Neighbourhood planning explained

The Localism Act introduces some fundamental changes to the planning system, including the creation of neighbourhood planning.

Neighbourhood planning allows communities to come together through a local parish council or neighbourhood forum to help shape the future of their areas. This includes where new houses, businesses and shops should go or what new development should look like. Plans could be simple or complex; they could contain several policies or they could directly grant planning permission for specific developments or uses.

Plans need to fit in with national and strategic policies.

Made (adopted) neighbourhood plans

Made (adopted) neighbourhood plans form a part of the Development Plan for the Wycombe district. This means that they are a material consideration when deciding applications for planning permission within their designated areas.

The following neighbourhood plans have been made, and form a part of the Development Plan for the Wycombe district:

Current neighbourhood plan consultations

Longwick-cum-Ilmer neighbourhood plan

Longwick-cum-Ilmer Parish Council has submitted a neighbourhood plan for its parish area for formal consultation. The plan will give the parish council more control over development in its area. Consultation began on 25 August 2017, and will close at 12 midnight on Monday 9 October 2017.

Following this consultation the plan will be submitted to an independent examiner, alongside the plan's supporting documents and the representations made at this stage. Subject to the outcome of the examination, the neighbourhood plan will then be the subject of a local referendum. 

Current neighbourhood area consultations

Great and Little Kimble-cum-Marsh parish

On Friday 8 September 2017, we began consultation on a proposed neighbourhood area in Great and Little Kimble-cum-Marsh parish. The proposed area follows the parish boundaries.

Approved neighbourhood areas

Bledlow-cum-Saunderton parish

On 13 October 2015, we designated a neighbourhood area in Bledlow-cum-Saunderton parish. This area follows the parish boundaries, and is the same area as that applied for by Bledlow-cum-Saunderton Parish Council. The documents below set out a map of the neighbourhood area and a statement setting out a summary of the consultation on the proposed area and the reasons for the designation.

Longwick-cum-Ilmer parish

On 2 March 2015, we designated a neighbourhood area in Longwick-cum-Ilmer parish. This area follows the parish boundaries, and is the same area as that applied for by Longwick-cum-Ilmer Parish Council. The documents below set out a map of the neighbourhood area and a statement setting out a summary of the consultation on the proposed area and the reasons for the designation.

Wooburn and Bourne End parish

On 9 February 2015, we designated a neighbourhood area in Wooburn and Bourne End parish. This area follows the parish boundaries, and is the same area as that applied for by Wooburn and Bourne End Parish Council. The documents below set out a map of the neighbourhood area and a statement setting out a summary of the consultation on the proposed area and the reasons for the designation.

Daws Hill

On 10 September 2012 our Cabinet agreed to designate a neighbourhood area in the Daws Hill area of High Wycombe. 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.

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.

Further information

  • Localism Act plain English guide (external website): a plain English guide explaining the Localism Act, produced by the Department of Communities and Local Government.
  • Neighbourhood planning (external website): a short explanation of what neighbourhood planning is, how it works and why it matters.
  • A guide to neighbourhood planning (external website): a further guide to neighbourhood planning, produced for the Campaign to Protect Rural England's Planning Help website.
  • My community rights (external website): what you need to know about neighbourhood planning and how to get started, including information about possible grants that may be available.
  • My community - neighbourhood planning (external website): Details of the latest Government support package for groups undertaking neighbourhood planning work
  • Community-led planning (external website): information and advice from Community Impact Bucks, including contacts for assistance in carrying out neighbourhood planning.
  • Notes on neighbourhood planning (external website): regular bulletins from the neighbourhood planning team at the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Contact information

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