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How to prepare a valid planning application

Submitting a valid application is straightforward if you follow the advice below. It explains how to ensure your application and supporting documents meet all requirements.

This webpage sets out the Local Validation List for Buckinghamshire Council which will come into effect for all planning applications received from 1 April 2020.

The Local Validation List was consultation on between 2 and 16 March 2020, we received 12 responses. A summary of comments received and our response is set out in the Local Validation List consultation responses [PDF | 253KB]

Before you start...

The Local Validation List for Buckinghamshire Council applies to the following application types:

  • householder planning permission
  • full planning permission
  • outline planning permission
  • applications for minerals and waste development
  • listed building consent
  • advertisement consent

Please check the planning applications and fees page for the information requirements for other application types.

What do I need to submit with my planning application?

For an application to be valid and meet our best practice guidelines, you must submit the documents required by the development you are proposing. These documents and requirements are set out below. The government also offers guidance on making a valid application (external website).

These documents are split into four categories:

It is important that you understand what documents are required to support your application. This is dependent on the location, scale or type of development you are proposing. Failure to provide the correct documents may result in your application being returned to you, or you may be asked to submit additional information as an amendment.

If you would like a full list of specific documents required to support your application, please use our Planning Advice Service.

The documents you will be required to submit sometimes depend on the scale / size of your development, these are in three main categories:

Householder applications

Planning applications for development within the curtilage of a dwellinghouse (not change of use).

Includes: extensions, conservatories, loft conversions, dormer windows, alterations, garages, car ports or outbuildings, swimming pools, walls, fences, domestic vehicular accesses including footway crossovers, porches and satellite dishes. 

Excludes: any work to flats, changing the number of dwellings (flat conversions, building a separate house in the garden), changes of use to part or all of the property to non-residential (including business) uses, or anything outside the garden of the property (including stables if in a separate paddock).

Minor applications

Development involving any one or more of the following:

  • residential development where 1 - 9 dwellinghouses will be provided; AND
  • building or buildings where floorspace to be created by the development is under 1,000sqm (includes buildings for residential use); OR
  • site area is below 1 hectare.

Major applications

Development involving any one or more of the following:

  • residential development where 10 or more dwellinghouses will be provided (or if number not stated, the site is 0.5 hectares or more); OR
  • building or buildings where floorspace to be created by the development is 1,000sqm or more (includes buildings for residential use); OR
  • site area is 1 hectare or more*

* replacement of a single dwellinghouse where the location site is 1 hectare or more is a major development, however major development documents are not required in this instance.

Minerals and waste applications

Applications for:

  • Mineral development comprises development consisting of the winning and working of minerals, infrastructure associated with their transport and the deposition of mineral waste. Other development on or adjacent to current or historic minerals sites may also fall to be determined by the Mineral Planning Authority.
  • Waste operations and uses of land. The Planning Practice Guidance (external website) provides a general, non-exhaustive list of matters which can be considered to be waste operations.

ALL minerals and waste applications are major applications.

 

You can find out your local area (formerly known as districts) by following these steps:

  1. Go to the Buckinghamshire Boundary Maps (external website)
  2. Open the layer control (3 stacked diamonds in the top-right corner)
  3. Unselect the 'Buckinghamshire Boundary' (by unticking the box) and select the 'Districts' map layer (by ticking the box)
  4. Search your property / site postcode
  5. Click on your property / site in the map window to see what local area your proposal is in.

The four local areas are:

  • Aylesbury Vale
  • Chiltern
  • South Bucks
  • Wycombe

If you are having any difficulty accessing maps, please contact your local area planning team.

 

Please submit each document (including plans) as a separate file.

Forms

Below are the forms you will need to complete and submit with your application. They are required for all applications.

 
What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance

a form setting out your development proposal and contact information

ALL APPLICATIONS

to process and record your application

see detailed guidance below

Please DO:

Best practice example:

How to prepare an application form

You can either complete your application form online through the planning portal (external website) or by downloading a copy (external website).

 Part of application form What this meansWhat do you need to submit / attach? 
 1. Site address The address of the property you are looking to submit an application form. Not applicable
 2. Applicant details Your contact details. Not applicable
 3. Agent details Your agent's contact details (if you're using an agent) Not applicable
 4. Description of proposed works A description of the work you are applying for Be specific on what is happening, not just where.
 5. Materials Details of the materials you will be using in your proposal

Specify existing materials as well as proposed materials.

Make sure to include details of the plans you will be submitting. We recommend including both existing and proposed plans and elevations of work you are applying for, these should all be named and numbered and include scale bars.

 6. Trees and hedges Details of any trees on site as well as those within falling distance of your proposed development You can mark their position on a scaled plan, make sure to include the plan reference number.
 7. Pedestrian and vehicle access, roads
and rights of way
Details of any new or altered pedestrian and vehicle access points. Not applicable
 8. Parking  Details of whether the proposed development affects existing parking arrangements. Not applicable
 9. Site visit Details on whether the site is visible from the outside of your property. If your proposal is in an area that is not visible from public land, the officer doing the site visit will contact you to arrange an appointment.
 10. Pre-application advice Have you used the Council's Planning Advice service? If yes, please include the reference number and the name(s) of any planning officers you have been in contact with
 11. Authority employee/member Declaration of whether you are a member of staff, an elected member, related to a member of staff, or related to an elected member of the Council Not applicable
12. Ownership certificates and agricultural
land declaration
Confirmation as to whether you are the owner of the property - fill in the appropriate certificate

Details on which certificate you should complete are in the Ownership Certificate section.

 13. Declaration Confirmation that you have submitted all necessary documents, and entered correct information

Ask yourself:

  • Are my contact / address details correct?
  • Have I described the work I want to do?
  • Have I submitted a location plan?
  • Have I submitted the existing and proposed plans? (Floor plans/elevations/roof)
  • Do my plans have scale bars?
  • Have I completed a Design and Access statement?
  • Are there any other documents I need to submit? (make sure to check all sections of this webpage)

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?

a certificate stating the ownership status of an application site

ALL APPLICATIONS

to confirm whether the landowner(s), leaseholder owner(s), or anyone with a mineral interest is making the application, or whether the landowner is aware of the application being made

Legislation:
The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) 2015 (as amended) (external website)

Please DO:

  • complete only one certificate (A, B, C, or D)

Which ownership certificate should be signed?

  • Certificate A - Sole ownership and no agricultural tenants
  • Certificate B - EITHER not the owner but know who is OR you are not the sole owner but you know who the other owners / agricultural tenants are
  • Certificate C - EITHER not the owner but you know some of the other owners / agricultural tenants OR you are an owner but only know some of the other owners / agricultural tenants
  • Certificate D - EITHER not the owner and do not know the owner(s) OR you are an owner but do not know any other owner(s) / agricultural tenant(s).

What is an 'owner'?

An 'owner' is anyone with a freehold interest, or leasehold interest the unexpired term of which is not less than 7 years. In the case of minerals development, a person entitled to an interest in a mineral in the land is also an owner. In the case of highways development, the highway authority are considered an owner.

What is an 'agricultural tenant'?

An 'agricultural tenant' is a tenant of an agricultural holding, any part of which is comprised in the land to which the application resides.

Best practice examples

 

Fee

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
the fees set by government that must be paid for certain application types ALL APPLICATIONS

the requirement for planning fees are set out by law

Legislation:
The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) Regulations 2012 (external website)

You can pay your fee using the correct payment service (below).

Please DO:

How to pay your planning fees:

If you are submitting your application via the Planning Portal you can pay your fees using their online service (external website).

If you are applying directly to your local area, you must pay using the relevant payment service below.

For applications for Minerals and Waste development please email the Minerals and Waste Team.

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
an assessment of whether an application may be liable to pay CIL or not

ALL APPLICATIONS (Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe areas ONLY)

to make sure CIL will be paid when required

see Planning Portal (external website) for information on what forms to submit

Local guidance:

see Community Infrastructure Levy (external website) (Chiltern)

see Community Infrastructure Levy (external website) (South Bucks)

see Community Infrastructure Levy (Wycombe)

Please DO:

  • make sure you've submitted the correct form
  • make sure all information on the form is accurate
  • make sure you're aware payment is made within 60 days of commencement of development (in full or in instalments)

How to find out what CIL Charging Zone your application falls under

Chiltern local area

South Bucks local area

Wycombe local area

  • Go to Wycombe MyMaps
  • Type in your property / site address
  • Open the 'Planning Constraints' Map Category using '+'
  • Select the 'Community Infrastructure Levy' map layer (by ticking the box)
  • Click on your property on the map screen and make a note of the Charging Zone

See the Community Infrastructure Levy page for further information on CIL in the Wycombe area.

If you are having any difficulty accessing maps, please contact your local area planning team.

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
a checklist identifying potential risk to ecology and trees on your development ALL APPLICATIONS This is a local requirement and is needed to ensure no protected habitats, wildlife, or trees are impacted by your development proposal By using our ecology and trees checklist [DOCX | 40KB]

Please DO:

  • accurately and completely fill the checklist (above)

Note: If you are unsure whether any trees / ecology will be affected by your proposals please seek planning advice.

 

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Plans and diagrams

Below are the plans and diagrams that must be submitted with your application. The specific plans and diagrams will depend on your proposal.

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
a plan showing the development in relation to the boundaries and on-site buildings ALL APPLICATIONS

This is a national requirement and is needed to record the area of your application.

Legislation:
The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) 2015 (as amended) (external website)

site plan - guidance (external website)

site plan - buy a planning map (external website)

Please DO:

  • scale plans at 1:500 or 1:200 and include a scale bar
    • A4 and A3 paper size are preferred; however larger plans are acceptable where this is inappropriate, ideally labelled with the paper size
  • make sure each plan has a unique reference number
  • use an up-to-date base map
  • show the direction of North

Site / Block plans must also show (if relevant)

  • buildings
  • roads
  • footpaths (including public rights of way)
  • trees on or adjoining the site
  • hard surfacing
  • boundary treatment including walls or fencing

Best practice example:

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
a plan showing the development in the context of the surrounding area ALL APPLICATIONS

This is a national requirement and is needed to assess your application in the context of the neighbouring area

Legislation:
The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) 2015 (as amended) (external website)

Location plan - guidance (external website)

Location plan - buy a planning map (external website) 

Please DO:

  • scale plans at 1:1250 or 1:2500 and include a scale bar
    • A4 and A3 paper size are preferred; however larger plans are acceptable where this is inappropriate, ideally labelled with the paper size
  • make sure each plan has a unique reference number
  • use an up-to-date base map
  • show roads or buildings on land adjoining the application site (preferably labelling at least two roads)
  • outline the application site clearly in red, including land required for access to the site from a public highway, visibility splays, landscaping, car parking and open areas around buildings
  • set out any additional land under the ownership of the applicant in blue if it immediately adjoins the proposed area

Please DO NOT:

  • submit more than one red line boundary per submission
  • submit plans drawn on Land Registry plans (due to copyright issues)

Best practice example:

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
drawings that show what your development looks like from the outside (typically all four sides of a building) ALL APPLICATIONS

This is a local requirement and is needed to assess what the finished development will look like from the outside

Policy:
NPPF paragraphs 124-132

Legislation:
The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) 2015 (as amended) (external website)

This must be scaled correctly.

Please DO:

  • scale plans at 1:100 or 1:50 and include a scale bar
    • A4 and A3 paper size are preferred; however larger plans are acceptable where this is inappropriate, ideally labelled with the paper size
  • make sure each plan has a unique reference number
  • show all sides of the proposal
  • show the proposed works in relation to the existing by using colour or hatching
  • include materials and style (where possible)
  • show bin and cycle storage (for flats and non-residential e.g. offices)
  • show relative heights / levels in street context (where relevant, e.g. hilly areas)

Best practice example:

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
diagrams showing the floor layout of your development on each level (typically shown top-down) ALL APPLICATIONS

This is a national and local requirement and is needed to assess what the finished floor plan will look like.

Policy:
NPPF paragraphs 124-132

Legislation:
The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) 2015 (as amended) (external website)

This must be scaled correctly.

