New local plan, publication version: supporting evidence
This page refers to consultation on the Wycombe district local plan publication version in 2017. For current content please see New local plan: examination
Our local plan is informed by a range of studies and other reports which collectively form the evidence that supports our local plan. You may find copies of these evidence documents on this page.
This page links to the key evidence for the new local plan. In addition, see Draft Wycombe District Local Plan supporting evidence to view a range of previously published evidence.
We have produced a series of topic papers to accompany the Wycombe District Local Plan (Regulation 19) Publication Version (October 2017). Topic papers explain how the strategy has developed and the information, evidence and feedback that has informed the choices made in formulating the policies and also set out what we foresee as the key issues and how these have been resolved.
Local Plan process and supporting documents
Statement of representations procedure and statement of fact
The statement of representations procedure and statement of fact set out how and by when to make representations, how to express interest in appearing at the Examination, as well as where to find out more about the plan and supporting evidence.
Statement of consultation
This statement of consultation has been prepared in accordance with regulation 22 (of the 2012 Local Planning Regulations). The report sets out how consultation has helped to shape the new local plan.
This report demonstrates how the Local Plan complies with soundness tests set out in national legislation by carrying out a compliance check.
Equalities impact assessment
As a public body, we are required to comply with our public sector equality duty set out in the Equalities Act (2010). To that end, we have produced an assessment of the local plan to demonstrate that we have had due regard to the requirements of the act.
Local development scheme
The Wycombe Local Development Scheme [PDF | 1.06MB] sets out our work programme for the main planning policy documents we intend to prepare over the next three years. In particular it includes:
- what local plans we intend to produce
- the subject matter and geographical area the plans relate to
- the timetable for the preparation of the documents
- the status of each document
Statement of community involvement
The statement of community involvement sets out how we engage with the local community in planning, including planning applications and consultation on our Local Plan.
Duty to cooperate
The "duty to cooperate" is a legal duty on authorities to work closely together in preparing their local plans to address strategic issues.
The duty to cooperate report sets out how we have worked with our partners to meet this legal duty.
Memoranda of understanding
As a part of our ongoing work on the duty to cooperate, we have entered into various memoranda of understanding with neighbouring local authorities and other key partners. These agreements set out how we will work together to meet the duty to cooperate, and how various strategic issues will be addressed.
In August 2015, together with Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern district councils, we produced a memorandum of understanding setting out how we will work together across various topic areas to meet the duty to cooperate. This was then updated in February 2016 to include South Bucks District Council as a part of the earlier agreement.
A separate memorandum of understanding was signed on 8 December 2016 between Wycombe and Aylesbury Vale District Councils setting out how we will work together to address unmet housing needs.
On 13 July 2017, the Buckinghamshire district councils (Wycombe, Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, and South Bucks ) and the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership jointly signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU). This MoU covers how we have worked together, and will continue to work together, on a wide range of topics, including housing and the economy.
On 25 September 2017, we signed a memorandum of understanding with Buckinghamshire County Council. This MoU covers how we have worked together, and will continue to work together, on a wide range of topics, including infrastructure, traffic modelling, and Green Belt issues.
In February 2017, we signed a memorandum of understanding with the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. This MoU sets out how we have agreed to work together on a range of topics including housing and the economy.
In September 2017, we signed a memorandum of understanding with South Oxfordshire District Council. This MoU sets out how we have agreed to work together on a range of topics including housing and the economy.
In October 2017, we signed a memorandum of understanding with Network Rail. This MoU sets out how we will work together with Network Rail to facilitate the delivery of infrastructure improvements associated with the expansion of Princes Risborough. Buckinghamshire County Council and Princes Risborough Town Council are also signatories to this agreement.
In January 2018, we signed an updated memorandum of understanding with Aylesbury Vale District Council covering how we will continue to work together on a wide range of topics, including housing.
Sustainability appraisal, strategic environmental assessment, and habitats regulation assessment
A sustainability appraisal has been produced in parallel with the preparation of the new local plan. This is because local plans are likely to have significant environmental, social, and economic effects. A sustainability appraisal ensures that potential environmental effects are given full consideration alongside social and economic issues.
