SPDs and guidance

We have produced a wide range of supporting documents and guidance. They offer guidance on a range of issues and some give more detailed information on the policies within the Development Plan.

Our guidance can be broken down into the following types:

You can also view our in-progress SPDs and guidance below.

Adopted Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs)

Supplementary planning documents (SPDs) add further detail to the policies in the Local Plan. They are a material consideration in planning decisions but are not part of the development plan.

Our Supplementary Planning Documents are divided into the following categories:

  • Topic-based SPDs - provides further clarity and guidance on specific policy topics including design, housing intensification, and planning obligations
  • Village Design statements - describes the unique design character of particular villages

Topic-based SPDs

The following Supplementary Planning Documents relate to specific topics or issues.

What is it?

The Chilterns' buildings design guide was originally published in 1999 and was adopted as Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) by local planning authorities covering over 90 per cent of the AONB. A second edition of the guide was published in 2010. 

The design guide covers such topics as the setting of buildings, the design of vernacular features and the use of traditional local materials. The design guide is also supported by three additional technical notes on the use of flint, clay products and roofing materials.

 

What is it?

The community facilities supplementary planning document sets out our approach to planning applications that could result in the loss or re-provision of community facilities.

It was published in October 2011.

 

What is it?

The housing intensification supplementary planning document sets out how developments within existing residential areas can be undertaken to ensure a high quality environment as an end result.

It was last updated in October 2011.

 

What is it?

The planning obligations supplementary planning document sets out our policies and procedures for securing planning obligations including for affordable housing. It explains the relationship between section 106 planning obligations and CIL. It also sets out the procedures for assessing and responding to viability where it is demonstrated to be an issue for development delivery.

It was published in April 2013.

Update

The government has set out national thresholds for securing planning obligations, and introduced a vacant building credit when calculating affordable housing requirements. (See ministerial statement, 28 November 2014 (external website).)

The Council has published an updated response to the Written Ministerial Statement to take account of the NPPF (July 2018).

 

What is it?

In June 2017 we updated our guidance relating to the design of residential developments. The residential design guidance SPD aims to ensure that all new residential development we build is designed well, contributes positively to the area and is great to live in for years to come. 

This guidance is not intended to cover all aspects of design. It deals with the issues that are seen as being most important for Wycombe district including:

  • character
  • connections and movement
  • green infrastructure
  • parking design
  • building relationships
  • flat design

It applies to all residential development in the district.

 

Village Design Statements

Village design statements are document that describe the distinctive characteristic of a locality, and provides design guidance to influence future development and improve the physical qualities of the area.

Our adopted Village Design Statements are below.

What is it?

The original Village Design Statement was produced in 2000 and was adopted as a supplementary planning document by Wycombe District Council and influenced some of the subsequent developments. The revised boundaries and other changes in Downley resulted in a revised version of the Village Design Statement in 2007.

 

What is it?

The Village Design Statement for Ellesborough was published in 2003, and sets out a description of Ellesborough Parish, guidance for the planning and design of any future development in the Parish, and ensures that the best design criteria are observed.

 

What is it?

The Village Design Statement for Lacey Green and Loosley Row was prepared by people and parish councillors from the local community, with support from Wycombe District Council. The Village Design Statement was adopted in 2007 as a supplementary planning document.

 

 

Non-statutory planning guidance

Below is a list of our non-statutory planning guidance. This has not gone through the statutory process of SPDs, but are still a material consideration on planning applications.

Our non-statutory guidance is split into the following categories:

Conservation area appraisals

A Conservation Area Appraisal is an objective analysis of the elements which together define the special architectural or historic interest of a conservation area. The appraisal seeks to describe and map these elements to inform everyone involved in the planning process.

Our designated conservation areas and relevant appraisals can be viewed on our heritage and conservation page.

Development briefs

Development briefs are documents prepared in advance of an application for development being submitted. They are generally only prepared on large complex sites. Development briefs should set out clearly and simply the kind of place that should be created.

The Council has adopted a number of site-specific development briefs, these are not Supplementary Planning Documents and can be seen below. Briefs that we produce in the future will be added to this list, but they will be SPDs as they are based on policies in the newly adopted Local Plan.

