How we prepare our planning policies

We are required to prepare our plans in accordance with the 2004 Planning and Compensation Act and the National Planning Policy Framework, which was published in March 2012. To find out more about the planning system use the link at the bottom of the page to visit the Communities and Local Government website.

As part of the preparation of our plans we undertake public consultations on our draft policies and proposals.

Local Development Scheme

As a part of our plan-making, we have prepared a Local Development Scheme (LDS) which sets out the documents that our Policy team will produce over the next four years. Our LDS was updated following a report to Cabinet in March 2015..

Statement of Community Involvement

We have an adopted Statement of Community Involvement (SCI). This document sets out how the community can be involved in, and consulted on, the preparation of local plans and in the planning applications process.

The Development Plan

In considering planning applications, we are required to make the decision in accordance with the Development Plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise. The Development Plan for Wycombe district is made up of a number of planning documents. 

Delivery and Site Allocations Plan

The Delivery and Site Allocations Plan (DSA) was adopted by the Council on 16 July 2013. It contains a mix of development management and site specific policies which cover sustainable transport, town centres, retail environment and infrastructure. There is a particular focus on delivering regeneration and improvement to High Wycombe Town Centre as well as policies aimed at supporting Marlow and Princes Risborough town centres.

Position statement on housing and land for business

In July 2011 we agreed a position statement on housing and land for business. This sets out our position on a number of general policy and site specific issues relating to housing and business development. These issues used to form part of the DSA document but will now be addressed in the forthcoming review of the Core Strategy.

Amongst the issues covered in this document are:

  • Current position on meeting housing requirements
  • Policies relating to the protection of business land and the approach to mixed use sites
  • Site specific proposals including: Leigh Street, Desborough, Compair and De La Rue, Hughenden, RAF Daws Hill, High Wycombe, Cressex Island, High Wycombe, Handy Cross Sports Centre, High Wycombe, Picts Lane, Princes Risborough

This is not a consultation document but is a material consideration for development management purposes, albeit containing less weight than adopted development plan documents.

Supplementary planning documents

Supplementary planning documents (SPDs) cover a range of issues and give more detailed information on the policies within the development plan. See Planning guidance to view copies of the SPDs.

Sustainability appraisal

The sustainability appraisal process assesses the policies within our plans to ensure they are compatible with the aims of sustainability, and achieving high levels of environmental, social and economic performance. A sustainability appraisal is published with each version of a plan.

Wycombe Monitoring Report

The Wycombe Monitoring Report (previously known as the Annual Monitoring Report or AMR) contains information showing how our planning policies are performing against key indicators. This includes information on housing delivery, employment, environment and infrastructure including developer contributions. This report now contains an update on our five year and long term housing supply.

Technical studies to inform our plans

Various technical studies have been undertaken to inform and support the policies contained within our plans. Our technical studies are divided by the following themes:

Contact information

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