Please DO:

  • scale plans at 1:100 or 1:50 and include scale bar
    • A4 and A3 paper size are preferred; however larger plans are acceptable where this is inappropriate, ideally labelled with the paper size
  • make sure each plan has a unique reference number
  • indicate where existing buildings and walls are to be demolished (with a dotted line)
  • show the proposed buildings in context with adjacent buildings
  • show bin and cycle storage (for flats and non-residential e.g. offices)
  • show measured volume of gross external area (for extended / replaced dwellings or outbuildings in the green belt)

How to find out if your proposal is in the Green Belt

For Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern and South Bucks Local Areas

  1. Go to the Buckinghamshire County Council Minerals and Waste Map Viewer (external website)
  2. Open the layer control (3 stacked diamonds in top right corner)
  3. Select only the ‘Green Belt (Bucks)’ layer
  4. Search your property / site address
  5. Check the map window to see if your proposal falls within the Green Belt

For Wycombe Local Area

  1. Go to Wycombe MyMaps
  2. Open the “Planning Policy” map category using “+”
  3. Select the “Green Belt” layer (by ticking the box)
  4. Click on your property in the map screen to see if it is within the Green Belt

If you are having any difficulty accessing maps, please contact your local area planning team.

Best practice example:

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
a diagram setting out the shape / design of a roof (shown from an aerial view) Proposals that involve alterations or new works to a roof

This is a local requirement and is needed to assess what the finished roof will look like.

Policy:
NPPF paragraphs 124-132

Legislation:
The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) 2015 (as amended) (external website)

This must be scaled correctly.

Please DO:

  • scale plans at 1:100 or 1:50 - with scale bar
    • A4 and A3 paper size are preferred; however larger plans are acceptable where this is inappropriate, ideally labelled with the paper size
  • make sure each plan has a unique reference number
  • include any relevant details (eg roofing materials, location of materials, plant, flues and chimneys)

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
diagrams showing cross-sections of a development and surrounding land

All proposals that involve alterations to ground levels.

Including: raised or sunken patios, decking, steps, etc.

There may be other proposals where you will need to submit this (see below).

This is a local requirement and is needed to assess the impact of your proposals on the ground levels.

Policy:
NPPF paragraphs 124-132

Legislation:
The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) 2015 (as amended) (external website)

see OS-Net (external website) for more information on the current OS datum points used

see also information on other benchmark figures used (external website).

Please DO:

  • scale plans at 1:100 or 1:50 and include a scale bar (1:200 will be acceptable for larger site areas)
    • A4 and A3 paper size are preferred; however larger plans are acceptable where this is inappropriate, ideally labelled with the paper size
  • make sure each plan has a unique reference number
  • show levels in the context of adjoining areas
  • reference an identified off-site OS datum point
  • show how encroachment onto adjoining land is to be avoided (if your proposal includes eaves, foundations, and retaining structures)
  • show the floor to ceiling level within a building
  • show (if any) voids within the building

Note: There may be other instances where your application should be supported by a site sections / levels plan, for example if your development is in a hilly are such as High Wycombe, or your site has steep topography. Please use the planning advice service to confirm whether this is required.

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance

diagrams that show proposed adverts, and details any associated illumination and fittings

All applications for advertisement consent.

This is a national requirement and is needed to assess the advert proposal on existing buildings and the local area.

Policy:
NPPF paragraphs 124-132

Legislation:
Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (England) Regulations 2007 (external website)

Local guidance:

Advertisements Advice Note [PDF | 794KB] (Wycombe)

Please DO:

  • scale plans at 1:100 or 1:50 and include a scale bar
    • A4 and A3 paper size are preferred; however larger plans are acceptable where this is inappropriate, ideally labelled with the paper size
  • make sure each plan has a unique reference number
  • show the advertisement size, the siting, materials and colours to be used and how they will be fixed
  • show the height above the ground and extent of projection
  • detail the method and colour(s) of the illumination / luminance
  • show a cross-section through all signs including through any supporting structures or walls
  • make sure plans reflect the answers to the dimensions set out in the application form

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance

drawings showing the internal sections (side view) of the designated heritage asset in relation to the works.

All applications for listed building consent involving:

- the change or alteration of floor levels.

- conversion of loft or basement into habitable room.

There may be other proposals where you will need to submit this (see below).

This is a local requirement and is needed to the impact of your proposal on the heritage asset.

Policy:
NPPF paragraph 189

See Historic England's guidance on Statements of Heritage Significance (external website)

See also Historic England guidance on decision-taking in the Historic Environment (external website)

Local Plan areaPolicy
Aylesbury Vale GP53 GP59 (AVDLP)
BE1 (emerging VALP)
Chiltern CS4 CS22 (CDCCS)
LB1 LB2 LB3 LB4 CA1 CA2 CA3 CA4 (CDCLP)
South Bucks C6 (SBDCLP)
CP8 (SBDCCS)
Wycombe DM31 CP11 (WDLP)

Please DO:

  • scale plans at 1:50 or 1:20 and include a scale bar
    • A4 and A3 paper size are preferred; however larger plans are acceptable where this is inappropriate, ideally labelled with the paper size
  • make sure each plan has a unique reference number
  • show the proposed works in relation to the existing structure
  • include a schedule of works and method statement

How to find out if your application contains a heritage asset

Heritage assets include:

  • listed buildings
  • scheduled ancient monuments
  • registered historic parks and gardens
  • registered battlefields
  • conservation areas
  • areas of archaeological importance / archaeological notification areas
  • protected wreck sites
  • world heritage sites
  • non-designated heritage assets (including locally listed buildings and significant buildings identified in a conservation area appraisal)
Conservation areas and archaeological notification areas
  1. Go to Buckinghamshire County Council’s historic maps (external website)
  2. Open the layer control (3 layered diamonds in top right-hand corner)
  3. Select the ‘Conservation Area’ and ‘Archaeological Notification Area’ layers
  4. Search your property / site address
  5. Check the map to see if your site contains any of these assets.
Listed buildings, scheduled ancient monuments, registered historic parks and gardens, world heritage site, protected wreck site, or battlefield
  1. Go to Historic England’s MapViewer (external website)
  2. Search your property/site address
  3. Check your property / site in the map screen to see if it contains a listed building, scheduled ancient monument, registered historic parks and garden, world heritage site, protected wreck site, or battlefield

If you are having any difficulty accessing maps, please contact your local area planning team.

Non-designated heritage assets / Locally Listed buildings

Note: There may be other instances where your application should be supported by internal section plans, for example: the conversion or alteration of designated heritage assets, proposals involving upgrade of a building for building regs purposes, or where proposed works affect internal characteristics of the structure. Please use the planning advice service to confirm whether this is required.

 

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Supporting information

Depending on your proposal, you are required to submit supporting information. These provide technical or other information we will need to validate your application.

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
a statement setting out whether affordable housing provision will be met as part of the proposal

required for:

- applications meeting affordable housing thresholds (see below)

This is a local requirement and is needed to assess whether affordable housing policies will be met

Policy:
NPPF
 paragraph 83

Please use our affordable housing form [DOCX | 31KB]

see Planning Obligations guidance on the Planning Practice Guidance website

Local guidance:

Affordable Housing – Interim Position Statement [PDF | 257KB] (Aylesbury Vale)

Affordable Housing SPD [PDF | 943KB] (Aylesbury Vale)

Affordable Housing SPD (external website) (Chiltern)

Affordable Housing SPD (external website) (South Bucks)

Planning Obligations SPD [PDF | 846KB] (Wycombe)

Local Plan AreaPolicy reference
Aylesbury Vale GP2 (AVDLP)
H1 H2
 (emerging VALP)
Chiltern CS8 (CDCCS)
South Bucks CP3 (SBDCCS)
Wycombe DM24 (WDLP)

Please DO:

  • use our affordable housing form template (above)
  • check whether your proposal will be expected to deliver affordable homes or financial contributions

Affordable housing thresholds

Aylesbury Vale area

  • Developments of 10 or more dwellings, OR
  • Site area of 0.5 hectares or more

Chiltern area

  • Developments of 5 or more self-contained homes in the AONB AND / OR
  • 10 or more self-contained homes AND / OR
  • Site area is 0.5 hectares or more

South Bucks area

  • Developments of 5 or more self-contained homes in the AONB AND / OR
  • 10 or more self-contained homes AND / OR
  • Site area is 0.5 hectares or more

Wycombe area

  • Developments of 10 or more dwellings (gross) or more than 1,000sqm of residential floorspace

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
a statement setting out details of the agricultural holding and justification for the development sought

required for:

ALL agricultural applications

- proposals involving an agricultural holding

This is a local requirement and is needed to assess the need for agricultural development

Policy:
NPPF
paragraph 83

Please use our Statement of Agricultural Need template [PDF | 39KB]

See GOV.UK (external website) for general guidance planning permission and farms

Your proposal must conform to local and national planning policy

Local Plan AreaPolicy reference
Aylesbury Vale No policy
Chiltern GB2 GB7 GB17 GB20 GB27 (CDCLP)
South Bucks No policy
Wycombe DM27 DM42 DM44 (WDLP)

Please DO:

  • use our agricultural statement template (above)
  • include details and the extent of the agricultural holding
  • specify the nature of agricultural activity being carried out
  • specify the numbers of expected additional vehicle movements (and type)
  • include detailed justification for the development proposal

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed? How to prepare / further guidance
a report demonstrating the expected changes to air quality or exposure to air pollutants as a result of a proposed development and identify mitigation measures

required for:

- ALL proposals in an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) (excluding householders)

- Major applications in settlements with an AQMA (see below)

- Major applications that require an EIA

- ALL minerals and waste applications

There may be other proposals where you will need to submit this (see below).

This is a local requirement and is needed to ensure your development does not lead to an adverse impact on air quality.

Policy:
NPPF
 paragraph 181

see Air Quality guidance on the Planning Practice Guidance (external website)

see DEFRA (external website) for information on specific AQMAs

see Bucks Air Quality (external website) for information on air quality issues in Buckinghamshire

Local guidance:

Aylesbury Air Quality Action Plan [PDF | 3.18MB] (Aylesbury Vale)

Air Quality Management webpages (external website) (Chiltern)

Air Quality Review and Assessment (external website) (South Bucks)

See draft Air Quality Supplementary Planning Document (Wycombe)

Local Plan AreaPolicy reference
Aylesbury Vale No policy
Chiltern CS4 CS25 CS26 (CDCCS)
South Bucks No policy
Wycombe CP12 DM20 DM33 (WDLP)
DM2 (DSA)

Please DO:

  • include baseline details
  • include the assessment methodology
  • explain the construction phase impact
  • explain the development impact
  • include the proposed mitigation measures

How to find out if your development is in an Air Quality Management Area

  1. Go to DEFRAs interactive AQMA map (external website)
  2. Select ‘AQMA Boundaries’ in the left-hand column
  3. Search your postcode
  4. Check the maps to see if your property / site area is within an AQMA

If you are having any difficulty accessing maps, please contact your local area planning team.

Settlements with an AQMA:

  • Aylesbury (Aylesbury Vale)
  • Chesham (Chiltern)
  • Iver Parish (South Bucks)
  • High Wycombe (Wycombe)
  • Marlow (Wycombe)

Note: There may be other instances where your application should be supported by an Air Quality Assessment (eg if your proposal involves the routing of HGV vehicles through AQMAs or involves industrial processes that release direct emissions into the air). Please use the planning advice service to confirm whether this is required.

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
a report setting out evidence of research into community need and how the development proposal will impact that need

All proposals that would result in the total or partial loss of a community facility (land or building).

There may be other proposals where you will need to submit this (see below).

to prevent the loss of essential community facilities

Policy:
NPPF paragraph 92

See ‘Open Space, sports and recreation facilities, public rights of way and local green space’ on Planning Practice Guidance (external website)

Sport England's ‘assessing needs and opportunities guide for indoor and outdoor sports facilities' [PDF | 7.23MB]

See Sport England's ‘Planning for Sport – Development Management' [PDF | 716KB]

Local guidance:

Sport and Leisure Facilities Supplementary Planning Guidance [PDF | 1.1MB] (Aylesbury Vale)

Cultural Facilities Audit and Needs Assessment [PDF | 364KB] (Aylesbury Vale)

Community Facilities SPD [PDF| 999KB] (Wycombe)
Local Plan AreaPolicy reference
Aylesbury Vale GP32 GP94 (AVDLP)
I3 (emerging VALP)
Chiltern CS29 (CDCCS)
CSF1 CSF2 (CDCLP)
South Bucks COM1 COM2 (SBDCLP)
Wycombe DM29 (WDLP)

Please DO:

  • include details of the community use(s) that would potentially be lost / partially lost by the proposed development
  • (for proposals affecting the loss of playing fields) include the existing playing field space and the impact on playing field space (including pitch provision)
  • include statistical evidence for different community needs around the development area
  • set out evidence of community needs (through consultation)
  • include other evidence of community needs that exist in the local area that could be met on the site
  • set out the methodology used for undertaking the Needs Assessment

What could be considered a 'community facility'?

