Neighbourhood Planning


Neighbourhood planning is a community-led process. It enables people to help shape development in their local area. Communities will be able to develop plans and policies that will become part of the planning framework for their area and grant planning permission for certain types of development. Neighbourhood planning is delivered by 'neighbourhood forums' for their 'neighbourhood area'.

It gives communities the power to:

  • Agree a neighbourhood development plan
  • Make a neighbourhood development order
  • Make a Community Right to Build order

For further information on Neighbourhood Planning - Giving communities more power in planning local development


Neighbourhood Areas in South Bucks

There are eight declared Neighbourhood Areas in South Bucks:

A map showing the eight Neighbourhood Areas will be available to view shortly.

Any community considering whether to bring forward a Neighbourhood Plan or Neighbourhood Development Order should contact the Planning Policy team using the contact details at the bottom of this page.


Higher Denham Neighbourhood Area Application

In addition to the Neighbourhood Areas above, on the 6th June 2017 the Higher Denham Community Association submitted an application to South Bucks District Council seeking to declare the settlement of Higher Denham as a Neighbourhood Area. South Bucks District Council consulted on the application from 23rd June to 4th August 2017. Following a separate application by Denham Parish Council to declare the whole of Denham Parish (including Higher Denham) as a Neighbourhood Area the application from the Community Association was refused. 

More information is available on the Higher Denham Neighbourhood Area Application page.