Previous stages of the new local plan were accompanied by earlier drafts of the sustainability appraisal. This includes the draft Princes Risborough Town Plan, which now forms a part of the Wycombe District Local Plan.
In February 2014 we published an issues and options consultation document on our new local plan, which was supported by an initial version of the sustainability appraisal. This sustainability appraisal was made up of two documents. The initial sustainability appraisal report is the initial assessment of the impacts of the new Wycombe District Local Plan against social, economic and environmental objectives. The sustainability appraisal / strategic environmental assessment scoping report establishes the scope and the methodology for the sustainability appraisal process.
Habitats regulations assessment
The Habitats Regulations Assessment aims to assess the effects (direct or indirect) of the local plan alone or in combination with other plans and projects against the conservation objectives of any European sites within or near the District.
A draft habitats regulations assessment screening report was also produced in 2016 to support the draft Princes Risborough Town Plan. This has now been superseded by the Local Plan HRA screening report.
Housing and economic development needs
Buckinghamshire housing market and functional economic areas
A report was jointly commissioned by the four Buckinghamshire district councils (Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe) to identify the housing market area(s) (HMA) and functional economic market area(s) (FEMA) that the Bucks districts lie within.
Following the announcement that Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils would jointly produce a local plan for their areas, a note was produced setting out the impact of the joint plan on the housing market area.
An update to the housing market areas and functional economic market areas report was produced in 2016 to take account of additional data that had been made available since the production of the original report.
Housing and economic development needs assessment (HEDNA)
The Buckinghamshire Housing and Economic Development Needs Assessment (HEDNA) sets out the housing and economic development needs for the Buckinghamshire housing market area and functional economic market area, consisting of Aylesbury Vale, Wycombe, Chiltern, and South Bucks districts.
The HEDNA was published in December 2016.
An addendum to the HEDNA was published in September 2017. The addendum takes account of property market analysis, and provides additional forecasts (a labour supply and bottom up forecast) and projections based on the past completions of employment land, to place the existing employment land forecasts into context (labour demand) for the purposes of advising the local plan. The HEDNA addendum also includes an erratum to the Bucks HEDNA (December 2016) and provides additional analysis on affordable housing ownership.
The previous version of the HEDNA assessment was published in January 2016, and informed the draft version of the new Local Plan which was consulted on in June-August 2016.
Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks, and Wycombe District Councils jointly commissioned consultants to produce the HEDNA. A methodology statement was produced to set out how the assessment was carried out.
The draft findings of the Bucks HEDNA have been shared at a series of stakeholder forums. The presentation which was given at those forums by our consultants may be viewed on this page.
The HEDNA was previously known as the strategic housing market assessment (SHMA). A SHMA was produced in January 2014 to inform the issues and options stage of our Local Plan.
Our work on the HEDNA has been informed by advice published by the Planning Advisory Service (PAS):
Housing and economic land supply
Housing and economic land availability assessment (HELAA), including five year housing land supply
The housing and economic land availability assessment (HELAA) helps to identify future sources of land to help meet the district's development needs. It is a technical study of all potential housing, economic, and retail sites within Wycombe district. It was formerly referred to as the strategic housing land availability assessment (SHLAA).
It includes an assessment of our housing supply against our housing target.
The September 2017 HELAA report is supported by the following appendices:
We have prepared a table which summarises how housing is being distributed over the period 2013-2036. It includes housing completions for the period 2013-16, permitted sites, allocations, and windfall. This data is presented across each tier of our settlement hierarchy.
A joint methodology was commissioned by Wycombe, Chiltern, South Bucks, and Aylesbury Vale District Councils for their respective housing and economic land availability assessments (HELAA). The purpose of the assessment is to identify a future supply of land which is suitable, available and achievable for housing and economic development uses over the plan period.
A previous version of the HELAA was completed in November 2015, and informed the draft Local Plan consulted on in summer 2016.
Housing fact sheets
We have produced a pair of notes which set out the background to housing numbers and distribution in the new local plan. The first of the notes covers issues relating to the District-wide allocation of housing, while the second relates to the two proposed site allocations at Bourne End.
Buckinghamshire housing delivery study
We have received a study commissioned by the four Buckinghamshire district councils (Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks, and Wycombe) which assesses the delivery of new homes in Buckinghamshire up to the end of March 2033.