Community facilities may include:

  • Public halls (including community/youth centres, church, and village halls)
  • Schools and non-residential training centres
  • Places of worship
  • Libraries
  • Day nurseries and creches
  • Health centres, clinics, consulting rooms (including doctors / dental surgeries)
  • Museums, art galleries, exhibition halls
  • Public houses
  • Post offices
  • Local shops
  • Indoor and outdoor sport facilities

Note: You may also be required to submit an 'evidence of marking statement' if your proposal involves the loss of a community facility. Please use the planning advice service if you are unsure whether your proposal affects a community facility.

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
a report setting out the framework for how a site responds to its local setting, and demonstrates how it can be accessed by users

required for:

ALL major applications

ALL listed building consent applications

- applications in a conservation area for one or more dwelling(s) OR a building with a floorspace of 100m2 or more

 

This is a national requirement and is needed to make sure your proposal fits in with the local area and is accessible

Legislation:
Section 9 of the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015 (as amended) (external website)

Section 10 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 (external website)

see Design and access statement guidance on Planning Portal (external website).

See Secured By Design (external website) for guidance on how to incorporate crime prevention measures into design.

Please DO:

  • explain the design principles and concepts that have been applied
  • demonstrate the appraisal process of the site and how that has been reflected in the design
  • explain the national and local policy approach towards access
  • state what consultation (if any) has been undertaken and any issues that have arisen
  • explain how any specific issues that might affect access have been addressed
  • if you can, state how planning policies are met (if not submitting a separate Planning Statement)
  • specify how crime prevention measures have been implemented into the design (alternatively you can do so as part of a Crime Prevention Strategy)

How to find out if your proposal is in a conservation area

  1. Go to Buckinghamshire County Council’s historic maps (external website)
  2. Open the layer control (3 layered diamonds in top right-hand corner)
  3. Select the ‘Conservation Area’ layer
  4. Search your property / site address
  5. Check the map to see if your site if within a conservation area.

If you are having any difficulty accessing maps, please contact your local area planning team.

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
a report summarising the findings of any ecological assessment carried out on the site

required when the Ecology and Trees checklist has indicated a report is required

This is a local requirement that is needed to ensure that protected species and habitats are not adversely harmed by development

Policy:
NPPF paragraphs 174-177

see Bucks guidance note on biodiversity and planning [PDF | 4.3MB]

see also biodiversity and geological conservation guidance on GOV.UK (external website).

Local guidance:

Protected species and the planning process (external website) (Aylesbury Vale)

Wildlife note - guidance for applicants and developers [PDF | 2MB] (Wycombe)

Local Plan AreaPolicy Reference
Aylesbury Vale NE1 (emerging VALP)
Chiltern CS24 (CDCCS)
South Bucks CP9 (SBDCCS)
Wycombe DM11 DM13 DM14 (DSA)
CP10 DM34 (WDLP)

Please DO:

  • summarise the findings of any ecology surveys carried out on the site (eg preliminary ecology appraisal, bat survey, etc)
  • assess the wildlife present on the site
  • suggest improvements for biodiversity
  • assess the proposal against local and national planning policy

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
a report summarising the findings of any arboricultural (trees) assessment carried out on the site Required when the Ecology and Trees checklist has indicated a report is required

to ensure that all retained trees are not harmed by development

Policy:
NPPF paragraphs 174-177

see BS5837:2012 - trees in relation to design, demolition and construction - recommendations (external website)

see also BS3998:2010 - tree works - recommendations (external website)

Local guidance:

Trees and the planning process [PDF| 163KB] (Aylesbury Vale)

Tree Strategy (external website) (Aylesbury Vale)

Planting a native hedgerow [PDF | 339KB] (Wycombe)

Tree Pit design in a hard surface environment [PDF | 116KB] (Wycombe)

Local Plan AreaPolicy Reference
Aylesbury Vale NE1 (emerging VALP)
Buckinghamshire Minerals and Waste Policy 18 (BMWLP)
Chiltern CS24 (CDCCS)
TW2 TW3 TW6 CA5 GB30 (CDCLP)
South Bucks CP9 (SBDCCS)
L10 (SBDCLP)
Wycombe CP10 DM34 (WDLP)
DM11 DM13 DM14 (DSA)

Please DO:

  • summarise the findings of any arboricultural work carried out on the site (eg arboricultural impact assessment, tree protection plan, etc)
  • include the appropriate level of detail as set out in Table B.1 in BS5837:2012 (summarised below)
 
Stage of planning process  Minimim detail required Additional information to be provided
 Pre-application
  •  Tree survey
  •  Draft tree retention / removal plan
Planning application
  • Tree survey
  • Tree retention / removal plan
  • Retained trees and Root Protection Areas (RPAs) shown on layout plan
  • Strategic hard and soft landscape design, including species and locations of new tree planting
  • Arboricultural Impact Assessment
  • Existing and proposed levels
  • Tree protection plan
  • Arboricultural method statement (heads of terms)
  • Details for all special engineering within the RPA and other relevant construction details
Reserved matters / planning condition  
  • Alignment of utility apparatus (including drainage) where outside the RPA or where installed using trenchless method
  • Dimensioned tree protection plan
  • Arboricultural method statement (detailed)
  • Schedule of work to retained trees (eg access facilitation pruning)
  • Detailed hard and soft landscape design
 
  • Arboricultural site monitoring schedule
  • Tree and landscape management plan
  • Post-construction remedial works
  • Landscape maintenance schedule

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
A procedure to be followed for certain types of project to ensure that decisions are made in full knowledge of any likely significant effects on the environment.

required for ALL proposals defined under Schedule 1 of the 2017 regulations (external website)

Examples include: development relating to industry, tourism, intense agriculture, extraction / mining, water management projects and major infrastructure such as energy, roads, rail, and in-land waterways.

There may be other proposals where you will need to submit this (see below).

This is a national requirement and is needed to protect the environment by ensuring local planning authorities, when deciding whether to grant planning permission for a project which is likely to have significant effects on the environment, does so in the full knowledge of the likely significant effects, and takes this into account in the decision making process.

Legislation:
The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017 (external website)

See the Planning Practice Guidance (external website) for further information on Environmental Impact Assessments.

Local Plan AreaPolicy reference
Aylesbury Vale No policy
Chiltern No policy
South Bucks No policy
Wycombe No policy

Please DO:

  • check if your proposal requires an EIA, we advise you do this by using our planning advice service
  • follow the correct Environmental Impact Assessment process (external website)
  • where an EIA is required, produce an Environmental Statement as defined in parts 1 and 2 of Schedule 4 of the Regulations, this should include as a minimum:
    • describe the development including information on the site, design and size of development
    • describe the measures envisaged in order to avoid, reduce and if possible remedy significant adverse effects
    • show data required to identify and assess the main effects which the development is likely to have on the environment
    • outline the main alternatives studied and indicate the main reasons for your choice, taking into account the environmental effects
    • summarise the document in non-technical terms
  • in addition to the above, you should also include:
    • describe the physical characteristics and land use requirements
    • describe the main characteristics of the production processes (if relevant)
    • estimate the expected residues and emissions (if relevant)
    • describe the aspects of the environment likely to be significantly affected by the development
    • describe the likely significant effects of the development on the environment (including any indirect, secondary, cumulative, short- medium- and long-term, permanent and temporary, positive and negative), resulting from the development itself, the use of natural resources and the emission of pollutants, creation of nuisances and elimination of waste.
    • describe the forecasting methods used to assess the effects set out above
    • indicate any difficulties (technical or lack of know-how) compiling the required information

Note: proposals in sensitive areas and development likely to have significant effects on the environment are likely to require an Environmental Impact Assessment. If you are unsure whether your proposal requires an Environmental Impact Assessment, please use the planning advice service.

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
a statement setting out details of the equestrian holding and justification for the development sought

required for:

ALL equestrian applications

- proposals involving an equestrian holding

This is a local requirement and is needed to assess the need for equestrian development

Policy:
NPPF
 paragraph 83

Please use our Statement of Equestrian Need template [DOCX | 36KB]

See GOV.UK (external website) for general guidance planning permission and farms

Your proposal must conform to local and national planning policy

Local Plan AreaPolicy reference
Aylesbury Vale No policy
Chiltern R13 (CDCLP)
South Bucks No policy
Wycombe No policy

Please DO:

  • use our equestrian statement template (above)
  • include details and the extent of the equestrian holding
  • specify the nature of equestrian activity being carried out
  • specify the numbers of expected additional vehicle movements (and type)
  • include detailed justification for the development proposal

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
a statement identifying how a 'scattered business site' or 'non-key employment site' been marketed for employment use

required when proposal includes the loss / partial loss / change of use of a 'scattered business site' or 'non-key employment site'

There may be other proposals where you will need to submit this (see below).

This is a local requirement and is needed to prevent the loss of necessary employment land

Policy:
NPPF paragraph 121

Local Guidance:

DM5 guidance note [PDF | 162KB] (Wycombe)

Employment Guidance Note [PDF | 343KB] (South Bucks)

Local Plan AreaPolicy Reference
Aylesbury Vale GP17 (AVDLP)
E2 (emerging VALP)
Chiltern CS15 CS16 CS17 CS18 CS19 (CDCCS)
South Bucks CP10 (SBDCCS)
Wycombe DM5 (DSA)
CP5 (WDLP)

Please DO:

  • include the dates of the marketing exercise
  • set out the names and addresses of any agents that have been marketing the site / premises
  • include publicity material for marketing purposes
  • detail the availability of the marketing material
  • set out the terms of the marketing exercise, showing how it has been marketed for a range of employment uses
  • include details of all inquiries made in response to the marketing

Note: proposals involving the total or partial loss of a community facility may need to be supported by an Evidence of Marketing Statement, please use the planning advice service to confirm whether this is required.

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
a report assessing the impact of a development on flood risk and identifying mitigation measures applications in flood zone areas 2 or 3 or has over 1 hectare in flood zone 1.

This is a local requirement and is needed to ensure your development does not lead to an adverse impact on flooding

Policy:
NPPF paragraphs 155-165

Flood risk assessment guidance on the Planning Practice Guidance (external website)

See the Site-Specific Flood Risk Assessment checklist (external website)

See the Environment Agency standing advice for certain development types (external website)

See also the Flood Map for Planning (external website) 

Local Plan AreaPolicy Reference
Aylesbury Vale I4 (emerging VALP)
Chiltern CS4 (CDCCS)
GC10 (CDCLP)
South Bucks CP13 (SBDCCS)
Wycombe DM39 CP12 (WDLP)

Please DO:

  • check whether your application is in flood zone areas 1, 2 or 3 (see below)
  • identify the risk of all forms of flooding to / from the development
  • set out how these flood risks will be managed
  • identify opportunities to reduce the probability and consequences of flooding
  • include design of surface water management systems (including SuDS)
  • address the requirement for safe access to / from the development in flood risk areas

How to find out if your application is affected by flood risk

  1. Go to the Flood Map for Planning (GOV.UK)
  2. Enter the postcode of your property / site
  3. Check if your application falls in flood zone 1, 2, or 3

If you are having any difficulty accessing maps, please contact your local area planning team.

