THERE was a full house at the newly refurbished Radcliffe Centre for the launch of Buckingham’s Neighbourhood Development Plan on Monday evening.
Hosted by the Buckingham Society in conjunction with Buckingham Town Council, the audience included residents, representatives of community organisations and town and district councillors.
Buckingham town plan officer Sam Dix presented the first stage of the plan, the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report, outlining the existing situation and problems.
The final document should be completed in a year’s time.
Chairman of the town council’s planning committee, Warren Whyte, urged people to get involved in planning the document, which will help decide on the future development of Buckingham.
Housing was a particular issue, with concerns being raised about affordability and the lack of supporting infrastructure such as education, healthcare and particularly sewerage.
Mr Dix said: “Lace Hill has pushed Buckingham over the edge with regard to sewerage.”
Transport congestion was another important concern.
One resident said the two new housing developments would bring 1,000 extra cars into the town, and asked where the town council proposed to put the new car parking.
With Buckingham set to accept a further 1,000 houses, another resident asked where the secondary school places would be for the children from those homes.
The need to create more jobs in Buckingham and what type of industry to encourage was also discussed.
Download a copy of the scoping report at www.buckingham-tc.gov.uk