GET IN­VOLVED WITH OUR PLAN

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

CLLR PETER MARTIN, cab­i­net mem­ber sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil CLLR NICK

NAYLOR, port­fo­lio holder sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, South Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cil ALONG with coun­cils all over the coun­try, we are de­vel­op­ing a lo­cal plan to meet hous­ing and busi­ness use needs to take us up to 2036.

Chiltern and South Bucks have opted to carry out this work jointly for greater ef­fi­ciency and cost sav­ings.

When it comes to iden­ti­fy­ing suit­able sites for de­vel­op­ment, both dis­tricts share the same dif­fi­culty – swathes of land lie in the green belt – about 87% – where de­vel­op­ment is ex­tremely re­stricted.

Gov­ern­ment re­quires us to re­view our green belt when de­vel­op­ing a new lo­cal plan.

As we are un­able to meet the hous­ing need within our de­vel­oped ar­eas, ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances ex­ist which jus­tify re­leas­ing sites which per­form weakly against green belt cri­te­ria. Ini­tially, we re­viewed around 420 green belt sites, tak­ing just 15 through to the Pre­ferred Op­tions stage.

We are now con­sult­ing on these 15 sites and urge peo­ple to get in­volved. The con­sul­ta­tion closes on December 12 at 5pm.

We ap­pre­ci­ate this is a com­plex sub­ject, and peo­ple are be­ing asked to ab­sorb a lot of in­for­ma­tion.

The im­por­tance of this con­sul­ta­tion is such that we have ar­ranged 15 pub­lic events to en­sure peo­ple get the full facts rather than rely on hearsay and ru­mour.

Those we’ve held so far have proved very suc­cess­ful.

Do come along to one of these ex­hi­bi­tions, make in­formed re­sponses and be part of the process by which we are plan­ning for our dis­tricts up un­til 2036.

More than 620 peo­ple at­tended the first five of our tour­ing ex­hi­bi­tions, and we hope they will help us spread the word.

Static ex­hi­bi­tions are avail­able to view at both Chiltern and South Bucks of­fices, and the in­for­ma­tion with a list of pub­lic events can be found at www.chiltern. gov.uk or www.south­bucks.gov.uk.

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