Check the Strategic Flood Risk Assessment:

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance

a test set out in the NPPF that looks to steer new development to areas with the lowest risk of flooding.

applications in flood zone areas 2 or 3 for:

- new dwelling(s)

- non-residential schemes over 250 sqm

This is a local requirement and is needed to compare the site you're proposing with other available sites to see which has the lowest flood risk

Policy:
NPPF paragraphs 157-162

see the guide to the Sequential Test for Applicants (external website)

the Sequential Test form part of a Flood Risk Assessment

Local Plan AreaPolicy Reference
Aylesbury Vale I4 (emerging VALP)
Chiltern CS4 (CDCCS)
GC10 (CDCLP)
South Bucks No policy
Wycombe DM39 CP12 (WDLP)

Please DO:

  • check whether your application is in flood zone areas 2 or 3 (see below)
  • include the name / location of the site you intend to develop
  • explain why you chose that site within the agreed area of search
  • detail any 'reasonably available' alternative sites that were considered (please include the site name, site address, whether it is allocated in a Local Plan, issues that would prevent development, and the estimated capacity)
  • confirm the status of the Local Plan (eg adopted, emerging, etc)
  • include supporting documents about the alternative sites considered, they should be sites of similar size and a site capable of accommodating the same amount of development (including in a different form)
  • include a comparison between your proposed site and the alternative sites (for flood risk)
  • include a conclusion of your findings and evidence of approaches made to landowners
  • if your Sequential Test shows there are not any reasonably available alternatives in an area of lower flood risk, you must then do the exceptions test (see below)

How to do the exceptions test

Note: there may be other instances where we ask you to do the exceptions test (as per paragraph 162 of the NPPF)

How to find out if your application is affected by flood risk

  1. Go to the Flood Map for Planning (external website) 
  2. Enter the postcode of your property / site 
  3. Check if your application falls in flood zone 2 or 3

If you are having any difficulty accessing maps, please contact your local area planning team.

Note: if you are unsure whether your proposal requires the Sequential Test, or assistance on how to complete one, please use the planning advice service.

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance

a statement that sets out how SuDS will be implemented on a development site

required for:

ALL major applications

ALL minor applications of 3 or more dwellings

- applications affected by medium or high surface water flood risk, or contains an ordinary watercourse (see below)

There may be other proposals where you will need to submit this (see below).

to demonstrate how a development can mitigate against increased flood risk

Policy:
NPPF paragraph 163

see Buckinghamshire County Council's Sustainable Drainage (SuDS) guidance (external website)

see also SuDS guidance on the Planning Practice Guidance (external website)

The SuDS statement can form part of your Flood Risk Assessment

Local Plan AreaPolicy reference
Aylesbury Vale I4 (emerging VALP)
Chiltern CS4 (CDCCS)
GC10 (CDCLP)
South Bucks CP13 (SBDCCS)
Wycombe DM39 CP12 (WDLP)

Please DO:

  • check whether your proposal is affected by flooding constraints (see below)
  • include details of SuDS measures you may include (eg rainwater recycling and drainage, infiltration devices, filter strips, filter drains, porous pavements, or basins and ponds to hold excess water)

How to find out if your application is affected by medium or high surface water flood risk

  1. Go to the Long Term Flood Risk website (external website)
  2. Click ‘start now’, enter the postcode of your site and confirm the address
  3. The website will tell you if your proposal is affected by medium / high surface flood risk

If your site doesn’t have a postcode:

  1. Go to the Long Term Flood Risk map (external website)
  2. Select ‘Flood Risk from Surface Water – Extent of flooding’ from the drop-down list
  3. Find your proposal site on the map
  4. Click the darkest colour in your site area to see the level of surface water flood risk

How to find out if your application contains an ordinary watercourse

  1. Go to the Buckinghamshire County Strategic Flood Asset register (external website)
  2. Search your property / site address
  3. Open the layer control (3 stacked diamonds) in the top left corner and select the ‘ordinary watercourse’ layer (untick everything else)
  4. Check the map viewer to see if your proposal includes an ordinary watercourse

If you are having any difficulty accessing maps, please contact your local area planning team.

Note: If your proposal is affected by medium or high groundwater flood risk, is located within the Burnham Beeches catchment zone* (Chiltern and South Bucks only), is located in a critical drainage area, or has been subject of a Section 19 Flood Investigation Area, you will need to submit a SuDS statement. If you're unsure whether your proposal is affected by either of these, please use the planning advice service.

* For further information on the Burnham Beeches catchment zones in the South Bucks area, please see the Development Management Guidance Note: Hydrology in Burnham Beeches [PDF | 714KB] (external website).

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance

a statement that describes and assesses and identifies the impact on the significance of heritage assets on the site, and explains why development is sought and justified. It can include detailed historic building analysis, research, recording and assessment.

It is sometimes referred to as a Statement of Heritage Significance or Heritage Impact Assessment.

required for applications that contain designated or non-designated heritage assets (see below)

There may be other proposals where you will need to submit this (see below).

This is a local requirement and is needed to understand the impact of the proposal on the significance of any heritage assets.

Policy:
NPPF paragraphs 184-202

use our heritage statement template [DOCX | 57KB]

See Historic England's guidance on Statements of Heritage Significance (external website)

See also Historic England guidance on decision-taking in the Historic Environment (external website)

Local Plan AreaPolicy Reference
Aylesbury Vale GP53 GP59 (AVDLP)
BE1 (emerging VALP)
Chiltern CS4 CS22 (CDCCS)
LB1 LB2 LB3 LB4 CA1 CA2 CA3 CA4 (CDCLP)
South Bucks C6 (SBDCLP)
CP8 (SBDCCS)
Wycombe DM31 CP11 (WDLP)

Please DO:

  • use our template (above)

How to find out if your application contains a heritage asset

Heritage assets include:

  • listed buildings
  • scheduled ancient monuments
  • registered historic parks and gardens
  • registered battlefields
  • conservation areas
  • areas of archaeological importance / archaeological notification areas
  • protected wreck sites
  • world heritage sites
  • non-designated heritage assets (including locally listed buildings and significant buildings identified in a conservation area appraisal)
Conservation areas and archaeological notification areas
  1. Go to Buckinghamshire County Council’s historic maps (external website)
  2. Open the layer control (3 layered diamonds in top right-hand corner)
  3. Select the ‘Conservation Area’ and ‘Archaeological Notification Area’ layers
  4. Search your property / site address
  5. Check the map to see if your site contains any of these assets.
Listed buildings, scheduled ancient monuments, registered historic parks and gardens, world heritage site, protected wreck site, or battlefield
  1. Go to Historic England’s MapViewer (external website)
  2. Search your property/site address
  3. Check your property / site in the map screen to see if it contains a listed building, scheduled ancient monument, registered historic parks and garden, world heritage site, protected wreck site, or battlefield

If you are having any difficulty accessing maps, please contact your local area planning team.

Non-designated heritage assets / Locally Listed buildings

Note: proposals affecting the setting of heritage assets or non-designated heritage assets will need to be supported by a Heritage Statement. Please use the planning advice service if you are unsure whether your proposal affects the setting of a heritage asset. If you are unsure whether your proposal affects a non-designated heritage asset, or curtilage listed building, please use the environmental specialist advice service.

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance

an assessment that measures the impacts of a development on landscape character and views

required for:

- development that affects a historic park or garden

- specific allocations in the Local Plan (Wycombe only)

There may be other proposals where you will need to submit this, such as proposals affecting the AONB or its setting (see below).

This is a local requirement and is needed to ensure sites that are considered sensitive in landscape or visual terms (eg AONB) are not being adversely impacted by development.

Policy:
NPPF paragraphs 170-173

refer to the latest Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (3rd Edition) (external website) by the Landscape Institute.

read further information from the Landscape Institute (external website).

Local guidance:

Landscape character assessment (Wycombe)

Local Plan AreaPolicy reference
Aylesbury Vale GP35 (AVDLP)
NE3 NE4 (emerging VALP)
Chiltern CS20 CS21 CS22 (CDCCS)
GC1 LSQ1 (CDCLP)
South Bucks CP9 (SBDCCS)
Wycombe CP10 DM30 (WDLP)

Please DO:

  • make sure your LVIA has been prepared by a qualified landscape professional and in accordance with the Landscape Institute guidance (above)
  • agree the content of the LVIA through our Planning Advice Service

How to find out if your proposal includes a historic park and garden

  1. Go to Buckinghamshire County Council’s historic maps (external website)
  2. Open the layer control (3 layered diamonds in top right-hand corner)
  3. Select the ‘Registered Historic Parks and Gardens’ layer
  4. Search your property / site address
  5. Check the map to see if your site contains a historic park and garden.

How to find out if your proposal requires an LVIA as a result of a Local Plan allocation (Wycombe area only)

  1. Go to Wycombe MyMaps
  2. Search your property / site area
  3. Open the planning policy map category using '+' and select the 'housing' layer
  4. Click on your property / site in the map window to see if it contains either of the following allocations:
    • Land at Green Farm, Glynswood (Policy reference: HW9)
    • Land at Seymour Court, Marlow (Policy reference: MR6)
    • Princes Risborough Main Expansion Area (Policy reference: PR3)
    • Princes Estate Expansion (Policy reference: PR9)
    • Land at Lower Icknield Way (Policy reference: PR10)
    • Land at Princes Risborough Station (Policy reference: PR16)

If you are having any difficulty accessing maps, please contact your local area planning team.

Note: an LVIA is required to support applications for any 'significant development' within the Chilterns AONB, or proposals affecting its setting. If you are unsure whether your proposal affects the AONB or its setting, please use the planning advice service.

 

What is it? When is it needed? Why is it needed? How to prepare / further guidance 
 an assessment of non-minerals development on a Minerals Safeguarding Area and the impacts of feasibility and viability.  

Proposals in a Mineral Safeguarding Area for:

- 10 or more dwellings / 0.5ha or more in size (within in an urban area)

- 2 or more dwellings (outside of an urban area)

 

This is a local requirement and is needed to prevent the unnecessary sterilisation of minerals as a result of non-mineral development.

Policy:
NPPF paragraphs 204 and 206

 

See Policy 1 of the Buckinghamshire Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2016-2036 [PDF | 2.29MB] for details on how to complete a Minerals Assessment.

see Minerals safeguarding on Planning Practice Guidance (external website)

See also British Geological Society advice on Mineral Safeguarding [PDF | 3.47MB]

 Local Plan AreaPolicy reference
Buckinghamshire Minerals and Waste Policy 1 (BMWLP)

Please DO:

  • specify the size, nature, and need for the non-minerals development
  • explain the effect of the proposed development on the mineral resource beneath or adjacent to the site
  • provide site-specific geological survey data to establish the existence or otherwise of a mineral resource (detailing resource type, quality, estimated quantity and overburden to reserve ratio)
  • explain whether it is feasible and viable to extract the mineral resource ahead of the proposed development to prevent sterilisation and the potential for mineral resource use in the proposed development
  • (where prior extraction can be undertaken) explain how this will be carried out as part of the overall development scheme with reference to the proposed phasing of operations and construction of the non-mineral development

How to find out if your application is within a Mineral Safeguarding Area

  1. Go to the Minerals and Waste Map viewer (external website)
  2. Open the layer control (3 layered diamonds in top right corner)
  3. Only select the ‘Minerals Safeguarding Area’
  4. Search your property / site address
  5. Click your property / site in the map viewer to see if it is within a Mineral Safeguarding Area

If you are having any difficulty accessing maps, please contact your local area planning team.

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
a factual survey of mineral deposits present

ALL applications for minerals extraction.

This is a local requirement and is needed to demonstrate that viable mineral deposits are present at the application site.

Policy:
NPPF paragraphs 203

See the Buckinghamshire Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2016-2036 [PDF | 2.29MB] for further guidance.

Please DO:

  • undertake an exploratory borehole survey
  • provide information identifying the depth and volume of soils and minerals proposed to be extracted
  • explain the extracted mineral type and position of the winter water table

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
An assessment of the impacts of development on designated geological / geomorphological interest

Applications for minerals and waste development that:

- contain a designated site of geological / geomorphological importance (see below)

- contain a notable geological / geomorphological feature within the application site

This is a local requirement and is needed to protect designated areas of geological / geomorphological interest

Policy:
NPPF paragraphs 170

See the Buckinghamshire Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2016-2036 [PDF | 2.29MB] for further guidance.

