Neighbourhood area and forum applications
On 10 September 2012 our Cabinet agreed to designate a neighbourhood area in the Daws Hill area of High Wycombe. This decision follows a call-in through our Improvement and Review Commission, and the receipt of some legal advice regarding the decision. The decision notice, which can be downloaded below, identifies the area which now forms the Daws Hill Neighbourhood Area (the area bounded by the solid black line in figure 2 of the document).
As this is a reduced area from the one applied for, the decision notice sets out the reasons for this decision, in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012. Hard copies of this document can be viewed at our Council Offices in Queen Victoria Road, High Wycombe.
We have also formally designated the Daws Hill Residents Association (DHRA) as the neighbourhood forum for the Daws Hill Neighbourhood Area. This means that it now constitutes the Daws Hill Neighbourhood Forum (DHNF), and is authorised to act in relation to the Daws Hill Neighbourhood Area for the purposes of producing neighbourhood development plans and orders.
The DHRA's application for neighbourhood forum status contains contact details for the association and its co-chairmen. It also contains a 'terms of reference" document which, according to the formal designation, is taken to constitute the neighbourhood forum's written constitution, in accordance with Section 61F(5)(d) of the 1990 Town and Country Planning Act. These documents are available to view below.
The legal advice received regarding the decision can be downloaded below.
Application for judicial review
On 24 October 2012 we were notified by Leigh Day & Co, solicitors acting for the DHNF, of a prospective application for judicial review of our decision. Following the challenge the judge has found that we acted lawfully in the decision on the Neighbourhood Area.