Im­por­tant stage for lo­cal plan

First pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on joint de­vel­op­ment strat­egy for Chiltern and South Bucks ex­pected in Jan­uary

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Coun­cil­lors at Chiltern and South Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cils are be­ing asked to en­dorse the im­por­tant ‘is­sues and op­tions’ doc­u­ment ready for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion next month.

This is the first pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion stage in the joint lo­cal plan’s prepa­ra­tion and it in­cludes 12 po­ten­tial op­tions for dis­tribut­ing new de­vel­op­ment .

It is a statu­tory re­quire­ment for all lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to pre­pare a lo­cal plan. This must set out plan­ning poli­cies in the author­ity area and will be im­por­tant when de­cid­ing plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions.

The coun­cils de­cided to pre­pare a joint lo­cal plan in Novem­ber 2015, a de­ci­sion made at both Full Coun­cil meet­ings, partly in re­sponse to na­tional ob­jec­tives to speed up lo­cal plan making and the risk of Gov­ern­ment in­ter­ven­tion for those au­thor­i­ties that fail to meet Gov­ern­ment plan-making expectations.

Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment Coun­cil­lor Peter Martin said: “The joint lo­cal plan is an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity to steer fu­ture de­vel­op­ment in the dis­tricts. Fu­ture growth needs to be planned to en­sure that we cre­ate the sort of con­fi­dence that will help at­tract ma­jor in­vest­ment and en­sure that peo­ple liv­ing in Chiltern and South Bucks reap the ben­e­fits of new busi­ness, jobs, af­ford­able hous­ing and other fa­cil­i­ties.

“This con­sul­ta­tion will give peo­ple the chance to help shape the joint lo­cal plan by telling us what they think of our ideas, and raise any is­sues they think need ad­dress­ing.”

South Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment Coun­cil­lor Nick Nay­lor said: “The gov­ern­ment has re­cently chal­lenged coun­cils na­tion­ally to speed up the prepa­ra­tion of lo­cal plans (by early 2017) and al­though both the Chiltern and South Bucks new lo­cal plan timeta­bles were pro­gress­ing in­de­pen­dently, the coun­cils will now be preparing a joint Lo­cal Plan.

“This will speed up plan­mak­ing, al­low­ing the coun­cils to meet gov­ern­ment tar­gets.

“It would also have the least fi­nan­cial im­pact whilst re­flect­ing both coun­cils’ sim­i­lar­i­ties and ge­o­graph­i­cal dif­fer­ences.”

The is­sues and op­tions con­sul­ta­tion doc­u­ment will go be­fore the cab­i­nets at South Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cil on De­cem­ber 17 and Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil on De­cem­ber 22.

If ap­proved, the doc­u­ment will be sub­ject to an eight-week con­sul­ta­tion start­ing mid-Jan­uary in which mem­bers of the pub­lic will be able to re­view the op­tions and sup­port­ing ev­i­dence on the coun­cils’ web­sites at www.chiltern. gov.uk and www. south­bucks.gov.uk and send in their re­sponses.

There will be two fur­ther con­sul­ta­tion pe­ri­ods prior to the joint lo­cal plan be­ing con­sid­ered at a pub­lic ex­am­i­na­tion in 2017.

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