Local Plan AreaPolicy Reference
Buckinghamshire Minerals and Waste Policy 18 (BMWLP)

Please DO:

  • include details of the geological/geomorphological feature on and/or in the vicinity of, the application site
  • include details of how the protection and/or enhancement of the feature has been incorporated into the overall design of the development
  • where harm is likely, identify the risks the proposal would have on the geological / geomorphological feature by:
    • demonstrating how alternative designs or locations have been considered
    • demonstrating the measures proposed to mitigate the risks that have been identified
    • demonstrating the measures proposed for the ongoing monitoring and reporting to ensure that the integrity of the geological resource that is being protected is not compromised

Designations of geological / geomorphological importance may include:

  • special areas of conservation (SACs)
  • sites of special scientific interest (SSSI)
  • local wildlife sites
  • biological notification sites
  • local nature reserves
  • local geological sites
  • ancient woodland

Note: there may be other proposals that require a geodiversity assessment (eg undesignated geological assets). Please use the planning advice service if you're unsure whether your minerals and waste application should be supported by a minerals assessment.

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
An assessment of the wastes proposed to be managed and the impacts thereof on the environment

Applications for minerals and waste development for:

- new landfill sites or extensions to existing landfill sites (including land raising)

- proposals involving the storage, treatment or disposal of hazardous waste and proposals for the incineration (including advanced thermal technologies) or chemical treatment of non-hazardous waste

To provide sufficient information to understand and so assess the impacts of the wastes and management processes proposed.

Legislation:
Landfill England and Wales Regulations 2002 (as amended) (external website)

The Landfill Directive (external website)

See the Planning Practice Guidance (external website) for information on waste in planning.

See the Health Impact Assessment Tools (external website) for information on how to conduct a Health Impact Assessment

Please DO:

  • provide information on type and source of waste
  • provide plans and elevation drawings of buildings and other infrastructure
  • provide information on working hours, access arrangements (including wheel cleaning) and surface water drainage
  • conduct a topographical survey of the existing site
  • provide scaled plans and cross sections explaining the proposed phases of working; pre-settlement and post-settlement contours; gas and leachate control systems; when relevant means of disposal of treated effluent and assessment of dry weather flows, duration of development; soil handling; restoration, afteruse and aftercare
  • provide a Health Impact Assessment (a tool to appraise both positive (eg creation of new jobs) and negative (eg generation of pollution) impacts on the different affected subgroups of the population that might result from the development)

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
Details and proposals for the restoration and aftercare of mineral extraction and waste disposal sites

Applications for minerals and waste development that involve the disturbance of the ground

This is a local requirement and is needed to to ensure that minerals and waste disposal operations do not have unacceptable impacts upon the natural and / or historic environment, and that restoration is carried out at the earliest opportunity to a suitable after use.

Policy:
NPPF paragraphs 204 and 209
NPPW paragraph 207

See the Buckinghamshire Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2016-2036 [PDF | 2.29MB] for further guidance.

Local Plan AreaPolicy Reference
Buckinghamshire Minerals and Waste Policy 16 & 25 (BMWLP)
 
 

Please DO:

  • demonstrate the approach to restoration and include details regarding the phasing and direction of working and progressive restoration.
  • for each working phase, site layout plans should show the location of enabling infrastructure (site access, offices, welfare facilities, car parking, haul roads and plant etc), temporary and permanent mitigation measures (advanced planting, retained planting, protection measures, bunds and boundary treatments etc) and the location of voids, stockpiles and waste materials.
  • provide cross sections to show the relative height of the above aspects within the wider site context.
  • include details regarding the proposed restoration material and soils (overburden and/or importation of infill material), and the final landform. Plans showing existing and proposed contours should be provided alongside cross sections to show existing and proposed ground levels and gradients (where high settlement rates are expected, pre and post settlement contours may be required).
  • provide a landscape scheme to show the proposed land use (eg agriculture, geodiversity, biodiversity, native woodland, historic environment, recreation). For proposals that affect agricultural land, a statement of the existing and proposed Agricultural Land Classification is required. The scheme should also show site access and vehicular/pedestrian routes and public rights of way, retained and new landscape features (to include water/drainage features).
  • demonstrate that aftercare should be provided for at least 5 years, and detailed within management and maintenance specifications and schedules.
  • provide sufficient detail to avoid the imposition of pre-commencement conditions.

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
An assessment of the extent and volumes of dewatering and the impact this has on minerals and waste stores

Applications for minerals and waste development where dewatering is proposed.

There may be other proposals where you will need to submit this (see below).

To ensure that there will be no adverse impact from the winning and working of mineral, disposal or other management of waste on groundwater.

Legislation:
Landfill England and Wales Regulations 2002 (as amended) (external website)

Policy:
NPPF paragraphs 170

See the Buckinghamshire Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2016-2036 [PDF | 2.29MB] for further guidance.

Local Plan AreaPolicy Reference
Buckinghamshire Minerals and Waste Policy 16 (BMWLP)
 
 

Please DO:

  • include details of topography and surface drainage, artificial ground, superficial deposits, landslip deposits, rockhead depth, bedrock geology and details of any borehole reports including any information with regard to both licensed and unlicensed abstractions
  • indicate natural water table including its depth, source catchment areas and characteristics
  • consider the potential impact upon any wetland site of special scientific interest
  • show that third parties will not be affected by the dewatering
  • where dewatering is likely to have an impact on public and private water supplies or water bodies or watercourses, include details of mitigating measures must be included in the application eg recharging reservoirs
  • include details of proposed methods of dewatering and proposed methods of water disposal
  • include proposed measures to control potential pollution to protect ground and surface water
  • give an indication of any necessary drainage and flood control measures
  • give an indication of proposed monitoring measures, including any requirements for the provision of settlement lagoons
  • set out the way in which surface water is to be disposed of
  • set out proposals for the avoidance of impairing drainage from adjoining areas
  • set out proposals for the prevention of material entering open watercourses

Any works proposed to be carried out that may affect the flow within an ordinary watercourse will require the prior written consent from the Lead Local Flood Authority under Section 23 of the Land Drainage Act 1991 (external website). This includes any permanent and or temporary works regardless of any planning permission.

Note: if your proposal falls in an area that affect the water table you are strongly advised to submit a hydrological / hydrogeological assessment. Please use the planning advice service if you are uncertain whether your proposal requires a hydrological / hydrogeological assessment.

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
a schedule setting out the proposed floor space for each dwelling Proposals involving the creation of new dwellings

This is a local requirement and is needed to confirm whether an application is major, and assist with the calculation of CIL.

Legislation:
Part 1 of the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2010 (external website)

You can include this information either as a separate schedule or as information on your floor plans

Local Plan AreaPolicy reference
Aylesbury Vale No policy
Chiltern No policy
South Bucks No policy
Wycombe No policy

Please DO:

  • provide both internal AND external gross floor space for each dwelling
  • provide an overall total floorspace for all new dwelling units proposed (this should be provided for all floors including basement level)

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
a statement setting out the
development proposal and
an assessment of the development in relation to local and national planning policy.
ALL major applications

This is a local requirement and is needed to ensure the application conforms with local and national planning policy.

Policy:
NPPF paragraph 34, 54-57

National planning policy:

National Planning Policy Framework (external website)

National Planning Policy for Waste (external website)

Local planning policy:

Aylesbury Vale Development Plan (external website)

Buckinghamshire Minerals and Waste Plan (external website)

Chiltern Development Plan (external website)

South Bucks Development Plan (external website)

Wycombe Development Plan

Local Plan AreaPolicy reference
Aylesbury Vale ALL
Buckinghamshire Minerals and Waste ALL
Chiltern ALL
South Bucks ALL
Wycombe ALL

Please DO:

  • assess the proposal in line with relevant Development Plan policies (above)
  • assess the proposal in line with the National Planning Policy Framework (above)
  • show awareness of the developer contributions expected from the proposal (including affordable housing)
  • determine whether your proposal has impact on Public Rights of Way (where affected, include locations of affected routes, how they’ll be affected, and how the impact on the network can be minimised)

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
A report outlining the findings of a professional inspection of the condition of a structure, including details of necessary works.

required for proposals that involve substantial demolition / renovation (e.g. barn conversions):

- in the Green Belt

- in the AONB

There may be other proposals where you will need to submit this, such as structural alterations to a heritage asset (see below).

This is a local requirement and is needed to be sure a building can be genuinely reused / converted.

please consult an appropriate qualified specialist to conduct the survey

see the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors website (external website) for further information

see RIBA's example of a building condition report (PDF | 537KB]

Local Plan AreaPolicy Reference
Aylesbury Vale RA11 (AVDLP)
S4 (emerging VALP)
Chiltern GB11 (CDCLP)
South Bucks GB2 (SBDCLP)
Wycombe DM45 (WDLP)

Please DO:

  • check whether your proposal is in the Green Belt, AONB (below)
  • consult an appropriate qualified specialist to conduct the survey
  • demonstrate that the existing foundations, floors, walls, and roof of the building are of sound and permanent construction

How to find out if your proposal is in the Green Belt / AONB

Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, and South Bucks areas
  1. Go to the Buckinghamshire County Council Minerals and Waste Map Viewer (external website)
  2. Open the layer control (3 stacked diamonds in top right corner)
  3. Select only the ‘Green Belt (Bucks)’ and ‘Chilterns AONB’ layer
  4. Search your property / site address
  5. Click on your property / site in the map window to see if your proposal falls within the Green Belt or AONB
Wycombe area
  • go to Wycombe MyMaps
  • select the planning policy map category using the '+' and select the following map layers (by ticking the box):
    • area of outstanding natural beauty
    • green belt
  • click on your property / site in the map window to see if it is affected by these designations

If you are having any difficulty accessing maps, please contact your local area planning team.

Note: If your proposal involves a change of use / renovation and is located elsewhere in the countryside or rural areas (eg outside of a settlement) we may ask for you’re a structural / building condition survey. You should also submit this document if your proposal involves structural alterations to a heritage asset. If you’re unsure whether your proposal requires a structural / building condition survey, please use the planning advice service..

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
an assessment for an application for 'main town centre' uses (below) outside of an existing centre to demonstrate that there is no available land within an existing centre required for proposals for 'main town centre uses' uses (below) that are outside of a designated town centre or primary shopping area, unless the main town centre uses are proposed in accordance with the up-to-date Development Plan

This is a local requirement and is needed to ensure the vitality of town centres 

Policy:
NPPF paragraphs 86-90

see guidance on ensuring the vitality of town centres on the Planning Practice Guidance (external website)

see also section 7 of the NPPF (external website)

Local Plan AreaPolicy reference
Aylesbury Vale E5 (emering VALP)
Chiltern CS3 (CDCCS)
S1 (CDCLP)
South Bucks CP11 (SBDCCS)
Wycombe DM7 DM10 (DSA)
CP6 (WDLP)

Please DO:

  • check whether your proposal is outside of a designated town centre / primary shopping area
  • provide a thorough assessment of all sites in the town centre, the assessment should consider the current situation, recent up-take of land for main town centre uses, the supply of and demand for land for main town centre uses, forecast of future need and the type of land needed for main town centre uses, and determine whether they are not available or expected to be available within a reasonable period
  • provide a thorough assessment of any sequentially preferable sites outside of town centres
  • demonstrate the availability, suitability, and viability of the above options

'Main Town Centre' uses include:

  • retail (including warehouse clubs and factory outlet centres)
  • leisure and entertainment facilities (including cinemas, restaurants, drive-through restaurants, bars, pubs, night-clubs, casinos, health and fitness centres, indoor bowling centres, and bingo halls)
  • offices
  • arts, culture, and tourism development (including theatres, museums, galleries, concert halls, hotels, and conference facilities)

How to find out if your application is outside of a designated town centre / primary shopping area

Aylesbury Vale Local Plan Area
  • Go to the Proposals Map webpage (external website)
  • Find the map relevant to your property / site
  • Find the key entry for ‘Central Shopping Area’ and ‘Aylesbury Town Centre’
  • Check the map to see if your proposal is within or outside of these designations
Chiltern Local Plan Area
  • Go to the Interactive Policies Maps (external website)
  • Search your property / site address
  • Open the ‘Key’ at the top of the screen and find the entry for Shopping (solid blue fill)
  • Look at the map screen to see if your proposal is within or outside of a shopping area
South Bucks Local Plan Area
  • Go to the Proposals Map webpage (external website)
  • Check the ‘Index Page’ to see which map is relevant to your property / site and open
  • Find your property / site and see if it is within or outside of this designated area
Wycombe Local Plan Area
  • Go to Wycombe MyMaps
  • open the planning policy map category using '+' and open the following map layers (by ticking the box):
    • retailing
    • town centre High Wycombe
    • town centre Marlow
    • town centre Princes Risborough
  • click on your property / site in the map window to see if your proposal is outside of these areas

If you are having any difficulty accessing maps, please contact your local area planning team.

