Although the Examination in Public has still to be re-arranged, the Planning Inspectors have reviewed the Council’s Duty to Co-operate with other local authorities when preparing the draft Local Plan. The Inspectors have written to Buckinghamshire Council to advise that it is their conclusion that the procedures required in regard to the Duty to Co-operate with Slough Borough Council have not been correctly followed. Unless the Council can demonstrate otherwise, the Inspectors cannot consider the Local Plan to be compliant and there is a strong likelihood that the Council will have to withdraw it.
A copy of the Inspectors’ letter to the council can be found here.
A copy of the Council’s response can be found here.
We will continue to update our site to keep you informed of new developments…
Stage 1 of the EiP has been postponed – it was due to commence on 17 March – due to Coronavirus.
Stage 1 considers legal, procedural and strategic issues including the spatial strategy, distribution of growth, housing and employment needs and the principle of changes to green belt boundaries – it will not cover individual site allocations.
In Stage 1, the Inspectors were to deal with Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils, however those councils will be abolished on 31 March. Stage 2 will not begin before May, after formation of the new, unitary, Buckinghamshire Council.
The examination of the Plan will then continue with the new unitary council. Stage 2 of the EiP will deal with outstanding matters, including the site allocations, probably in May and June – as soon as dates are know they will be published on this website…
The two Planning Inspectors who will undertake the Examination in Public (EiP) have been appointed. They are Matthew Birkinshaw BA(Hons) Msc MRTPI and David Troy BSc (Hons) MA MRTPI.
They have written to Chiltern & South Bucks Councils to seek a lot of additional information, before they can even consider the dates for the EiP hearing. The latest information available is that, instead of the hearings sessions starting in December 2019, as originally envisaged, they may not commence until the 2nd quarter of 2020.
When the dates are announced, they will be posted on this news page.
The joint response to the Consultation on the Chiltern and South Bucks Draft Local Plan has today (19 August 2019) been submitted to the councils for presentation to the Planning Inspector at the Examination in Public – the date of which has yet to be announced.
A copy of the Joint Representation, together with copies of the accompanying reports from independent consultants are available to read from the Key Documents page.
Chiltern & South Bucks councils have extended the closing date for the Local Consultation to Friday 23 August.
If you have not already sent in your response, this will give you more time but, as nothing has changed regarding the Draft Plan itself or the guidance supplied by the Coordination Group in its leaflet, it is recommended that you go ahead with your response, as soon as you are ready!
The Coordination Group has published the first draft of the response it will make to the Examination in Public.
Please be aware that it is yet to be submitted and that minor changes or additions may be made.
You may wish to include some of the points made when preparing your own response. To view the draft, as well as a guide to preparing a response, click here.
The Coordination Group will be distributing a leaflet to homes around the village on the weekend of 6th July, to help people prepare responses to the Examination in Public by the deadline of 19 July.
The leaflet – and the slides used in the recent Village Hall presentations – are available now on this website. Please visit the Key Documents page or click here.
The Community Association and the Parish Council arranged a series of five public meetings at the Village Hall on the 22nd, 24th and 25th of June. These were attended by approximately 250 residents, who were updated by the Coordination Group on the current Examination in Public and advised of the need to respond before 19 July.
A leaflet is currently being printed that will help people prepare their responses: this will be distributed around the village on the weekend of 6th July.
The leaflet will also be posted on this website. The slides used in the presentation will also be available here in case you were unable to attend the meetings.
Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils has announced that the publishing of the draft Local Plan for consultation, scheduled for June/July this year, has again been delayed.
As part of the evidence documentation, traffic modelling is required for motorway junctions that, directly or indirectly, will be affected by the Local Plan, and Highways England, the responsible authority for undertaking the modelling, needs more time to undertake the modelling and produce reports.
No revised date is available but it is expected to be in the autumn.