The study considers if there is a limit on the number of new homes that can be delivered in Aylesbury Vale, as well as the lead-in times and anticipated delivery rates for the Princes Risborough expansion area, and for four large sites which Chiltern and South Bucks Councils are considering releasing from the Green Belt for residential development.
This study will inform discussions between authorities about delivering the objectively assessed housing need (OAN) for Buckinghamshire.
This report makes use of the findings of a research paper carried out by Lichfields, Start to Finish: how quickly do large-scale housing sites deliver? (external website). This report looks at, amongst other things, the rates at which large-scale development can be reasonably expected to be delivered on a national level.
Review of housing capacity in Wycombe District Local Plan
GL Hearn, acting on behalf of Aylesbury Vale District Council, produced a review of the housing capacity of the Wycombe district. The review was submitted to Wycombe District Council in response to the consultation on the draft new Local Plan for the Wycombe district.
Development capacity of green belt and AONB sites
This report provide high-level development capacity advice for the various housing sites identified in our AONB and green belt assessments.
Gypsies, travellers and travelling showpeople
We have a legal requirement to plan to meet the site/accommodation needs of gypsies, travellers and travelling showpeople. This study, received in February 2017 and published in September 2017, has been carried out by consultants Opinion Research Services on behalf of the four districts in Buckinghamshire. It provides robust, up to date evidence about the accommodation needs of gypsy, traveller and travelling showpeople in the period until 2033, and takes account of changes to the planning definition of travellers and travelling showpeople contained within the Government's Planning Policy for Traveller Sites (2015).
Previous versions of this study were carried out in August 2013 and October 2014, and informed the early development of our approach to meeting the needs of gypsies, travellers, and travelling showpeople.
We commissioned Boyer to provide commercial property advice on the appropriate provision of employment allocations and the scope for additional business development across several potential employment locations in terms of scale and type of employment floor space. We have used the report’s recommendations to advise our draft local plan.
Economy study and employment land review
This report, produced by our consultants Peter Brett Associates, is an assessment of the District's future economic needs and a review of employment land.
A short term review of employment sites was taken to our Cabinet on 21 September 2015.
The town centres and retail study appraises the district's town centres, estimates the scope for new retail floorspace and provides recommendations for a strategy for retail policy in the district.
Office market assessment
An assessment, undertaken by Chandler Garvey, was carried out to examine the office sector in High Wycombe Town Centre.
Separately, a lease availability assessment for Globe Business Park in Marlow was carried out by Deriaz Slater.
Assessments were produced to support the Wycombe District Local Plan assessing the traffic impact of additional housing and employment-related land use in and around the High Wycombe and Princes Risborough urban areas, and the role of transport network improvements in mitigating that impact.
Buckinghamshire countywide traffic modelling
The consultants Jacobs were commissioned to assess the transport impact of the emerging local plan proposals for the districts within Buckinghamshire, comprising Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe.
Phase three of the modelling support work focussed on producing a revised development scenario to update the "do something" scenario identified as a part of the phase two work. Mitigation schemes were also tested, and significant impacts outside of the county were noted, where they proved to be significant.
The third phase of the Countywide Modelling was supported by two appendices. Appendix A showed the peak and interpeak traffic flows for the main settlements in Buckinghamshire. Appendix B showed the outputs of the modelling at a county level.
Phase two of the modelling support work primarily focussed on identifying improvements to the transport network which may be required in order to mitigate the impacts identified as part of the phase one work, and assessing the extent to which those improvements mitigated the impacts.
Phase 2 of the countywide modelling was supporting by two appendices. Appendix A showed the peak and interpeak traffic flows for the main settlements in Buckinghamshire across a range of different growth scenarios. Appendix B showed the outputs of the modelling at a county level.
This report covers the first phase of work, which primarily focuses on the identification of transport related issues to inform the development of potential mitigation options. There are three scenarios for the County - a "Do- Minimum" (DM) model run (essentially a base line reference case), and two "Do Something" (DS1 & DS2) forecast scenarios. DS1 includes a new settlement location at Haddenham and DS2 includes a new settlement location at Winslow. The report refers only to selected model outputs (Plots).