You can view the adopted development briefs for Wycombe below.

What is it?

Abbey Barn South is allocated in policy HW5 of the Wycombe District Local Plan for around 580 homes. There are a number of issues and constraints that will need to be carefully taken into account in the development of this site.

development brief was adopted in July 2016 to address these issues in more detail.

More Information

For more information on this site, please see the Abbey Barn South webpage.

 

What is it?

This concept statement deals with the Cressex Island site. The concept statement seeks to develop further the preferred options for this site. It provides a clear basis for future development of the site based on key constraints and assets, identifying key considerations for design solutions and in the context of broader redevelopment potential in the area.

This concept statement was published in November 2008.

 

What is it?

This document has been prepared to give a simple clear expression of the kind of place that the RAF Daws Hill Site should become. It is intended to be a starting point for thinking and expresses the underlying principles, concepts and expectations that are sought from the redevelopment of this important site in the Daws Hill area of High Wycombe.

A development brief was adopted in December 2012.

More Information

For more information on this site, please see the Daws Hill webpage.

 

Gomm Valley and Ashwells is allocated in policy HW6 of the Wycombe District Local Plan for around 720 homes. There are a number of issues and constraints that will need to be carefully taken into account in the development of this site.

development brief was adopted in July 2017 to address these issues in more detail.

More Information

For more information on this site, please see the Gomm Valley and Ashwells webpage.

 

What is it?

This document has been prepared to give a simple clear expression of the kind of place that the Leigh Street Quarter should become. It is intended to be a starting point for thinking and expresses the underlying principles, concepts and expectations that are sought from the regeneration of the area.

development brief was approved in November 2008.

More Information

For more information on this site, please see the Leigh Street webpage.

 

What is it?

The Brief sets out the District and County Councils’ planning requirements and expectations for the future development of the Little Marlow Gravel Pits site. To assist landowners and developers it offers advice, sets guidelines and provides details of the constraints that exist for development, and highlights opportunities to be exploited.

This development brief was approved in March 2002.

More Information

 

What is it?

This brief is intended to offer guidance for the future redevelopment of the site to assist landowners and developers to formulate proposals that achieve wider objectives and to reassure local people and businesses about what is intended and what the benefits and impacts will be.

This document provides non-statutory development guidance for the site that will be used to evaluate planning applications for redevelopment as and when they are submitted with the aim of coordinating development to achieve wider objectives.

This development brief was adopted in November 2007.

 

What is it?

This document has been prepared to give a simple clear expression of the kind of place taht Riley Road should become. It is intended to be a starting point for thinking and expresses the underlying principles, concepts and expectations that are sought from the regeneration of this important site in the centre of Marlow.

 

Slate Meadow is allocated in policy BE1 of the Wycombe District Local Plan for around 150 homes. There are a number of issues and constraints that will need to be carefully taken into account in the development of this site.

development brief was adopted in May 2018 to inform future development of the site.

More Information

For more information on this site, please see the Slate Meadow webpage.

 

Terriers Farm is allocated in policy HW7 of the Wycombe District Local Plan for around 500-540 homes.

development brief was adopted in March 2018 to inform future development of the site.

More Information

For more information on this site, please see the Terriers Farm webpage.

 

Other non-statutory guidance

What is it?

The landscape character assessment provides a greater understanding of the landscape character of the Wycombe District which can be used to inform policy, planning and management actions. It consists of a main report, analyses of the various key landscape character types found in the Wycombe district, and five appendices.

 

What is it?

The Open Spaces framework describes what open space provision exists across the district and in the individual settlements. It does not supersede other open space related studies but collates, coordinates and prioritises recommendations from these, provides a common information base and sets out our approach to the provision and planning of open space including local standards.

 

What is it?

Buckinghamshire County Council adopted new countywide parking standards from 6 October 2015. While it does not have the same weight as Wycombe District Council adopted supplementary planning guidance, none-the-less it has sufficient weight to justify careful consideration in the determination of all planning applications moving forward.

 

Strategies and policy documents

These are planning related documents that set out the Council’s strategy and position on different issues.

What is it?

