The geographical area covered by the Plan
On 10th June 2015 the Bledlow-cum-Saunderton Parish Council submitted an application to designate the parish area as a Neighbourhood Area for the making of the Neighbourhood Plan.
The Parish Council’s proposal was submitted to a public consultation process during a six-week period, from 24th August 2015 to 2nd October 2015. No objections were filed. On 13th October 2015 Wycombe District Council – our Local Authority – designated the whole parish of Bledlow-cum-Saunderton as the geographical area for the Neighbourhood Plan.
The Neighbourhood Plan structure and content
Although there are no fixed rules on how a Neighbourhood Plan is structured and written, usually the final document is organised around the following key components:
- Vision and Objectives – spelling out the community’s overall vision for the area and the related objectives for its future development. The scope of these statements varies from plan to plan and, in our case, has been determined through dialogue with the local community.
- Planning Policies – the Neighbourhood Plan’s Vision and Objectives will be delivered via a series of detailed policies. Since an approved Neighbourhood Plan is part of the statutory local development framework for the area, its policies will be used to determine development proposals and planning applications in our neighbourhood. It is customary that, where necessary, explanatory text or illustrations supplement the Plan’s policies to help with their interpretation.
- Background – information on vision, objective and policies (evidence used or generated; key outcomes of the dialogue with the local community; etc.) is also normally included in the final document.
On 23rd June 2017 Wycombe District Council formally adopted the Bledlow-cum-Saunderton Neighbourhood Plan and its Appendices. From this date the Neighbourhood Plan forms part of Wycombe District Council’s Development Plan and will be used to make decisions related to land uses and planning applications in the Bledlow-cum-Saunderton parish area.
On 7th February 2017 and then on 22nd March 2017 (following a potential legal challenge) Wycombe District Council accepted the recommendations made by the independent Examiner in his Final Report. This decision triggered the preparation of the Consolidated version of the Plan and its Appendices, which was submitted for referendum and approved by the community on 4th May 2017 (81.48% of those voting were in favour of the Plan).
On 25th August 2016, the Parish Council approved the submission of the proposed Bledlow-cum-Saunderton Neighbourhood Plan and its Appendices to Wycombe District Council, as our local planning authority, alongside the Sustainability Appraisal Report (incorporating the Strategic Environmental Assessment), the Basic Conditions Statement and the Consultation Statement (with its Appendix M). This version of the Plan is based on the first draft of the Plan, amended to take into account the comments received during the public consultation of June/July 2016. Wycombe District Council then published the Plan for a final round of public consultation from 12th September to 25th October 2016. Finally Wycombe District Council forwarded the Plan and the comments from the public consultation to an independent Examiner, charged with determining whether the Plan met a number of legal requirements.
On 2nd June 2016 the Parish Council approved the submission for consultation of the first draft of the Bledlow-cum-Saunderton Neighbourhood Plan and its Appendices. This is the first draft of the Plan, which takes into account the outcomes of the Parish Survey in January 2016 and the feedback from the Public Meetings and ensuing consultation in February/March 2016.This version of the Plan underwent public consultation, alongside the draft Sustainability Appraisal Report and its Annex (part of the required evidence in support of the Plan), for a period of six weeks from 8th June to 20th July 2016 inclusive.