New local plan

We are developing the Wycombe District Local Plan ("new local plan"), which sets out our planning vision, objectives and strategy between now and 2031.

The new local plan will:
  • recognise the high environmental quality of the district
  • set out where best to accommodate the homes, jobs and infrastructure we need in the most sustainable way

The new local plan will replace the Wycombe District Local Plan: made up of the core strategy (2008) and the Local Plan (adopted 2004).

New local plan development stages

To date

Community conversations, 2012 and 2013: to inform, advise, and shape the direction of our new local plan options for consideration.

Options consultation, February to April 2014: set out a range of options for consideration based upon evidence collected, housing and strategic needs. We consulted on these options to help develop more detailed proposals.

Draft Wycombe District Local Plan, June to August 2016: a more detailed draft plan with draft policies to deliver our vision and objectives. We consulted on the draft plan in advance of preparing a final draft for public consultation.

Princes Risborough town plan, February to April 2016: now forms part of the new local plan development.

Publication version of the Wycombe District Local Plan, October to December 2017: based upon previous consultation, this is our proposed submission to the planning inspector who will hold a public examination of the draft plan.

Current stage

We are now collating comments from the publication version consultation.

In the future

Submission of the Wycombe District Local Plan to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, planned for March 2018: this will be the version which will be subject to a public examination.

Public examination of the Wycombe District Local Plan: the government will appoint an inspector who will hold a public examination and make recommendations. Planned: June/July 2018.

Adopted Wycombe District Local Plan: this will be the final plan adopted by Wycombe District Council following the inspector's recommendations. Planned: 2019.

Supporting evidence

New local plan supporting evidence: the new local plan is evidence based. There is a large library of supporting documents setting out the evidence at each stage of the process.