The South quadrant transport strategy sets a ten year vision for transport in the southern area of High Wycombe, covering the area of East Booker, Cressex, and Daws Hill. It establishes priorities and schemes that will deliver positive benefits for all, supporting our land use planning.

 

Advice notes

We have produced a range of advice notes to provide guidance on a series of topics.

What is it?

This advice note has been published by Wycombe District Council to assist property owners who are considering displaying advertisements. It is based on the Development Plan policies but is not statutory advice; however, it is considered to represent a material consideration in the assessment of all advertisement related planning applications determined by the Council on or after the date of publication.

 

What is it?

This guidance has been produced by Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT), Buckinghamshire County Council, Milton Keynes Council, Natural England, and the Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Environment Records Centre (BMERC).

It has been arranged to align with National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sections on biodiversity. This guidance identifies various biodiversity features which should be protected and enhanced through the planning system, features which should be protected, and opportunities to deliver biodiversity enhancements.

 

What is it?

This guidance has been produced by the Buckinghamshire Rural Affairs Group (BRAG), and is designed to offer a ‘one-stop-shop’ solution for the county’s rural businesses and enterprises whether they are looking to expand, diversify or change the nature of how they operate altogether.

 

What is it?

The advice note has been prepared by Wycombe District Council to help people who intend to plant a native hedgerow choose the correct species, plant and maintain the hedgerow in a manner likely to enable it to establish successfully.

 

What is it?

The note has been produced by Wycombe District Council and the Environment Agency to provide guidance on how to protect and enhance the River Wye environment. This advice note was originally produced to fulfil the recommendations made in the River Wye study [PDF | 10.29 MB].

 

What is it?

This note has been produced by Wycombe District Council to provide guidance on proposals for telecommunications equipment, and how these are dealt with by the planning department. It was published in June 2010.

 

What is it?

This advice note prepared by Wycombe District Council sets out how trees can be planted in hard surface environments, and the expectations by Wycombe District Council when looking at tree pit designs in planning proposals.

 

What is it?

This advice note prepared by Wycombe District Council supports the implementation of Policy DM5 of the Delivery and Site Allocations Plan (July 2013). It was updated in September 2019 to reflect the adoption of the Wycombe District Local Plan.

 

What is it?

This note prepared by Wycombe District Council, Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council advises developers on the provisions that need to be made for the containment, storage and collection of waste (including the separation of recyclable materials).

It provides localised guidance in respect to the current waste services provided by the Joint Waste Team (on behalf of Chiltern, Wycombe, and South Bucks District Councils).

 

What is it?

This advice note prepared by Wycombe District Council has been prepared to provide guidance to applicants on how a development might impact on wildlife, why the Council requests ecological information, how such information might be obtained and how wildlife can be enhanced through development.

 

In-progress SPDs and guidance

Below you can see the progress of emerging SPDs and other planning guidance.

What is it?

Abbey Barn North is allocated in policy HW4 of the Wycombe District Local Plan for around 467 homes. There are a number of issues and constraints that will need to be carefully taken into account in the development of this site.

development brief will be produced to set out the guiding principles of how the site could be developed in the future to provide new, high-quality housing.

When it is finalised, the guidance set out in the development brief will help to shape a detailed planning application.

What's happening next?

We are consulting on a draft development brief for the site between Wednesday 20 November to Tuesday 17 December.

See the consultation page for more information.

More Information

For more information on this site, please see the Abbey Barn North webpage.

 

What is it?

This Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) provides detailed guidance to help you achieve canopy cover requirements as set out in policy DM34: Delivering Green Infrastructure and Biodiversity in Development of the Wycombe District Local Plan.

Once adopted, this SPD will form a "material consideration" (a matter that should be taken into account) when deciding planning applications.

The SPD covers all types of new development. Outside of town centres and on sites of half a hectare or more, a canopy coverage of 25% is required. On other sites, either within the town centres or less than half a hectare, the requirement is to maximise opportunities for canopy cover.

What's happening next?

A six-week consultation on the draft Canopy Cover Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) is currently underway. The SPD is a planning guidance document to help implement policy DM34 for the Wycombe District Local Plan.

