Consultation: Proposed Main Modifications to Wycombe District Local Plan
Consultation has now closed. You can view the responses here.
The Wycombe District Local Plan was submitted for examination in public in March 2018. Hearings were held over the summer of 2018.
The independent Local Plan inspector has identified various changes that she considers may need to be made to the plan (known as “Proposed Main Modifications”) in order to make the Wycombe District Local Plan a “sound” plan.
We invite your comments, also known as representations, on these Proposed Main Modifications. These representations will be sent to the inspector for consideration in the preparation of her final report on the examination of the plan.
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 and the strategic objectives to meet the challenges that the plan has to address. The plan identifies sites for development in the towns and in rural areas as well as policies that will be used to make decisions on planning applications.
Proposed Main Modifications to the Wycombe District Local Plan for consultation
For reference: Wycombe District Local Plan (publication version) [PDF | 9.9MB]
Wycombe District Local Plan supporting evidence
- See New local plan examination: supporting evidence for supporting evidence for the Local Plan
How to respond
Consultation has now closed
Please note that all comments received will be sent to the Local Plan inspector for her consideration as she prepares her report on the examination of the Wycombe District Local Plan. Copies of comments received will also be made available for the public to view. Comments therefore 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 2018.
The following documents are available for inspection at the Buckinghamshire Council offices, Queen Victoria Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 1BB:
- Proposed Main Modifications to the Wycombe District Local Plan
- Sustainability Appraisal of the Publication Wycombe District Local Plan (December 2018)
- Sustainability appraisal for the Wycombe District Local Plan Addendum
- Habitats Regulations Assessment of the Proposed Main Modifications to the Wycombe District Local Plan
- Revised Habitats Regulations Assessment (January 2019)
- A copy of the Wycombe District Local Plan (Regulation 19) publication version
Council offices opening hours (excluding bank holidays) are:
- Monday to Thursday 8.45am to 5.15pm
- Friday 8.45am to 4.45pm
Copies of the Proposed Main Modifications to the Wycombe District Local Plan and the Wycombe District Local Plan (publication version) are also available to view in libraries across the district.
All representations received will be passed to the independent Local Plan inspector for consideration. Once the inspector has reviewed the representations she will advise the Council about how she wishes to proceed with the examination. Should the inspector decide that no additional hearing sessions are necessary then she will advise the Council of the likely date of submission of her report of findings.
Once the inspector’s report is published, this will set out any changes that are necessary to make the Wycombe District Local Plan sound. The Council must accept those changes if it wishes to adopt the Local Plan. We anticipate the Council will consider this in the summer of 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 the Wycombe District Local Plan once it is adopted.
Once adopted, the new Local Plan will be part of the Development Plan which forms the basis for planning decisions across the district.
If you have any questions, please get in touch.