Buckland Neighbourhood Plan submission consultation

Closed 13 Jan 2022

Opened 25 Nov 2021


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What is the purpose of this consultation?

Buckland Parish Council were one of the first Parish councils within Buckinghamshire to begin the process of creating a Neighbourhood Development Plan (also known as a Neighbourhood Plan). In January 2014, the former Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) approved the Neighbourhood area. The area covers the whole of Buckland Parish Council area.

The Parish Council went on to produce a Neighbourhood plan which passed examination, was supported at Referendum and Made (Adopted) by the former Aylesbury Vale District Council in March 2016. However, with the existing Neighbourhood plan being over 5 years old the parish decided it was time to refresh the Neighbourhood Plan and commenced work on a replacement plan.

Buckland Parish Council have now completed a period of local community engagement on their Plan and have submitted the final version to us. The next stage of the process is for us, as the local authority, to carry out a public consultation on the submitted Plan. This is an opportunity for local people to comment on it before it goes to independent examination.

The Buckland Plan includes policies that look to shape local development, in particular, the plan seeks to;

  • define a housing settlement boundary;
  • protect the conservation area;
  • limit development in the AONB and Green Belt;
  • preserve local distinctiveness and;
  • protect the gap between the village and Aston Clinton. 

The plan allows limited infilling but seeks to obtain a mix of housing types while supporting rural affordable housing exception schemes. It is supportive of local business and rural diversification including re-use of redundant agricultural buildings but seeks to ensure new developments are provided with sufficient off street parking.

The plan seeks to;

  • protect community facilities;
  • protect local heritage assets;
  • increase and protect biodiversity and;
  • encourage improvements to local Broadband speeds

Related documents

Please see the documents and links below for more information about the Buckland Neighbourhood Plan.

How to submit a comment

You can submit a comment on the Buckland Neighbourhood Plan in a number of different ways.

You will need to provide your name and address when responding as planning law states that we cannot accept anonymous comments.

If you would like to be notified of future progress with the Neighbourhood Plan, please indicate this in your response.

Please make sure we receive your comments before midnight on 13 January 2022. Unfortunately, we cannot consider any comments received after that deadline.

What happens next

Following consultation, we will collate the responses and submit them to an independent examiner. The examiner will consider public comments and ensure the Plan meets conditions laid out in the Localism Act and other relevant regulations.

If the Plan passes independent examination, the next stage is a local referendum to see whether the Plan has community support. If it's supported, we will adopt it as part of local planning policy to assess planning applications in the Buckland Neighbourhood Area.


We will use the information you provide here only for the purpose of this consultation. We will keep the information confidential and store it securely, in line with data protection laws and will not share or publish any personal details.  For more information about data and privacy, please see our Privacy Policy.

If you have questions, please email us on dataprotection@buckinghamshire.gov.uk or write to our Data Protection Officer at Buckinghamshire Council, The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, HP19 8FF.


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