What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
A Neighbourhood Plan sets out the local community’s vision for the future of its area. Neighbourhood Plans form part of the District Council’s Local Plan and carry significant weight in deciding planning applications within the Parish. Whilst a Neighbourhood Plan cannot seek to prevent development it can define what scale and nature of development is appropriate.
In summary, Neighbourhood Plans:
- develop a shared vision based on the views of local residents and businesses;
- help set planning criteria for new homes, shops, businesses and other development;
- identify and protect important local green spaces; and
- influence what new buildings should look like.
The Bledlow-cum-Saunderton Neighbourhood Plan
Whilst the Parish Council was responsible for the development of the Plan it was fundamental that it reflected the opinions of residents. The Parish Council consulted with local residents, businesses and other interested parties during the development of the Plan which was then reviewed by an independent Examiner before being subjected to a referendum of local residents.
On 4th May 2017 the community approved the Neighbourhood Plan (81.48% of those voting were in favour of the Plan) and on 23rd June 2017 Wycombe District Council formally adopted the Bledlow-cum-Saunderton Neighbourhood Plan and its Appendices. From this date the Neighbourhood Plan formed 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.