Wycombe Local Plan

The Wycombe District Local Plan defines how future development should take place for the district and was adopted on 19 August 2019 after an extensive preparation and consultation process.

On its policies maps the Local Plan allocates particular areas of land for development and designates other areas to be protected from development. It also includes a set of policies to guide the location and nature of development.

The Local Plan fully replaces two older plans - the Core Strategy (2008) and the previous Local Plan (2004). The Council has 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 should be read alongside this plan.

Legal challenge to the Plan

It is possible for the plan to be challenged under s.113 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. Any challenge has to be made within 6 weeks of the plan being adopted.

The Council has now been served with notice of two application to legally challenge the local plan, which could lead to a Judicial Review of the Council’s decision to adopt the plan.

The applications have been made in relation to RUR7 Land off Clappins Lane, Naphill and BE2 Hollands Farm, Bourne End and Wooburn.

There are 2 stages to the process:

  1. The court has to first give permission for a challenge to be heard. This is based on an initial assessment of the claims made by the applicants and the Council’s response to those claims.
  2. If permission is given then claims will be heard in the High Court and a judgement will be made whether the contested parts of the plan are quashed and if the remainder of the plan should remain in force or not.

In the meantime, this does not change the status of the plan, it is still adopted and decisions on planning applications will be made in accordance with policies in the plan.

Adopted Wycombe District Local Plan documents

Local Plan policy maps

The Local Plan policy maps show the geographic extents of the policies contained within the Delivery and Site Allocations Plan. They are modified by the policy map changes included within the adopted Wycombe District Local Plan. They also include policies from the revoked Local Plan and Core Strategy.

The Wycombe District Local Plan which was adopted on 19 August 2019 included sixteen maps showing the geographic extents of the new policies contained within the adopted Local Plan. These are presented as changes to the adopted policies map and should be read alongside the documents above.

Sustainability Appraisal of the Wycombe District Local Plan

The Sustainability Appraisal (SA) assesses the environmental, economic and social impact of plan policies. The SA process has informed and influenced the Wycombe District Local Plan throughout its development and these appraisals are set out below. 

Contact information

Email: planningpolicy@wycombe.gov.uk
  • Telephone: 01494 421 158