Emerging Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan (2014-2036)


Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council are preparing a new emerging joint Local Plan for Chiltern and South Bucks Districts.

To date, an Initial Consultation Incorporating Issues and Options (January to March 2016) and Green Belt Preferred Options Consultation (October to December 2016) have been carried out in accordance with the Councils' approved Local Development Scheme, or its timetable for producing the Plan; more details are available below.

The next stage in the Local Development Scheme is the publication of the Draft Local Plan for consultation prior to submission for an examination and the Local Development Scheme currently anticipates this to start in October/November 2017.

Since the Local Development Scheme was approved, preparation of the Draft Plan has not progressed at a pace anticipated at that time. For example:

  • The Councils have only recently (July 2017) been able to agree a level of unmet housing need from Chiltern and South Bucks to be accommodated as part of the emerging Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (5,725 to 2033, see Bucks Memorandum of Understanding);

  • The Councils received an unprecedented number of response to its two public consultations, taking time to process and consider The Government, through its Housing White Paper and subsequent and anticipated publications, is introducing changes to the national planning system. Although plan production should not wait for this, it could have significant implications and once introduced will need to be considered (for example the Government expects to publish a national methodology for calculating housing need in September 2017 which could result in a different housing need figure which the emerging Chiltern and South Bucks will need to use);

  • Additional evidence base work has had to be undertaken while others like Transport Modelling and Green Belt Assessment has taken longer than first expected; and

  • Some duty to co-operate discussions are unlikely to be able to be resolved in the time needed to publish a Draft Local Plan for consultation in October/November 2017.

As a result the Councils will be considering a report at their 7th November 2017 Joint Committee which is expected to:

  1. Review the Local Development Scheme (officers anticipate recommending that the Draft Plan consultation stage is revised from October/November 2017 to March/April 2018);

  2. Include a Duty to Co-operate Position Statement setting out in summary discussions, agreed outcomes and outstanding matters and next steps;

  3. Include publication of a Green Belt Development Options Appraisal (Post Preferred Green Belt Options Consultation) which will identify, subject to further duty to co-operate discussions if relevant and final evidence base work, strategic Green Belt options which officers are likely to be recommending to the Councils to be removed from the Green Belt and included in the emerging Draft Local Plan as development proposals; and

  4. Draft emerging Infrastructure Delivery Schedule.

The Councils will be publishing evidence base work on their websites once these become available but expect the following to be available before 7th November 2017 Joint Committee report:

  • Agreed Duty to Co-operate position statements and/or Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the point;

  • Updated Green Belt Assessment Part 2;

  • Green Belt Preferred Options Landscape Assessment;

  • Green Belt Preferred Options Sustainability Appraisal;

  • Transport Modelling;

  • Updated Housing and Economic Development Needs Assessment (HEDNA);

  • Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Needs Assessment;

  • Consultation responses to the Initial Consultation Incorporating Issue and Options and Green Belt Preferred Options Consultation;

  • Recommended summary of responses to the Green Belt Preferred Options Consultation.


Local Plan Evidence Base

An evidence base is being prepared for the emerging Local Plan and can be found here.  For some documents there are earlier versions which have been superseded and these earlier outdated versions can also be found here.

Evidence base documents will be added to as soon as new documents become available.


Initial (Regulation 18) Consultation Incorporating Issues and Options - Now Closed

Between 19th January 2016 until 5pm on 14th March 2016 the Councils carried out their Initial (Regulation 18) Consultation Incorporating Issues and Options on the emerging Local Plan.

All comments received within the consultation period have been considered and assisted the Councils in producing the 'Green Belt Preferred Options' Consultation. Summaries of the responses received as part of this consultation are available here.

The document subject to the Initial Consultation is available to download below. Please note, the document is available for reference purposes only, this is not currently subject to public consultation.

Icon for pdf Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan - Regulation 18 Incorporating Issues and Options Consultation Document (Jan-Mar 2016) [8.25MB]

Green Belt Preferred Options Consultation - Now Closed

Between 31st October and 5pm on the 12th December 2016 Chiltern and South Bucks Councils carried out public consultation on Preferred Green Belt Options the Councils considered to be taken forward in the Local Plan in order to help meet development needs. The Consultation is now closed and the Councils will not be accepting any comments as part of this process. The Councils consulted on these options in order to:

  • seek views to help determine their suitability for development;
  • help understand views on what type of development should be sought if suitable and what type of requirements should be secured as part of development;
  • enable comments on the evidence base that has informed the Consultation; and
  • provide the opportunity for additional options to be put forward.

Consultation responses received in the consultation period are now being processed and analysed to inform decisions on a draft Local Plan.

The document subject to the Green Belt Preferred Options Consultation is available to download below. Please note, the document is available for reference purposes only, this is not currently subject to public consultation.

Icon for pdf Green Belt Preferred Options Consultation Document (Oct - Dec 2016) [5.99MB]

As part of the Consultation the Councils held Public Exhibitions and also produced a presentation video.

What is the Emerging Local Plan?

The Local Plan will set out policies used to determine planning applications, site allocations or proposed new development (e.g. housing or employment) and broader land designations (e.g. Green Belt areas).

The Emerging Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan will replace the adopted: Chiltern District Local Plan (1997), Chiltern District Core Strategy (2011), South Bucks Local Plan (1999), South Bucks Core Strategy (2011) documents and respective Policies Maps; there will be a joint Policies Map prepared as part of the Local Plan.

The timetable for the emerging joint Local Plan is contained in a Local Development Scheme and is adopted by both Councils, more details are available here.

The emerging joint Local Plan will run from 2014 to 2036.

Get Involved - Consultation Database

The Councils now have a joint Consultation Database (mailing list) which will be used to notify interested stakeholders in both Districts. You can register to be notified (by email or letter) at key stages of the plan preparation, including upcoming consultations. More details are available here.

Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council are the data controllers for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998.