The second stage of work may include further model runs with refinements to the development scenarios and transport schemes to mitigate development impacts and contribute to the final submission.
Appendices A and B show the outputs for each scenario along with the base position from the model (county wide).
Appendix A (model output plots showing demand flows, demand flow differences, congestion ratios and change in travel time for key settlements in each District)
- Appendix A: Pages 1 - 84 (external website) covering the demand flows for the Do Minimum AM peak, interpeak, and PM peak, and Do Something 1 AM peak.
- Appendix A: Pages 85 - 164 (external website) covering the demand flows for the Do Something 1 interpeak and PM peak, and the Do Something 2 AM peak and interpeak
- Appendix A: Pages 165 - 245 (external website) covering the Do Something 2 PM peak demand flows, and the demand flow differences for the Do Something 1 AM peak, interpeak, and PM peak.
- Appendix A: Pages 246 - 326 (external website) covering the demand flow differences for the Do Something 2 AM peak, interpeak, and PM peak, and the base year AM peak congestion ratio.
- Appendix A: Pages 327 - 406 (external website) covering the congestion ratios for the base year interpeak and PM peak, and the Do Minimum AM peak and interpeak.
- Appendix A: Pages 407 - 506 (external website) covering the congestion ratios for the Do Minimum PM peak, Do Something 1 AM peak, interpeak, and PM peak, and the Do Something 2 AM peak.
- Appendix A: Pages 507 - 607 (external website) covering the congestion ratios for the Do Something 2 interpeak and PM peak, and the change in travel time for the Do Something 1 AM peak, interpeak, and PM peak.
- Appendix A: Pages 608 - 667 (external website) covering the change in travel time Do Something 2 AM peak, interpeak, and PM peak.
Appendix B (countywide model output plots showing demand flows, demand flow differences, congestion ratios and change in travel time across the County and for each District)
- Appendix B: Pages 1 - 25 (external website) covering the demand flows for the Do Minimum option for Buckinghamshire County and the four district councils.
- Appendix B: Pages 26 - 53 (external website) covering the demand flows for the Do Something 1 option for Buckinghamshire County and the four district councils, and the demand flows for Do Something 2 for Buckinghamshire County and Aylesbury Vale DC.
- Appendix B: Pages 54 - 74 (external website) covering the demand flows for the Do Something 2 option for Chiltern, South Bucks, and Wycombe, and the demand flow differences for the Do Something 1 option for Buckinghamshire County and Aylesbury Vale.
- Appendix B: Pages 75 - 94 (external website) covering the demand flow differences for the Do Something 1 option for Chiltern, South Bucks, and Wycombe, and the demand flow differences for Do Something 2 for Buckinghamshire County and Aylesbury Vale.
- Appendix B: Pages 95 - 115 (external website) covering the demand flow differences for the Do Something 2 option for Chiltern, South Bucks, and Wycombe, and the congestion ratio base year for Buckinghamshire County and Aylesbury Vale.
- Appendix B: Pages 116 - 135 (external website) covering the congestion ratio base year for Chiltern, South Bucks, and Wycombe, and the congestion ratio for the Do Minimum option for Buckinghamshire County and Aylesbury Vale.
- Appendix B: Pages 136 - 155 (external website) covering the congestion ratio for the Do Minimum option for Chiltern, South Bucks, and Wycombe, and the congestion ratio for Do Something 1 for Buckinghamshire County and Aylesbury Vale.
- Appendix B: Pages 156 - 175 (external website) covering the congestion ratio for the Do Something 1 option for Chiltern, South Bucks, and Wycombe, and the congestion ratio for Do Something 2 for Buckinghamshire County and Aylesbury Vale.
- Appendix B: Pages 176 - 196 (external website) covering the congestion ratio for the Do Something 2 option for Chiltern, South Bucks, and Wycombe, and the change in travel time for Do Something 1 for Buckinghamshire County and Aylesbury Vale.
- Appendix B: Pages 197 - 208 (external website) covering the change in travel times for the Do Something 1 option for Chiltern, South Bucks, and Wycombe.
- Appendix B: Pages 209 - 228 (external website) covering the change in travel times for the Do Something 2 option for Buckinghamshire County and the four district councils.
