Local Plan Watch: Bucks councils eye green belt release

Two Buckinghamshire councils are considering plans to remove more than 400 hectares of land from the green belt to provide for around 6,000 homes, as part of their emerging 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 last week to put their green belt preferred options document out to consultation as part of their emerging joint local plan.

The 15 preferred options identified by the consultation document include a 57-hectare plot north east of Chesham and a four-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. Overall, the document suggests that the sites could provide enough land for around 6,000 homes.

LOCAL PLAN UPDATES

EXAMINATION NEWS

Cornwall: Inspector Simon Emerson has backed Cornwall Council's local plan, subject to a number of modifications. The main modifications include an increase in the plan's overall housing requirement from 47,500 to 52,500 over the plan period 2010-30.

Oxfordshire: West Oxfordshire District Council members were due to consider an updated version of the authority's draft local plan as Planning went to press. The examination of the draft plan was suspended earlier this year after an inspector warned that its housing targets were "not justified".

PLANS SUBMITTED

Leicestershire: The North West Leicestershire local plan was submitted for examination to the secretary of state on 4 October. It sets a minimum target of 10,700 dwellings during the plan period to 2031.

PLANS PUBLISHED

Hampshire: New Forest National Park Authority published its local plan review on 3 October. It sets out plans for an additional 700 dwellings to be delivered within the New Forest National Park between 2016 and 2036.

Warwickshire: Rugby Borough Council is consulting on its draft local plan until 11 November. The plan proposes to provide for a minimum of 12,400 new homes between 2011 and 2031, at a rate of 620 a year.

Essex: Epping Forest District Council members were due to consider the authority's draft local plan as Planning went to press. Its proposals would result in the loss of some 200 hectares of green belt to aid the delivery of strategic sites.


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