Burnham Beeches Special Area of Conservation - Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) consultation

Closed 3 Sep 2020

Opened 29 Jul 2020

Results updated 14 Jul 2023

We received a total of 385 comments from 253 individuals and organisations during this consultation. We reviewed all comments and carefully considered them as part of our decision-making process.


Many individuals and organisations supported the SPD, including:

  • City of London Corporation
  • Chilterns Conservation Board
  • Chiltern Society
  • Woodlands Trust
  • Gerrards Cross Town Council


Many of the objections appear to have come from a letter that The Beaconsfield Society issued. Unfortunately, the letter was not based on current published evidence and we made every effort to draw this to their attention.

Changes to the draft SPD

Following the consultation, some minor modifications were made to the draft SPD document. Modifications included further clarity on the zones in relation to Slough Borough Council and removal of references to the Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan.


The Council adopted the Burnham Beeches Special Area of Conservation Strategic Access Management and Monitoring Strategy SPD on 26 November 2020.


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Burnham Beeches Special Area of Conservation is a nature reserve and ancient woodland in the south of the county. The council looks at different ways to help preserve and protect this significant and historic site.

One measure we are proposing is through a Draft Supplementary Planning Document that will guide housing development around the site. The guidance would apply to a 5.6 kilometre area stretching out from the site boundary.

This document sets out our plans to protect the ancient trees from the impacts of increased recreational activity, which new housing may create. We are now seeking your views on the draft document we’ve prepared.

During the consultation period you can view the Draft Supplementary Planning Document and submit your comments online by clicking the link below.

A copy of the document will also be available to view at Burnham Community Library, Windsor Lane, Burnham, SL1 7HR during opening hours.

If you would prefer to submit your comments by email, please send them to us at planning.policy.csb@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

If you have any questions about this consultation, please contact us on that email address or phone us on 01494 732175. Please note that you may not receive an immediate response, but we will get back to you.

What happens next

We will take account of all comments received and suggest any modifications to the plan. We will agree these with the Government’s conservation bodies (Natural England, the Environment Agency and Historic England).

We will make recommendations to the Leader of the Council, who is Portfolio Holder for Planning and Enforcement, to adopt these changes.

The final, approved Supplementary Planning Document will be published as an adopted document.


  • Beeches


  • Environment
  • Planning