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:

Previous 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. Public consultation on the neighbourhood plan took place between 25 August 2017 and Monday 9 October 2017.

Following the receipt of the report of an independent examiner, we have agreed that the neighbourhood plan should proceed to referendum on Thursday 8 March 2018. 

Approved neighbourhood areas

Great and Little Kimble-cum-Marsh parish

On 13 November 2017, we designated a neighbourhood area in Great and Little Kimble-cum-Marsh parish. This area follows the parish boundaries, and is the same area as that applied for by Great and Little Kimble-cum-Marsh Parish Council. A map of the neighbourhood area is set out below alongside a statement setting out a summary of the consultation on the proposed area and the reasons for the designation. 

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 12 February 2018 we confirmed the re-designation of the Daws Hill Neighbourhood Forum. This enables the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan to continue for Daws Hill Neighbourhood Area.

  • Daws Hill neighbourhood forum application  [PDF | 1.34MB] – The application document includes the name of the proposed neighbourhood forum, the name of the area which the application relates to, contact details and the proposed written constitution for the Daws Hill neighbourhood forum.
  • Daws Hill neighbourhood area map [PDF | 1.09MB] – Map identifying the neighbourhood area to which the neighbourhood forum application relates to.

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.

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