Please make your comments on the consultation draft by 5 January 2020 (11.59pm). See the consultation page for more information.

consultation event will be held on Wednesday 4 December in support of the consultation.

 

What is it?

Wycombe District Council and Buckinghamshire County Council have commissioned Steer to develop a Transport Vision and Strategy for the High Wycombe area.

The Transport Vision will set out an ambition for how High Wycombe should look and feel in 2050 and will set the ‘direction of travel’ for the medium and longer term. The Vision will consider the implications of trends in technology and movement in the High Wycombe context, and how such trends should be accepted and harnessed (or rejected and mitigated) now and over the next 30 years. The Transport Vision will be delivered in Summer 2019.

The Transport Strategy will be a core product of the Transport Vision. The Transport Vision will set the overarching direction, and the Transport Strategy will provide the implementation plan, in transport terms. A new, holistic Transport Strategy for High Wycombe will help to:

  • understand existing and potential future transport issues;
  • manage the impacts of proposed developments;
  • deliver wider place-related improvements; and
  • better co-ordinate planned and future transport schemes

What's happening next?

We will publish the findings of these studies as this project develops.

 

What is it?

Hollands Farm is allocated in policy BE2 of the Wycombe District Local Plan for around 467 homes. There are a number of issues and constraints that will need to be carefully taken into account in the development of this site.

development brief will be prepared for the site to address these issues in more detail.

What's happening next?

We are currently preparing a draft of the Development Brief which we aim to consult on in Spring 2020.

More Information

For more information on this site, please see the Hollands Farm webpage.

 

What is it?

The Wycombe District Local Plan was adopted on 19 August 2019. This Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) provides detailed guidance to assist applicants with achieving the design quality required by Policy DM35: Placemaking and Design Quality of the Wycombe District Local Plan.

This SPD will, once adopted, form a material consideration which will be used to inform any planning applications that come forward relating to householder planning applications. It will be taken into account by the Council when determining these applications.

The SPD covers most types of householder development and specifically includes the following:

  • extensions in the green belt
  • front extensions
  • side extensions
  • rear extensions
  • roof extensions and alterations
  • garages and parking
  • decking
  • loss of light and the 56/60-degree rule
  • unneighbourly form
  • overlooking
  • outbuildings
  • residential annexes
  • boundary treatments

What's happening next?

We ran a six-week consultation on the draft Householder Planning & Design Guidance Supplementary Planning Document, a planning guidance document to help householders when considering extending or altering their home. See the consultation page for more information.

We will review the comments received and finalise the guidance in 2020.

 

What is it?

The Planning Obligations SPD builds on a number of policies contained in the Wycombe District Local Plan and the Delivery and Site Allocations Plan.

The document sets out our approach to securing planning obligations from new developments, either to ensure infrastructure is put in place to address the impacts of development or to control and enhance certain aspects of the development.

What's happening next?

We are now running a six-week consultation on the Planning Obligations Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The document sets out our approach to securing planning obligations from new developments, either to ensure infrastructure is put in place to address the impacts of development or to control and enhance certain aspects of the development.

We invite your comments on the consultation draft by 5 January 2020. Please see the consultation page for more information.

consultation event will be held on 4 December in support of the consultation.

 

What is it?

The Wycombe District Local Plan allocates around 2500 homes in Princes Risborough, mostly through a major expansion west of the town.

The Council has prepared further detailed guidance for the expansion and is now about to consult on a draft of this guidance which is in the form of a Supplementary Planning Document.

The draft Princes Risborough Expansion Supplementary Planning Document (Referred to in the Local Plan as “Capacity and Delivery Plan”) is based on the policies from the new Wycombe District Local Plan, and sets out more detail about how these should be delivered.

In doing so it provides a framework to help guide the preparation and assessment of future planning applications within the expansion area.

This document will form a material consideration that should inform any planning applications that come forward relating to the expansion area and will be taken into account by the Local Planning Authority when determining these.

What's happening next?

We consulted on the draft Princes Risborough Expansion SPD in summer 2019, you can view the draft documents and the responses recieved on the consultation webpage.

We will review the comments received and finalise the guidance by the end of 2019.

More Information

For more information on this site, please see the Princes Risborough Expansion Area webpage.