Countywide Local Modelling 2014
Jacobs and Bucks County Council produced a pair of reports in October 2014 detailing the development and validation of the local transport model.
High Wycombe transport studies
Princes Risborough transport studies
Buckinghamshire countywide parking guidance
Bucks County Council's countywide parking guidance sets out the approach to parking throughout the county, explaining how much parking new developments should provide.
Infrastructure and delivery
Our local plan allocates land for a range of uses including housing, retail, and business. Appropriate infrastructure is required to ensure that future development is accompanied by the services and facilities needed.
Our infrastructure delivery plan assesses the infrastructure needed to support new development in the Wycombe district.
Our community services team have also produced a note which assesses the need for a new cemetery in the Wycombe district.
Following the close of the consultation on the draft Local Plan consultation in summer 2016, we produced a briefing note outlining how we will secure the necessary infrastructure to support new development.
We also produced a briefing note in April 2017 addressing specific infrastructure concerns regarding the planned expansion of Princes Risborough.
The draft Wycombe District Local Plan and draft Princes Risborough Town Plan, both of which were consulted on in 2016, were supported by earlier drafts of the infrastructure delivery plan.
In January 2014 we published a report into the initial feedback we had received from infrastructure providers. This report fed into the assessment of issues and options for our Local Plan.
Community facilities strategy and sports facilities strategy
In developing the proposals for the Wycombe District Local Plan and its associated infrastructure delivery plan, we have had regard to the community facilities strategy and sports facilities strategy for the Wycombe District.
Tree canopy cover assessment
As part of the green infrastructure work, we have produced a study estimating the canopy cover in Wycombe district. The study also compares other data on human health, wellbeing, and factors such as crime rates, house prices, social deprivation and life expectancy to observe if there was any correlation with tree canopy cover.
Local wildlife sites
A technical note has been produced to support the local plan, supporting the designation of several new local wildlife sites.
Open space framework
The Open Spaces framework describes what open space provision exists across the district and in the individual settlements. It provides a common information base and sets out our approach to the provision and planning of open space including local standards.
Flood risk and water
Strategic flood risk assessment
A strategic flood risk assessment level 2 was completed in September 2017 to assess those proposed site allocations which lie within areas of medium to high flood risk, and consider whether they pass the tests set out in National Planning Policy to be allocated for development, and if they would be deliverable.
The SFRA level 2 is supported by the following appendices:
A level 2 strategic flood risk assessment was completed to inform the draft Princes Risborough Town Plan in February 2016. This has since been superseded by the strategic flood risk assessment level 2, above.
The strategic flood risk assessment level 1 was completed in November 2014 and was developed to provide an overview of flood risk within the district, a methodology for the application of the sequential test and the information necessary for us to apply the sequential test to potential new developments during the site allocation process.
Flood risk sequential test
We have produced a flood risk sequential test report as a part of the evidence base for the new local plan. This report demonstrates that most sites allocated for development in the new local plan have been proposed in those areas of lowest possible flood risk, and that where sites have to be allocated in higher flood risk areas that they pass the sequential test, and where appropriate, the exception test.
A flood risk sequential test report was produced as a part of the evidence base to support the draft Princes Risborough Town Plan in February 2016. It has been superseded by the above flood risk sequential test, which covers the whole of Wycombe District including Princes Risborough.
Flood risk management strategy
Bucks County Council have produced an update to their local flood risk management strategy. It has been updated earlier than anticipated following the flooding incidents during winter 2013/14 and in light of legislative changes.
Bucks County Council also has the responsibility to investigate flooding incidents, and have published reports into investigations of sites in the Wycombe District.
Surface water management plan
A surface water management plan for Chesham and High Wycombe was completed in November 2011, and is intended to identify sustainable responses to manage surface water flooding and to prepare Action Plans.
Princes Risborough groundwater study
Buckinghamshire County Council have produced a report independent of our own flood risk assessment work which analyses the contribution of groundwater to flooding in Princes Risborough. This has been done by carrying out hydraulic modelling of the flood risk from groundwater in the Princes Risborough area for 1 in 100 and 1 in 30 annual exceedance probability groundwater flood events.
