The Neighbourhood Plan sets out the local community’s vision for the future of the area. The Neighbourhood Plan forms part of the District Council’s Local Plan and carries significant weight in deciding planning applications within the Parish.
The Neighbourhood Plan was developed over a period of 18 months, during which the Parish Council consulted with local residents, businesses and other interested parties before being reviewed by an independent Examiner and subject to a referendum of local residents.
The process, mandated by government legislation:
- developed a shared vision based on the views of local residents and businesses;
- helped set planning criteria for new homes, shops, businesses and other development;
- identified and protected important local green spaces; and
- influenced what new buildings should look like.
On 4th May 2017 the community approved the Neighbourhood Plan with 81.48% voting in favour of the Plan and on 23rd June 2017 Wycombe District Council formally adopted the Bledlow-cum-Saunderton Neighbourhood Plan and its Appendices.