Local Plan and supporting evidence will be available for inspection on request at Wycombe District Council, Council offices, Queen Victoria Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 1BB

Council offices opening hours (excluding bank holidays) are:

  • Monday to Thursday 8.45 am to 5.15 pm
  • Friday 8.45 am to 4.45 pm

Copies of the Publication Wycombe District Local Plan are available to view in libraries across the Wycombe district.

Contact details

If you have any questions:

Next steps

We expect to submit the Wycombe district local plan for examination in public in March 2018, Followed by an examination of the local plan to take place in June/July 2018. If the inspector is satisfied with the plan, we aim to adopt the local plan in early 2019.

When it is adopted this plan will replace two older plans: the Core Strategy (2008) and the previous Local Plan (2004). We have another plan, adopted in 2013, the Delivery and Site Allocations Plan (DSA), which has policies on town centres, and some policies to be used in making decisions on planning applications (Development Management). That plan is still up to date, and so it will be read alongside this draft plan when it is finalised.

Once adopted the new Local Plan will be the basis for planning decisions across the district.