Council lodges plan to control developments
PLANS to limit and control future development in the Chiltern district are under way.
Chiltern District Council has agreed to submit its local plan, called the Delivery Development Plan Document, to the Planning Inspectorate for examination in public later this year.
The plan will give the council the powers to have more control over any development in the district in the coming years.
It will not stop extra housing from being built, but will give the council the power to say what it believes is appropriate for the district.
Leader of the council Isobel Darby said: “Later this year we are seeking the government’s approval of our planning policies, namely the Delivery Development Plan Document.
“Failure to secure this approval will put us in an extremely vulnerable position with our ability to control development in the district severely weakened.”
She added: “We need to protect our district from developers being able to build anywhere they like.
“A careful and sensible review of the green belt now, which involves our residents, will enable us to do this.
“While protection of the green belt remains a priority for this council, we accept the need for a review which we believe must be undertaken on our terms.
“If we do not undertake this review now, we run the risk of unwelcome changes being enforced upon us.”
If approved, the local plan will cover the district’s housing requirements until 2036.
The plan will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate later this year.