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
an assessment for an application for retail / leisure uses on the impact of the proposal on the vitality and viability of existing retail centres

Required for proposals for retail / leisure development of certain thresholds (below)

Excludes proposals in accordance with the up-to-date Development Plan.

This is a local requirement and is needed to assess the impact of the proposal on the vitality of the existing retail centre

Policy:

NPPF paragraph 89

see guidance on ensuring the vitality of town centres on the Planning Practice Guidance (external website)

see also section 7 of the NPPF (external website)

Local Plan AreaPolicy reference
Aylesbury Vale E5 (emerging VALP)
Chiltern CS3 (CDCCS)
S1 (CDCLP)
South Bucks CP11 (SBDCCS)
Wycombe DM7 DM10 (DSA)
CP6 (WDLP)

Please DO:

  • assess the impact of the proposal on existing, committed, and planned public and private investment in an area
  • assess the impact of the proposal on town centre vitality and viability
  • assess the impact of the proposal on local consumer choice and trade in the area for up to five years from submission (non-major applications)
  • assess the impact of the proposal on local consumer choice and trade in the area for up to ten years from submission (major applications)

Thresholds for requiring an impact assessment

  • Aylesbury Vale - all retail / leisure developments over 2,000 sq m (gross)
  • Chiltern - all retail / leisure developments over 1,000 sq m (gross)
  • South Bucks - all retail / leisure developments over 1,000 sq m (gross)
  • Wycombe - retail / leisure developments (by area)
    • High Wycombe - 1,000 sq m or above
    • Marlow and Princes Risborough - 500 sq m or above
    • District centres and 3km radius - 250 sq m or above
    • None of the above - all leisure / retail proposals

How to find out the local threshold for an Impact Assessment (Wycombe Area only)

  • go to Wycombe MyMaps
  • open the planning policy map category using '+' and open the following layers:
    • retailing
    • town centre High Wycombe
    • town centre Marlow
    • town centre Princes Risborough
  • click on your property / site in the map window to see whether it is covered by these areas and the corresponding threshold for an impact assessment (set out above)

If you are having any difficulty accessing maps, please contact your local area planning team.

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
an assessment of transport implications resulting from a development Required for applications that meet Buckinghamshire Highways DM's guideline thresholds (see below). 

There may be other proposals where you will need to submit this (see below).
This is a local requirement and is needed to determine whether the impact of the development is acceptable or to identify measures to mitigate impacts on the highway network as a result of development.

Policy:

NPPF paragraph 111

See guidance on transport assessments on Planning Practice Guidance (external guidance)

Further information is available at Buckinghamshire Highways Development Management Guidance [PDF | 2.23MB]
Local Plan AreaPolicy reference
Aylesbury Vale GP94 (AVDLP)
T4 (emerging VALP)
Chiltern CS6 CS7 (CDCCS)
TR2 TR3 (CDCLP)
South Bucks CP7 (SBDCCS)
Wycombe DM2 (DSA)

Please DO:

  • check whether your proposal requires a Transport Assessment / Transport Statement (below).
  • discuss the scope of a Transport Assessment/Transport Statement with the Highways Authority prior to submitting a planning application.
  • check the availability of Buckinghamshire Highways DM’s Strategic Transport Models (external website), where appropriate developers are encouraged to use our models to assess their proposals.
  • include information on the proposed development and surrounding areas.
  • set out the planning context of the development proposal.
  • include an assessment of road collision history on the surrounding road network.
  • include details of the proposed access arrangements for all modes of transport.
  • include data on current and proposed traffic flows on links and at junctions.
  • include an assessment of travel changes due to the development, including trip generation, trip distribution and where appropriate local junction modelling.
  • include a cumulative assessment in line with the NPPF and NPPG taking into account other planning applications under consideration.
  • include details of existing and proposed public transport provision, including where appropriate phasing (eg new passenger transport routes or demand responsive services).
  • include a description of parking facilities in the area and the parking strategy of the development.
  • include measures to improve the accessibility of a development site and proposals to reduce the need for travel (eg new passenger transport equipment and facilities or pedestrian and cycle improvements).
  • include measures to mitigate the residual impacts of development (eg capacity enhancements, junction improvements).

Guideline thresholds for transport statements / transport assessments

Please consult the Buckinghamshire County Council’s Highways Development Management Guidance [PDF | 2.23MB] for the thresholds and guidance. A summary has been provided below:

 
 Land use Thresholds for a Transport Statement Thresholds for a Transport Assessment
 A1 Food Retail 250 - 800 sq m 800 sq m or more
 A1 Non-food retail 800 - 1,500 sq m 1,500 sq m or more
A2 Financial and professional services 1,000 - 2,500 sq m 2,500 sq m or more
 A3 Restaurants and Cafes 300 - 2500 sq m 2,500 sq m or more
 A4 Drinking establishments 300 - 600 sq m 600 sq m or more
 A5 Hot food takeaway 250 - 500 sq m 500 sq m or more
 B1 Business 1,500 - 2,500 sq m 2,500 sq m or more
 B2 General industrial 2,500 - 4,000 sq m 4,000 sq m or more
 B8 Storage / distribution 3,000 - 5,000 sq m 5,000 sq m or more
 C1 Hotels 75 - 100 bedrooms 100 bedrooms or more
C2 Residential institutions - hospitals, nursing homes 30 - 50 beds 50 beds or more
 C2 Residential institutions - residential education 50 - 150 students 150 students or more
 C2 Residential institutions - hostels 250 - 400 residents 400 residents or more
 C3 Dwellinghouses 50 - 80 dwellings 80 dwellings or more
 D1 Non-residential institution 500 - 1,000 sq m 1,000 sq m or more
 D2 Assembly and leisure 500 - 1,500 sq m 1,500 sq m or more
 Others   Contact Buckinghamshire Highways DM to discuss requirements

Please note: the above thresholds are guidelines only, there may be other proposals that require a Transport Statement / Transport Assessment (eg proposals that generate significant amounts of transport movements). Please use the Highways DM advice service if you are unsure whether your proposal needs a Transport Assessment / Transport Statement.

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
a plan setting out how people will be encouraged to travel sustainably and embed sustainable travel behaviour from an early stage to minimise the impact of the development on the local highway network

Required for applications that meet Buckinghamshire Highways DM's guideline thresholds (external website)


There may be other proposals where you will need to submit this (see below).

This is a local requirement and is needed to provide long-term management strategies for integrating proposals for sustainable travel into development planning.

Policy:
NPPF paragraph 111

see guidance on travel plans on Planning Practice Guidance (external website)

See Buckinghamshire Highways DM Developer Travel Planning (external website) which includes a Travel Plan template.

Further information is available at Buckinghamshire Highways Development Management Guidance [PDF | 2.23MB]

Local Plan AreaPolicy reference
Aylesbury Vale GP94 (AVDLP)
T4 (emerging VALP)
Chiltern CS6 CS7 (CDCCS)
TR2 TR3 (CDCLP)
South Bucks CP7 (SBDCCS)
Wycombe DM2 (DSA)

Please DO:

  • check whether your proposals require a Travel Plan (see below)
  • discuss the scope of the Travel Plan with the Highways Authority prior to submitting a planning application
  • include a description of the development
  • include information concerning the nature of development and the forecast level of trips for all modes of transport
  • include relevant information about existing travel habits and where possible a baseline survey of the residents/staff/visitors
  • include a named travel plan co-ordinator
  • include realistic objectives appropriate to the site
  • set out a clear action plan of measures to encourage the use of sustainable transport
  • include a S.M.A.R.T target to reduce single occupancy car use by at least 10% within the first 5 years of occupation
  • include a commitment to monitor and review the Travel Plan

Guideline thresholds for a travel plan

Please consult the Buckinghamshire County Council’s Highways Development Management Guidance [PDF | 2.23MB] for the thresholds and guidance. A summary has been provided below:

 
 Land use Thresholds for a Travel Plan
 A1 Food Retail 800 sq m or more
 A1 Non-food Retail 1,500 sq m or more
 A2 Financial and professional services 2,500 sq m or more
 A3 Restaurants and cafes 2,500 sq m or more
 A4 Drinking establishments 600 sq m or more
 A5 Hot food takeaway 500 sq m or more
 B1 Business 2,500 sq m or more
 B2 General industrial 4,000 sq m or more
 B8 Storage / distribution 5,000 sq m or more
 C1 Hotels 100 homes or more
 C2 Residential Institutions - hospitals, nursing homes 50 beds or more
 C2 Residential Institutions - residential education 150 students or more
 C2 Residential Institutions - hostels 400 residents or more
 C3 Dwellinghouses 80 units or more
 D1 Non-residential institutions 1,000 sq m or more
 D2 Assembly and leisure 1,500 sq m or more
 Others Contact Buckinghamshire Highways DM to discuss requirements

Please note: the above thresholds are guidelines only, there may be other proposals that require a Travel Plan (eg proposals that generate significant amounts of transport movements). Please use the Highways DM advice service if you are unsure whether your proposal needs a Travel Plan.

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
a spreadsheet containing several worksheets addressing retained canopy cover, new canopy cover, and new green infrastructure elements. required for proposals of 0.5 hectares or more OUTSIDE of a designated town centre in the Wycombe Area only. This is a local requirement for the Wycombe Area only and is needed to provide a consistent method for understanding and meeting the canopy cover requirements.

Please use the Canopy Calculator [XLSX | 1.2MB]

Local guidance:

see the adopted Canopy Cover Supplementary Planning Document [PDF | 3.42MB] (Wycombe)

Local Plan AreaPolicy reference
Aylesbury Vale No policy
Chiltern No policy
South Bucks No policy
Wycombe DM34 (WDLP)

Please DO:

  • see if your proposal falls outside of a designated town centre (below)
  • use the canopy calculator (above)
  • read the Canopy Cover Supplementary Planning Document (above) for information on how to use the calculator
  • consider the calculator whilst iterating and refining your site design and layout

How to find out if your application is outside of a designated town centre

Wycombe Local Plan Area
  • Go to Wycombe MyMaps
  • open the planning policy map category using '+' and open the following map layers (by ticking the box):
    • town centre High Wycombe
    • town centre Marlow
    • town centre Princes Risborough
  • click on your property / site in the map window to see if your proposal is outside of a designated town centre

If you are having any difficulty accessing maps, please contact your local area planning team.

Note: please use the planning advice service if you are unsure how to incorporate canopy cover into your proposal.

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
details of the ventilation / extraction system for relevant planning applications required for proposals that require ventilation or extraction systems (eg hot food takeaway, restaurant uses, and launderettes) This is a local requirement and is needed to ensure ventilation and extraction has been implemented in a safe and appropriate way.

see HSE guidance on ventilation (external website)

See the ProPG: Planning and Noise (external website) for details on ventilation systems and noise.

Local Plan AreaPolicy reference
Aylesbury Vale GP8 GP95 (AVDLP)
NE5 BE3 (emerging VALP)
Chiltern GC1 GC9 (CDCLP)
South Bucks No policy
Wycombe No policy

Please DO:

  • detail the position, design, noise attentuation and vibration of ventilation / extraction equipment
  • detail the extraction equipment (where relevant)

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
A document setting out what provision has been made for the storage and collection of waste and recycling materials. ALL major and minor applications

This is a local requirement and is needed to ensure adequate provision and design of appropriate recycling and waste management facilities for new residential and commercial development.

