District coun­cils urg­ing the pub­lic to have their say

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DISTRICT coun­cils are urg­ing peo­ple to have their say on the fu­ture of their area.

The ini­tial stage in Chiltern District Coun­cil (CDC) and South Bucks District Coun­cil’s (SBDC) bid to pro­duce a Joint Lo­cal Plan has reached its half­way mark.

Re­sponse to a con­sul­ta­tion, run by both coun­cils, is said to have been en­cour­ag­ing as peo­ple ad­dress is­sues ahead of ar­eas be­ing cho­sen for po­ten­tial de­vel­op­ment.

The is­sues and op­tions con­sul­ta­tion seeks views on 12 op­tions to iden­tify and put for­ward for test­ing, in­clud­ing a green belt as­sess­ment and the in­fra­struc­ture needed to sus­tain com­mu­ni­ties for the next 20 years.

The find­ings from this con­sul­ta­tion will in­form the next stage of the Joint Lo­cal Plan process and a draft plan will then be put to the pub­lic in early 2017 for fi­nal feed­back.

The fi­nal plan should be ready for sub­mis­sion in late 2017.

Nick Naylor, SBDC’s port­fo­lio holder for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, said: “So far, peo­ple have re­sponded en­er­get­i­cally to our con­sul­ta­tion, but we are pos­i­tively en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery­one to have their say – young­sters who will in­herit the legacy of de­ci­sions made now, adults whose needs will change sig­nif­i­cantly in the next 20 years, com­mu­nity groups, busi­nesses and landown­ers. We need as much in­put from peo­ple as pos­si­ble.”

Peter Martin, CDC’s cab­i­net mem­ber for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, said: “It’s im­per­a­tive that the Joint Lo­cal Plan we de­velop is fu­ture-proof, ro­bust and with­stands scru­tiny when it’s sub­mit­ted. This is the first stage – the foun­da­tions of the plan, if you like – and we need pub­lic in­put to en­sure those foun­da­tions are sturdy. We are ask­ing a lot from our res­i­dents, but only be­cause de­vel­op­ing a strong Lo­cal Plan is so crit­i­cal to our com­mu­ni­ties’ fu­tures.”

More than 65 peo­ple at­tended a meet­ing, or­gan­ised by the Che­sham So­ci­ety, about Chiltern District Coun­cil and South Bucks District Coun­cil’s new emerg­ing Lo­cal Plan, at Che­sham Town Hall, on Wed­nes­day Fe­bru­ary 17.

The Lo­cal Plan will de­ter­mine the level of growth needed up un­til 2036 and how and where that de­vel­op­ment should be de­liv­ered.

The so­ci­ety in­vited leader of Chiltern District Coun­cil Iso­bel Darby and Peter Martin, the coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for sus­tain­abil­ity, to talk about the plan, show a video and ques­tions.

Chair­man of the Che­sham So­ci­ety Tony Molesworth said: “Af­ter a com­pre­hen­sive briefing by coun­cil­lors Iso­bel Darby and Peter Martin about the con­sul­ta­tion on the new Lo­cal Plan, they

an­swer an­swered a wide range of ques­tions.

Coun­cil­lors wel­comed the con­tri­bu­tions from the pub­lic and em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of peo­ple par­tic­i­pat­ing and re­spond­ing with lo­cal ideas and knowl­edge, which will make a ro­bust plan to meet the needs com­mu­nity.

Mr Molesworth added: “Con­cerns were ex­pressed about the large num­ber of houses that may need to be built in Che­sham, es­pe­cially where th­ese can be lo­cated and how our al­ready creak­ing

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Peo­ple at­tend­ing the Che­sham So­ci­ety’s meet­ing on the new

Lo­cal Plan

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