Consultation: Proposed Main Modifications to Wycombe District Local Plan

Summary

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.

Background detail

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

How to respond

You may submit your comments online or in writing via the below means.

Complete online form (external website)

Alternatively, you can respond:

  • by downloading a response form [Word | 480KB] and emailing it to newlocalplan@wycombe.gov.uk (you can also write an email to the same address)
  • by post, either as a letter or by obtaining a hard copy form from our offices or one of the libraries around the district

Hard copy submissions should be addressed to: Planning Policy Team, Wycombe District Council, Council offices, Queen Victoria Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 1BB

Please clearly state which Proposed Main Modification number or numbers your response relates to (for example: PMM1, PMM2 and so on).

Please note: Comments will only be accepted for the Proposed Main Modifications. General comments about the content of the Local Plan not related to a proposed main modification will not be accepted.

Start date

Wednesday 13 February 2019

Closing date

Wednesday 27 March 2019 (11.59pm) 

Data protection

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.

For more information please see our privacy policy.

Document availability

The following documents are available for inspection at the Wycombe District 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.

Next steps

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.

Contact details

If you have any questions, please get in touch.