Policy:
NPPW
paragraph 9

Local Guidance:

Recycling and Waste: Advice note for developers 2019 [PDF | 221KB] (Aylesbury Vale)

Waste Management Planning Guide [PDF | 858KB] (Chiltern, South Bucks, Wycombe)

Household waste collection policy document Chiltern District and Wycombe District(external website) (Chiltern and Wycombe)

Local Plan AreaPolicy reference
Aylesbury Vale No policy
Chiltern No policy
South Bucks No policy
Wycombe No policy

Please DO:

  • include a vehicle tracking plan for refuse vehicles that shows accessibility to every roadway
  • show the storage location of the appropriate number of bins on the property (with a red dot)
  • show the expected collection / emptying location for the bins (with a blue dot)
  • demonstrate that each property has an outside route (not through the property) to move the bins from the storage location to the collection location
  • clearly mark roads that are private or not being adopted by Buckinghamshire County Council
  • confirm the pull distance for crews and residents
  • (where communal waste facilities are built) show the location of the bin store, show suitable capacity (number of bins) for the number of properties and collection points of crew, show the distances from the storage compound to the further residential property

 

What is it?When is it needed?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
An assessment of the impact of development on the water environment.

All proposals located within a Source Protection Zone and Drinking Water Safeguard Zone (surface water and groundwater)

This is a local requirement and is needed to protect the water environment.

Policy:
NPPF
paragraph 170

The Water Environment Assessment can form part of your Utilities and / or SuDS statement.

Local Plan AreaPolicy reference
Aylesbury Vale No policy
Buckinghamshire Minerals and Waste Policy 16 (BMWLP)
Chiltern No policy
South Bucks No policy
Wycombe DM38 (WDLP)

Please DO:

  • provide an assessment of the existing water environment at and in the vicinity of the site
  • demonstrate how the site will be served by infrastructure (stating capacity and how they connect)
  • identify the risk posed by the proposed development on the water environment
  • set out the measures proposed to mitigate the potential risks that have been identified
  • set out proposals for the ongoing monitoring and reporting to ensure that there is no impact on the water environment during proposed operations

How to find out if your proposal is in a Source Protection Zone / Drinking Water Safeguard Zones

  1. Go to DEFRA MagicMaps (external website)
  2. Enter your property / site postcode
  3. Open the layers by clicking ‘Designations’ > Land-Based Designations > Non-Statutory > ‘Drinking Water Safeguard Zones (surface water), ‘Drinking Water Safeguard Zones (groundwater), and ‘Source Protection Zones merged’
  4. Check the map viewer to see if your proposal is in the relevant zones

If you are having any difficulty accessing maps, please contact your local area planning team.

 

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Other documents

In support of your application you may wish to provide additional documents with your application if you feel these are relevant to your proposal.

During initial planning advice, or after you submit your planning application, your case officer may ask you to submit further information to support your application. By providing this information quickly and correctly it will allow us to make a decision on your application sooner. Details of these documents are set out below.

Note: these documents are not required for validation, however you are encouraged to submit them with your initial application where they are relevant to your proposal. If you choose not to submit the below information (if relevant to your proposal), this is done at your risk. If your case officer requests these documents after you've submitted your application, you will be charged to submit the documents as an amendment.

If you are uncertain what additional information may be required to support your application, please use our Planning Advice Service.

What is it?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
Details of measures taken to ensure the security of property and prevention of crime

to assist with the national policy goal of creating healthy and safe communities by 'designing out crime' from new developments.

Policy:
NPPF 
paragraph 91 and 127

See the Secured by Design guidance (external website) for details on how to incorporate security into developments

Local Guidance:

Safety Through Design SPD [PDF | 1.11MB] (Aylesbury Vale)

Please DO:

When should you submit a crime prevention strategy?

You should submit a Crime Preventation Strategy, or as a minimum details on how attempts have been made to ‘design out crime’, as part of the design and access statement. A crime prevention strategy is recommended for major applications.

 

What is it?Why is it needed? How to prepare / further guidance

an assessment of sunlight / daylight on a property and its neighbours as a result of a development

to assess the impact of development on neighbours and assess whether adequate daylight and sunlight will be received by the new development

Policy:
NPPF
 paragraph 123

See BRE's 'Site Layout planning for daylight and sunlight: a guide to good practice (BR209) (external website)

Local Plan AreaPolicy reference
Aylesbury Vale No policy
Chiltern GC2 H13 H14 (CDCLP)
South Bucks EP5 (SBDCLP)
Wycombe No policy

Please DO:

  • include details on the existing and expected levels of daylight, sunlight and overshadowing on neighbouring properties
  • explain the measures that will be taken to mitigate against the expected impact of the proposed development
  • assess the daylight and sunlight to be received by new units

When should you submit a daylight / sunlight assessment?

You should submit a daylight / sunlight assessment if there is potential to cause adverse impacts upon the current levels of sunlight / daylight enjoyed by adjoining properties and buildings, including gardens. If you are unsure whether your proposal requires a daylight / sunlight assessment, please use the planning advice service.

 

What is it?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
A statement that shows the predicted energy demand of proposed development and the degree to which it meets current energy efficiency standards

To ensure effective use of renewable and low carbon energy

Policy:
NPPF 
paragraph 91 and 127

See the Planning Practice Guidance (external website) for more information on Renewable and low carbon energy in planning proposals.

Local Guidance:

Guidance note on Planning Applications for Wind Energy Developments [PDF | 745KB](Aylesbury Vale)

Please DO:

  • provide an analysis of the site
  • identify a baseline energy consumption of the buildings
  • identify the energy efficient measures that are to be used to reduce the energy requirements of the buildings
  • assess the feasibility of the different renewable energy technologies available for the site
  • calculate the amount of on-site renewable energy that will be generated
  • identify the renewable energy technology to be used in the proposal
  • address issues of visual impact (and cumulative visual impact)

When should you submit an energy statement?

It is recommended to submit an energy statement for applications involving renewable energy generation (eg wind turbines). If you are unsure whether your proposal requires an energy statement, please use the planning advice service.

 

What is it?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
a statement demonstrating and justifying the proposed connection for foul sewerage (if not connected to the mains system)

to demonstrate that the proposed means of foul sewerage system is appropriate.

see drainage and waste disposal: Approved Document H on UK Government website (external website)

See the Planning Practice Guidance (external website) for information on water supply, wastewater and water quality.

Local Plan AreaPolicy reference
Aylesbury Vale No policy
Chiltern CS26 (CDCCS)
South Bucks CP13 (SBDCCS)
Wycombe DM38 (WDLP)

Please DO:

  • prioritise the hierarchy set out in the Planning Practice Guidance (in order of preference):
    • public sewerage plant
    • treatment plant
    • septic tank
    • cess pit
  • include justification for the proposed foul drainage system

When should you submit a foul drainage assessment?

You should submit a Foul Drainage Assessment for any development (other than householder extensions) where the development involves the disposal of foul sewage, effluent or trade waste other than a mains connection to a public sewer. If you are unsure whether your proposal requires a foul drainage assessment, please use the planning advice service.

 

What is it?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance

Report setting out the hydrology in line with published Development Management guidance.

to ensure that future development does not result in further reductions in natural runoff within the catchments draining to Burnham Beeches Special Area of Conservation, and the quality of that runoff is not reduced.

Policy:
NPPF paragraphs 118

Local guidance:

Development Management Guidance Note: Hydrology in Burnham Beeches [PDF | 714KB] (external website) (South Bucks)

Burnham Beeches Hydrology Study [PDF | 7.76MB] (external website) (South Bucks)

Local Plan AreaPolicy
Aylesbury Vale No policy

Chiltern

No policy

 
South Bucks CP1 CP9 CP13 (SBDCCS)  
Wycombe No policy  

Please DO:

  • read the Development Management guidance (above)
  • establish soil conditions and hydrology on a bespoke basis to include storm water run-off, water table height, and water quality
  • establish local ground conditions, groundwater levels and hydrology to inform most appropriate SuDS measures.

When should you submit a Hydrology report?

You should submit a hydrology report if your application is within 500 metres of one of the catchment areas for Burnham Beeches (set out in Appendix 1 of the Development Management guidance note above). If you are unsure whether your proposal requires a Hydrology report, please use the planning advice service.

 

What is it?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance

Drawings showing the internal room elevations of the designated heritage asset in relation to the works.

 

This is a local requirement and is needed to the impact of your proposal on the heritage asset.

Policy:
NPPF paragraphs 183

See Historic England's guidance on Statements of Heritage Significance (external website)

See also Historic England guidance on decision-taking in the Historic Environment (external website)

Local Plan areaPolicy
Aylesbury Vale GP53 GP59 (AVDLP)
BE1 (emerging VALP)
Chiltern CS4 CS22 (CDCCS)
LB1 LB2 LB3 LB4 CA1 CA2 CA3 CA4 (CDCLP)
South Bucks C6 (SBDCLP)
CP8 (SBDCCS)
Wycombe DM31 CP11 (WDLP)

Please DO:

  • scale plans at 1:50 or 1:20 and include a scale bar
    • A4 and A3 paper size are preferred; however larger plans are acceptable where this is inappropriate, ideally labelled with the paper size
  • make sure each plan has a unique reference number
  • show the proposed works in relation to the existing structure
  • include a schedule of works and method statement

When should you submit internal elevations?

You should submit internal elevations for applications affecting heritage assets that involve particularly decorative schemes, or particular features where a new opening would intrude on feature (e.g. chimneys, fireplaces, etc). If you are unsure whether your proposal requires internal elevations, please use the planning advice service.

 

What is it?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
a desk- and / or field-based assessment of existing contamination at a site

a land contamination assessment is a precautionary measure to ensure that known contamination issues undergoes an appropriate risk assessment

Policy:
NPPF
 paragraphs 178-183

see Land Contamination guidance on Planning Practice Guidance (external website)

see also the Environment Agency's guidance on Land Contamination: risk management (external website)

Local Plan AreaPolicy reference
Aylesbury Vale No policy
Chiltern CS4 (CDCCS)
GC9 (CDCLP)
South Bucks EP16 (SBDCLP)
CP13 (SBDCCS)
Wycombe DM30 (WDLP)

Please DO:

  • state the aims and objectives
  • outline what was done to meet the aims and objectives
  • provide an interpretation of the results
  • state any assumptions and uncertainties made, and the conclusions drawn
  • contain sufficient information to suitably inform decisions on the proposed use of the land
  • include laboratory analysis reports
  • include environmental search records (such as those from Environcheck / Landmark / Groundsure)
  • ensure any reports have been peer-reviewed
  • conduct both a site walkover and desk-based study (or provide justification as to why these have not been done)
  • provide evidence for any historical uses on the site
  • ensure all reports are properly referenced

When should you submit a land contamination assessment?

You should submit a land contamination assessment if your development site is suspected to be ‘contaminated’. Guidelines on what is considered ‘contaminated land’ can be found on GOV.UK (external website). If you are unsure whether your proposal requires a land contamination assessment, please use the planning advice service.

 

What is it?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance

a landscape strategy must set out the concepts for landscaping

a landscape plan must provide details on the species and any hard-surfacing on the site

to demonstrate the consideration of landscape and boundaries in an application, or if an outline application reserves the details of landscape matters.

Policy:
NPPF paragraphs 170-172

Local guidance:

Trees and the planning process (Aylesbury Vale) [PDF| 163KB] 

Tree Strategy (Aylesbury Vale) (external website)

Planting a native hedgerow (Wycombe) [PDF | 339KB]

Tree Pit design in a hard surface environment (Wycombe) [PDF | 116KB]

Local Plan AreaPolicy reference
Aylesbury Vale No policy
Chiltern CS22 (CDCCS)
LSQ1 GB7 GB30 (CDCLP)
South Bucks EP4 (SBDCLP)
Wycombe DM11 (DSA)
DM32 DM34 CP9 (WDLP)

Please DO:

  • read our guidance (above)

When should you submit a landscape strategy / landscape plan?

You should submit a landscape strategy / landscape plan for any applications that involve a degree of landscaping, or to provide landscape details at the reserved matters stage. If you are unsure whether your proposal requires a landscape strategy / landscape plan, please use the planning advice service.

 

What is it?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance

an assessment setting out details of number, type, location, intensity, beam orientation, and intended hours of use for any external lighting

should also include assessment of any resulting light pollution (spillage)

To assess the impact of external lighting proposals on publically accessible areas (including external sports facilities and open flood lit menages), existing residential property, listed buildings, conservation areas, or open countryside.

Policy:
NPPF
 paragraph 180

see the Institute of Lighting Professionals (external website) for guidance and useful resources

see also the Planning Practice Guidance (external website) website for guidance on light pollution.

