A neighbourhood plan has begun its third pre‐submission.
Consultation on the Buckingham Neighbourhood Development Plan began on January 20 and will run until 5pm on March 5.
The plan has undergone extensive revision since the previous pre‐submission consultation brought about by the decision of Radclive‐cum‐Chackmore Parish Council to withdraw consent to part of its parish land being included. This third consultation has been necessitated by an error by AVDC in the renewed designation process following that event, which invalidated those results.
One of the main revisions has been to remove the policies relating to the town’s aspiration for future bypasses.
Buckingham Town Council welcomed the change, in light of the government’s announcement that it is to allocate
funds for a strategic study regarding improvements to the road between Milton Keynes and Oxford.
Within the plan there is further protection for Buckingham’s much‐loved green spaces.
Two new ones have been added to the existing proposed sites for designation as Local Green Space, which
bestows protection similar to green belt land.
These areas are the land at the end of Verney Close, linking the SkatePark, river, car park and town; and the land adjoining the river at the Tingewick Road Industrial Park, with the expressed hope that this can be formed into an extension of the Riverside Walk – which in itself forms one of the existing policies.
There are new policies to protect and enhance biodiversity within Buckingham.
In response to expressions of concern over the availability of local jobs, an additional site has come forward designated for employment land.
This brings the proposed total to at least 10 hectares of employment land, which includes new sites, as well as replacement land for the old Tingewick Road Industrial area.
In order to promote good design in new homes and buildings, the town council will draw up a Design Guide for Buckingham, which developers will have to comply with.
Instead of listing design guidelines which may be superseded during the life of the plan, this will allow for flexibility, if required, to respond to the changing design needs of Buckingham up to 2031, while retaining the
best design elements of the historic market town.
Some policies have been removed upon receipt of additional advice that there was no need to replicate content which exists at national level, such as restrictions on building in flood zones.
Leaflets with an illustrative map and summarised key policies will again be delivered to every address in Buckingham. Copies of the plan are available on the town council website and also at Buckingham Library.
Feedback forms are available online at the website or from the library.
Drop-in events, with town councillors and officials on hand to answer questions, will take place in the council chamber, opposite Waitrose, from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, and then on Saturdays, February 7 and 21.
If adopted by the community at referendum, the Buckingham Neighbourhood Development Plan will have legal status in the planning process to determine the nature, extent and placement of development in Buckingham.