Have your say on the vision and objectives for development and transport in Buckinghamshire

Thursday, April 20th, 2023

Buckinghamshire Council wants to hear your views on its draft vision and objectives to guide future development and transport in Buckinghamshire.

The council is creating two long-term plans for what Buckinghamshire should be like in 2040 and how this can be achieved:

  • The Local Plan for Buckinghamshire – to shape and manage future development across Buckinghamshire.
  • Local Transport Plan 5 (LTP 5) – to set out the priorities for all types of transport across Buckinghamshire.

The draft vision and objectives have been developed from what people who work and live in Buckinghamshire have already told the council during a survey that ran from November 2021 to February 2022.

Peter Strachan, Cabinet Member for Planning and Regeneration, said:

“Our new local plan will identify areas suitable for development, whilst safeguarding those that require careful management.

“The plan will set out key requirements for new developments, encompassing an appropriate mix of housing, land allocation for employment opportunities, and the creation of vibrant living spaces, complete with shops and public areas.

“Furthermore, the plan will emphasise the importance of environmental protection by supporting wildlife, conserving scenic landscapes and historical sites, addressing flood risks and protecting the Green Belt.”

Steven Broadbent, Cabinet Member for Transport, added:

“Planning and transport are closely connected, as the availability of accessible and reliable transportation plays a crucial role in the success of any new development. When planning new homes, shops, and places to work, it’s essential to ensure that they are well-connected to the existing road and public transport networks.

“In urban planning, creating communities that are designed for walking, cycling and wheeling are becoming increasingly important. This approach not only promotes physical activity and healthier lifestyles, but also reduces traffic congestion and air pollution.”

“By prioritising the integration of transportation planning with development planning, we can create vibrant and sustainable communities that meet the needs of both current and future generations.”

Find out more about The Local Plan for Buckinghamshire.

To have your say on the plans:

  • Complete the online survey
  • Complete and return a printed version of the survey (can be downloaded from the online survey page)
  • Email: planningpolicyteam.bc@buckinghamshire.gov.uk
  • Write to: Vision and objectives consultation, Planning Policy, Buckinghamshire Council, Queen Victoria Road, High Wycombe, HP11 1BB

If you have any questions about this consultation, please email planningpolicyteam.bc@buckinghamshire.gov.uk or call 0300 131 6000.

Submissions need to be received by midnight on Sunday 4 June 2023.

To keep up to date with the Local Plan for Buckinghamshire, please register online.