Planning in Buckinghamshire offers great opportunities due to its location with Greater London to the south-east, Berkshire to the south, Oxfordshire to the west, Northamptonshire to the north, Bedfordshire to the north-east and Hertfordshire to the east, together with its position in the Oxford to Cambridge (OxCam) Arc.
Buckinghamshire is one of the home counties with towns such as High Wycombe, Amersham, Chesham and the Chalfonts in the east and southeast of the county forming some of the most densely populated parts of the county. Development in this region is restricted by the Metropolitan Green Belt and the Chilterns AONB. Other large settlements include the county town of Aylesbury, Marlow in the south near the Thames and Princes Risborough in the west near Oxford. The areas around the old county town of Buckingham and near Olney in the northeast, are much less populous. The largest town is Milton Keynes in the northeast, which with the surrounding area is administered as a unitary authority separately to the rest of Buckinghamshire.
The remainder of the county is administered by Buckinghamshire Council as another unitary authority. This Unitary Authority was created in April 2020 from the areas that were previously administered by Buckinghamshire County Council and districts of South Bucks, Chiltern, Wycombe and Aylesbury Vale.
Work has commenced on the Buckinghamshire Local Plan which must be adopted by 2025. Buckinghamshire Council have undertaken a questionnaire survey to start early discussions and find out the issues which local residents and organisations think are important in shaping the future of the area. The questionnaire ended on 11 February 2022 and the results are currently being analysed.
The Council is also making a call for previously developed sites. To submit information on a potential brownfield site, please go to: https://bit.ly/3oo4rHz
In the meantime the current Strategic Planning position in Buckinghamshire is as follows:
The current Local Plan Plan:MK was adopted in March 2019. Plan:MK now forms part of the Council’s Development Plan and replaces both the Core Strategy (2013) and saved policies of the Local Plan (2005).
The adopted version of Plan:MK with, its updated Policies Maps, can be viewed here.
The Local Development Plans for the former Districts are as follows:
The Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP) 2013-2033 was adopted in September 2021. More details of this Local Plan can be viewed here.
Chiltern and South Bucks
The Local Plan for Chiltern District was adopted in 1997. The Local Plan should be read in conjunction with the Core Strategy. The Policies Map shows where the policies in the Plan are applied.
The South Bucks District Local Plan was adopted on 22nd March 1999. South Bucks also have a Core Strategy which is part of the Development Plan together with the Proposals Map.
The development plan for Wycombe is made up of a number of documents.
The Wycombe District Local Plan (WDLP) sets out how future development should take place for the whole area whilst the Delivery and Site Allocations Plan (DSA) – refers primarily to town centres but also contains Wycombe-wide development management policies.
The details of these documents can be viewed here.
Neighbourhood Plans are also in place at a number of villages and local areas throughout Buckinghamshire and are part of the Development Plan once they have been ‘made’.
Buckinghamshire have now published 5 Year Housing Land Supply Position Statements for the County. These show the following:
- Aylesbury Vale 5.2 years
- Chiltern 2.1 years
- South Bucks 2.7 years
- Wycombe 6.5 years
This provides a current window of opportunity for sites in the former Chiltern and South Bucks areas.
Please contact us for further advice or to find out how your property fits into this framework for planning in Buckinghamshire.