The report assesses whether the planned growth will have significant effects on the environmental capacity of the Princes Risborough and Little Marlow wastewater treatment works receiving watercourses and prevent them to meet their Water Framework Directive objectives.
The report also provides an initial modelling and assessment of the required odour buffer at Princes Risborough.
River basin management plan
The Department for Food, Environment, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Environment Agency have published a series of management plans for river basins to provide a framework for protecting and enhancing the benefits provided by the water environment. One of these, the Thames River Basin Management Plan, covers our district and has been a consideration in the development of our Local Plan.
Green Belt review
The assessment of the Buckinghamshire green belt is in two parts.
Part 2 green belt assessment
Part 2 assesses a number of sites within the Wycombe district, against the green belt purposes set out by the government in the National Planning Policy Framework. It also makes an initial assessment of their development potential.
The part 2 contains the main report and appendices which contain individual pro-formas which assess each site individually, as well as a critical friend assessment by independent consultants Arup of the part 2 assessment.
A draft of the Green Belt part two assessment was produced in 2016 to inform the draft Local Plan that was consulted on in summer 2016:
Part 1 green belt assessment
Part 2 follows on from a Buckinghamshire green belt assessment, which is known as the "part 1" assessment.
The methodology sets out how the Green Belt land parcels will be assessed against national green belt purposes. The annexes which accompany the study assesses the parcels of the Bucks Green Belt against the purposes for such land set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). This will feed into Part 2 of the study, in which parcels will be looked at in more detail.
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Assessment
We have produced a report which assesses whether there are any opportunities to meet our housing and economic development needs that should be identified in the local plan for villages that are located within the Chiltern’s AONB but are not within the green belt.
A draft report on proposed site allocations in the AONB at Lane End and Stokenchurch was produced in 2016 to inform the draft Local Plan, which was consulted on in summer 2016:
Landscape character assessment
The landscape character assessment provides a greater understanding of the landscape character of the Wycombe District which can be used to inform policy, planning and management actions. It consists of a main report, analyses of the various key landscape character types found in the Wycombe district, and five appendices.
Landscape sensitivity reports
Landscape sensitivity and capacity studies have been conducted to inform the expansion proposals of some of our towns and villages by highlighting landscape sensitivities, and to inform how much capacity there might be for growth at each settlement. These documents are not landscape or visual impact assessments, which would be carried out at a later stage in the process to assess the impact of a specific development proposal.
Strategic sites studies
As a part of assessing the development options to take forward as a part of the allocations process for the new local plan, an appraisal of the constraints and opportunities presented by a variety of sites has been carried out. In producing this study, the landscape assessment of the sites has been considered, along with other site-specific issues relating to a range of factors.
It should be noted that this assessment is for high-level development capacity setting purposes only and further assessment work will be required to confirm the conclusions reached and finalise the urban design principles for each site.
In formulating our approach to the historic environment in the Wycombe District Local Plan, we have taken into account a number of pieces of evidence.
The Historic Environment Record (HER) is held and maintained by Buckinghamshire County Council. The HER is a record of archaeological finds as well as historical buildings, landscapes, and other heritage assets.
Conservation area appraisals
Wycombe District has 61 designated conservation areas, many of which have a character appraisal setting out the special interest of the conservation area.
- See Conservation areas to view details and appraisals (where completed) for each of our conservation areas.
In particular, we have identified the following conservation areas as being closely related to site allocations put forward in the Local Plan.
The settlement hierarchy study is an assessment of all the settlements in the district to assess the role they play and allow a judgement on their ability to accommodate growth.
A settlement hierarchy study was produced in June 2016 to support the draft Local Plan.
Princes Risborough specific
The Wycombe District Local Plan proposes a major expansion at Princes Risborough across the plan period (2013-2033) and beyond. These expansion proposals have been informed by a series of studies (including transport work, listed above).
See Princes Risborough Town Plan for further background on the evolution of this approach, including our ongoing engagement with the community via the Princes Risborough steering group.
See also the Cabinet papers for a Special Cabinet held on Monday 12 December, 2016, which included an item (agenda item 55) on the Local Plan and Princes Risborough.
Part of the planned expansion of Princes Risborough takes in land adjacent to the Princes Risborough wastewater treatment works. These reports analyse the need for an odour buffer around this site.
