Buckinghamshire councils consult on green belt releases

Plans to remove 15 sites from the Buckinghamshire green belt have been published for consultation as part of work to progress a joint local plan.

Chilterns: joint plan proposes green belt releases
Chilterns: joint plan proposes green belt releases

Councillors at Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council voted earlier this week to put the Green Belt Preferred Options document out to consultation as part of the emerging Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan.

A forward to the document says that "a key part of the local plan will be to explore options for meeting development needs in the green belt that cannot be met within built areas, on previously developed land nor… in areas outside of Chiltern and South Bucks".

"We are aware that development in the green belt can raise significant concerns within our communities and that if this is to occur it needs to be fully justified.

"For this reason the councils are carrying out a Preferred Options Consultation before making decisions on what development proposals in the green belt should be included in the draft local plan", the document says. 

The 15 preferred options identified by the consultation document range from a 57 hectare plot north east of Chesham to a 4 hectare slice of land next to Taplow Station in the south of the county.

A 117 hectare area east of Beaconsfield could provide up to 1,700 homes, along with some employment space, according to the consultation document.

Members of the public will have from 31 October to 12 December to comment on the proposals. 

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