Neighbourhood Watch: Buckinghamshire parish plans hit the buffers

News that two neighbourhood plans have suffered serious setbacks in Buckinghamshire features in the latest Neighbourhood Watch update.

Longwick: neighbourhood plan withdrawn
Longwick: neighbourhood plan withdrawn

At the end of last month, Aylesbury Vale District Council announced that it would no longer contest a legal challenge made by developer Lightwood Strategic to the Haddenham Neighbourhood Plan, which was adopted in September 2015. 

The council said that the decision to withdraw from the legal challenge "will mean that the housing policies in the Haddenham Neighbourhood Plan will then be quashed and removed".

Meanwhile, in neighbouring Wycombe, Longwick-cum-Ilmer Parish Council has accepted the recommendation of Wycombe District Council to formally withdraw its neighbourhood plan after an examiner recommended significant modifications to the document.

The council said that the changes recommended by the examiner - including removing part of a proposed policy limiting development to rural uses outside of the settlement boundary - "fundamentally alter the plan so that sustainable development is no longer achieved. The plan no longer meets its purposes".

David Johncock, the cabinet member responsible for planning and sustainability said: "We’ve worked closely with the parish council on this for a very long time to find an acceptable way to accommodate some development within the village whilst ensuring that it largely maintains its present character and provides sustainability. It’s therefore very disappointing that after all this work, we have had to in effect press the ‘reset’ button."

OTHER KEY UPDATES

Cheshire West and Chester: Examiner Terry Raymond Heselton has found that, provided modifications are made, the Neston neighbourhood plan can proceed to a referendum. 

Aylesbury Vale: Aylesbury Vale District Council decided to make the Buckland neighbourhood plan part of its local development framework on 4 March. 

Maidstone: Voters have backed the North Loose neighbourhood plan in a local referendum, with 95 per cent voting in favour on a turnout of 34.8 per cent. 

Bracknell Forest: The Binfield neighbourhood plan has been endorsed by residents in a local referendum. There was an 82.3 per cent vote in favour of using the plan on a turnout of 15.5 per cent. 

West Oxfordshire: Voters have backed the Chipping Norton neighbourhood plan in a local poll. There was a 91.8 per cent vote in favour on a turnout of 20.9 per cent. 


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