Reserve sites technical studies and development briefs
The five reserve sites - Abbey Barn North, Abbey Barn South, Gomm Valley and Ashwells, Terriers Farm, and Slate Meadow, Bourne End - are sites which were reserved to meet the future development needs of Wycombe District in the 2008 Core Strategy. Our Council decided to release these sites to help meet our housing needs in late 2014.
As none of the reserve sites have achieved planning permission at this time, they are also being allocated as development sites in the Wycombe District Local Plan.
A series of studies have been undertaken to inform the infrastructure needs of developing these five sites:
Work is underway to prepare development briefs for each reserve site, supported by a series of liaison groups made up of members of the local community.
Abbey Barn South development brief
The Abbey Barn South development brief was adopted in August 2016.
- Abbey Barn South development brief [PDF | 11.78MB]
- See Abbey Barn reserve sites for further information on the evolution of the development brief and our ongoing work relating to the Abbey Barn North reserve site, including our ongoing engagement with the Abbey Barn North and South liaison group.
Gomm Valley and Ashwells development brief
The Gomm Valley and Ashwells development brief was adopted in July 2017.
Terriers Farm draft development brief
We consulted on a draft development brief for Terriers Farm between 17 October and 28 November 2016.
Slate Meadow draft development brief
We consulted on a draft development brief for Slate Meadow between 21 August and 2 October 2017.
Thames Water had previously identified a site to be safeguarded for a drinking water reservoir. In a letter dated 18 May 2017 we received confirmation that this site was no longer a preferred site for this infrastructure.
Viability assessments support the development of the new local plan. These assessments consider the viability of a number of development scenarios, using both notional and proposed strategic sites.
Other relevant planning policy
National planning policy
National planning policy is set out within the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).
The Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) also known as the National Planning Practice Guidance, sets out guidance for the application of the policies within the NPPF.
The government has also published a separate Planning Policy for Traveller Sites (PPTS) which sets out the national planning policy for the travelling community.
Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership
Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) have a key role to play in delivering local growth by directing strategic regeneration funds and in providing economic leadership through their Strategic Economic Plans. In our area, this role is filled by the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP), who have produced a strategic economic plan (SEP) which we have had regard to when developing our Local Plan.
Natural Environment Partnership
Local Nature Partnerships work strategically to help their local areas manage the natural environment and they are encouraged to work at a broader ‘landscape scale’. In our area, the local nature partnership is the Buckinghamshire Milton Keynes Natural Environment Partnership. They have produced a vision and principles for the improvement of green infrastructure in Buckinghamshire, which we have considered in the development of our own green infrastructure policies.
Buckinghamshire Local Transport Plan 4
Local Transport Plan 4 (LTP4) was adopted by Bucks County Council on 28 April 2016. It sets out Bucks County Council's vision for how transport issues can be managed to make Buckinghamshire a great place to live and work.
Southern Quadrant Transport Strategy
Buckinghamshire County Council's "Southern Quadrant Transport Strategy" covers a much wider area and responds to a series of development proposals on the south side of High Wycombe, including the one at Daws Hill.
Highways England route strategies
Highways England have produced a series of route strategies, assessing the performance of and pressures on the strategic route network (motorways and A-roads). Two of these strategies assess portions of the network which pass through Wycombe District.
Manual for streets
Manual for streets are a pair of documents that set out guidance for practitioners involved in the design, planning and approval of new residential streets and modifications to existing ones.
Wycombe Development Plan and supporting documents
At 16 October 2017, the Wycombe Development Plan consists of the following documents:
The policies set out within the development plan are shown on the policies map:
Wycombe adopted supplementary planning documents
We have produced a number of supplementary planning documents (SPDs) which set out how particular sites or topics should be approached in planning policy terms. Some of these relate to sites or topics which relate to policies in the Wycombe District Local Plan (Regulation 19) publication version.
See planning guidance to view all of our adopted supplementary planning documents and other published planning guidance.
See also reserve sites technical studies and development briefs on this page for information relating to the five reserve sites: Abbey Barn North, Abbey Barn South, Gomm Valley and Ashwells, Terriers Farm, and Slate Meadow.