Local Plan AreaPolicy reference
Aylesbury Vale No policy
Chiltern CS20 (CDCCS)
A2 R6 (CDCLP)
South Bucks EP3 (SBDCLP)
Wycombe DM30 (WDLP)

Please DO:

  • read the guidance (above)
  • provide a layout plan showing the location of all light fixtures and beam orientation and spread patterns of illuminated areas with specified lux levels
  • provide elevational details showing the position of the lighting units (whether freestanding or attached to existing buildings or structures
  • provide the proposed times at which the lighting will be in use
  • mitigation measures to remove or reduce any adverse impacts identified

When should you submit a lighting assessment?

The need for a lighting assessment will often depend upon the scale of the scheme and the sensitivity of the surrounding area, including whether the site is located within a dark skies area, such as the Chilterns AONB. All proposals involving major floodlighting schemes must be accompanied by a lighting assessment.  A lighting assessment may also be required when there may be an adverse effect of biodiversity, for example lighting proposals which may adversely affect bat roosts or feeding/communing routes, or which are in proximity to residential dwellings and may have an impact on amenity. If you are unsure whether your proposal requires a lighting assessment, please use the planning advice service.

 

What is it?Why is it needed?

an assessment of bio-aerosols (airborne particles that contain living organisms, eg bacteria, fungi and viruses or parts of living organisms, plant pollen, spores and endotoxins or mycotoxins) that may be present on a development site or result from its use.

To provide information on the impact to human health and the natural environment of the proposed development

Local Plan AreaPolicy reference
Aylesbury Vale No policy
Chiltern CS24 (CDCCS)
South Bucks No policy
Wycombe DM38 (WDLP)

Please DO:

  • identify sources, pathways, receptors (and sensitive receptors eg European / nationally designated sites)
  • include mitigation measures where appropriate

When should you submit a bio-aerosol assessment?

You should submit this information for proposals that involve composting, anaerobic digestion and other facilities utilising biological treatment methods. If you are unsure whether your proposal requires a bio-aerosol assessment, please use the planning advice service.

 

What is it?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
Proposals for management of birds to reduce bird strike risk

To minimise the risk to aircraft from birdstrike

See The Town and Country Planning (Safeguarded aerodromes, technical sites and military explosives storage areas) Direction 2002 (external website) for further information

Also see CAP 772 Wildlife hazard management at aerodromes (external website)

Please DO:

  • ensure the birdstrike management plan is produced in liaison with the Civil Aviation Authority and the Ministry of Defence specific to the site in question

When should you submit a birdstrike risk management plan?

You should submit a birdstrike risk management plan for applications for minerals and waste development that is likely to attract birds within 13km of civil airports and Ministry of Defense airfields. If you are unsure whether your proposal requires a birdstrike risk management plan, please use the planning advice service.

 

What is it?Why is it needed?
A scheme of management for the control and monitoring of vermin, birds and litter resulting from waste management facilities.

To ensure appropriate measures have been taken to control potential issues of litter, vermin and birds.

Local Plan AreaPolicy reference
Buckinghamshire Minerals and Waste Policy 16 (BMWLP)

Please DO:

  • consider the appropriate methods for controlling and monitoring emissions on GOV.UK (external website), including: site layout, enclosure in buildings, vehicle movements, managing stockpiled waste and open ground
  • include your plans for managing and monitoring (eg regular inspections, securing and removing waste that attracts scavengers, employing professional pest controllers, using deterrent methods, and netting)

When should you submit details of litter, vermin and bird control?

You should submit these details for developments that would involve processes that generate litter and / or could attract vermin and birds. This is recommended for all waste applications. If you are unsure whether your proposal requires details of litter, vermin and bird control, please use the planning advice service.

 

What is it?Why is it needed?
A management strategy that sets out measures proposed to control and mitigate dust, odour and vibrations resulting from development.

To ensure appropriate measures have been taken to mitigate and monitor emissions (dust, odour and vibrations).

Local Plan AreaPolicy reference
Buckinghamshire Minerals and Waste Policy 16 (BMWLP)

Please DO:

  • include details of the baseline of the existing climate around the site
  • identify operations that could lead to the generation of emissions (dust, odour and vibrations)
  • assess the change in baseline conditions that may result from the proposed development
  • identify the receptors that could be affected by the emissions arising from proposed operations on the site
  • recommend mitigation and management measures such as those on GOV.UK (external website), including: site layout, enclosure in buildings, vehicle movements, dust suppression and monitoring, managing stockpiled waste and open ground
  • recommend proposals to monitor and report on emissions and enable effective response to any complaints

When should you submit a scheme for mitigation and monitoring of emissions?

You should submit this information if your proposal involves processes that generate dust, odours and vibrations that may impact on local amenity. It is recommended to submit this with all minerals and waste applications. If you are unsure whether your proposal requires this information, please use the planning advice service.

 

What is it?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance
an assessment of the existing noise environment and / or the noise generated by the proposed development

to ensure developments do not give rise to disturbance by noise, and to protect noise sensitive areas or properties.

see the World Health Organisation (external website) for more information on the dangers of noise pollution

Policy:
NPPF paragraph 170

see the Planning Practice Guidance website for information on noise issues in planning

see the ProPG: Planning and Noise (external website) for details planning and noise.

Local Plan AreaPolicy reference
Aylesbury Vale No policy
Chiltern CS4 (CDCCS)
GC7 GC8 S5 (CDCLP)
South Bucks EP3 (SBDCLP)
Wycombe DM30 (WDLP)

Please DO:

  • consider the environmental impacts early
  • engage an acoustic consultant to draft a report
  • set out the scope of the report
  • explain the methodology used (including monitoring, equipment, conditions)
  • show a full table of results
  • include a comparison of survey results with noise standards
  • set out recommendations for noise control methods
  • consider cumulative noise impacts where relevant

When should you submit a noise assessment?

A noise impact assessment prepared by a suitably qualified acoustician should support applications that raise issues of disturbance or are considered to be noise sensitive developments. This includes new industrial development close to existing residential development; new residential development close to existing  industrial development; Minerals and waste development; and Energy generation development including wind turbines. If you are unsure whether your proposal requires a noise assessment, please use the planning advice service.

 

What is it?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance

an assessment of how the open space needs of a development will be met 

OR

a justification for the loss of an open space

to protect the loss of essential open space, and identify opportunities for the creation of new open space

Policy:
NPPF paragraphs 92, 96-101

Local guidance:

Good Practice Guide for the Provision of Open Space [PDF | 500KB] (Aylesbury Vale)

see the Open Spaces Framework [PDF | 6.46MB] (Wycombe)

Local Plan AreaPolicy reference
Aylesbury Vale No policy
Chiltern CS28 (CDCCS)
R4 R7 R8 R10 (CDCLP)
South Bucks CP5 (SBDCCS)
Wycombe CP7 (WDLP)
DM16 (DSA)

Please DO:

  • read the relevant local guidance (above)
  • as a guideline for the provision of open space, it is recommended to provide 4.45 hectares of open space per 1,000 population

When should you submit a open space assessment?

You should submit this information if your proposal generates the need for open space, or if your proposal involves the total or partial loss of open space provision. You may also need to submit a community needs assessment. If you are unsure whether your proposal requires an open space assessment, please use the planning advice service.

 

What is it?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance

Details of existing and proposed parking provision

to ensure schemes have the appropriate provision and a strategy for parking.

See the Buckinghamshire Parking Guidance (external website) for information on parking provision in Buckinghamshire

Local Guidance:

Parking Guidelines – Supplementary Planning Guidance [PDF | 113KB] (Aylesbury Vale)

Please DO:

When should you submit a parking plan / parking strategy?

It is recommended to submit a parking plan / parking strategy for all major applications, this can be included as part of your transport assessment. We would also recommend including a parking plan for minor developments where a new / altered access is proposed or where additional vehicle movements are proposed or may increase as a result of development. If you are unsure whether your proposal requires a parking plan / parking strategy, please use the planning advice service.

 

What is it?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance

a statement setting out the consultation process that has been undertaken prior to submitting a planning application

to conform with the Councils' adopted Statement of Community Involvement (see right)

Local guidance:

Aylesbury Vale Statement of Community Involvement [PDF | 902KB]

Buckinghamshire Minerals and Waste Statement of Community Involvement [PDF | 653KB]

Chiltern Statement of Community Involvement (external website)

South Bucks Statement of Community Involvement (external website)

Wycombe Statement of Community Involvement [PDF | 981KB]

Please DO:

  • show you have considered the relevant Statement of Community Involvement (see above)
  • set out the responses received
  • explain how the application has been modified to deal with concerns expressed
  • show evidence of conforming to 'pre-application consultation'

When should you submit a Statement of Community Involvement?

It is recommended to submit a Statement of Community Involvement on all large major applications (200 or more dwellings, 10,000 sq m or more non-residential floorspace, or a site size of 2 hectares or more). If you are unsure whether your proposal requires a statement of community involvement, please use the planning advice service.

 

What is it?Why is it needed?
a drawing that shows a finished view of how the proposed new building would fit in amongst the adjoining buildings

to demonstrate how proposed buildings relate to existing site levels and neighbouring development

Policy:
NPPF paragraphs 124-132

Local Plan AreaPolicy reference
Aylesbury Vale No policy
Chiltern GC1 (CDCLP)
South Bucks EP3 (SBDCCS)
Wycombe DM35 (WDLP)

Please DO:

  • show the proposed slab levels/roof ridge height(s)/roof eaves
  • show the existing neighbouring building slab levels/roof ridge height/roof eaves height
  • show existing level of road outside the site
  • detail how adjoining building info has been obtained
  • include certification of the accuracy of the representation of adjoining properties

 

What is it?Why is it needed?How to prepare / further guidance

A statement outlining all the elements of the scheme that address sustainable development issues (including the positive environmental, social and economic implications)

To ensure sustainability factors have been considered in development proposals.

Local guidance:

Sustainable Construction and Renewable Energy SPD (external website) (Chiltern)

Please DO:

  • set out the energy efficiency of the proposed development, covering both operational energy and CO2 issues, and consideration of options for renewable energy
  • set out the environmental implications of the use of the building materials (and use of recycled materials) proposed in the development
  • show how use of sustainable drainage systems and water efficiency will be incorporated
  • show consideration for brownfield sites
  • show consideration for water manage, promoting resource efficiency
  • show how features of the site (eg topography and orientation) have informed sustainable design principles
  • show the predicted energy demand of the proposed development and the degree to which the development meets current energy standards
  • where appropriate, include a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rating (external website)

When should you submit a sustainability statement?

You are encouraged to submit a sustainability statement with all developments, but as a minimum a Sustainability Statement should be submitted with all major development applications, or developments valued at £500,000 (for schools), or £1 million (other schemes). If you are unsure whether your proposal requires a sustainability statement, please use the planning advice service.

 

What is it?Why is it needed?
a statement setting out details of the existing utilities serving a site and how utilities will be provided within the site

to ensure there is no conflict between services and existing site features or proposed landscaping.

Local Plan AreaPolicy reference
Aylesbury Vale No policy
Chiltern CS26 (CDCCS)
South Bucks No policy
Wycombe DM38 (WDLP)

Please DO:

  • show how the availability of utility services has been examined
  • demonstrate whether proposals would result in undue stress on the delivery of utility services
  • explain whether proposals incorporate any utility requirements (eg substations, telecommunications equipment, facilitation of broadband, etc)
  • demonstrate how damage to trees and archaeological remains has been avoided
  • show how existing infrastructure is being relocated or protected (if discussions with providers requires this)

When you should submit a utilities statement

It is recommended to submit a utilities statement for all major applications, or applications that are not currently connected to the utilities network. If you are unsure whether your proposal requires a utilities assessment, please use the planning advice service.

 

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Do you need assistance in preparing a valid application?

If any information in your application is incorrect or missing, it will be returned to you, delaying your planning process. We offer a Validation Advice service to advise you on creating a valid planning application.

You can find details on this service on the planning and building control services and fees page.

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How do you submit a planning application?

Details on how to apply for planning permission can be found on your local area webpages:

For Minerals and Waste development, please see the Minerals and Waste website (external website).

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Further information

For further information and local guidance, please see the local area websites:

Alternatively you can contact your local area planning team by email:

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This page was last updated 1 April 2020.