Quainton Neighbourhood Plan submission consultation

Closed 28 Feb 2022

Opened 17 Jan 2022


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What is the purpose of this consultation?

Quainton Parish Council were one of the earliest parish councils within Buckinghamshire to begin the process of creating a Neighbourhood Development Plan (also known as a Neighbourhood Plan).

In September 2012, the former Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) approved the Neighbourhood area. The area covers the whole of Quainton Parish Council area.

The Parish Council then commenced work on a Neighbourhood plan. Their plan was submitted for examination and the plan was allowed to proceed to a referendum where it was supported. As a result, the plan was Made (Adopted) by the former Aylesbury Vale District Council in October 2016.

However, with the existing Neighbourhood plan being over 5 years old and the significant changes being brought to the village by new housing development, the parish decided it was necessary to refresh the Neighbourhood Plan and commenced work on a modification to the existing plan.

Quainton Parish Council have now completed their local community engagement on the proposed modifications to 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 modifications to the Plan.

This is an opportunity for local people to comment on it before it goes to independent examination.

The Quainton Neighbourhood Plan modifications include:

  • An amendment to the Settlement Boundary to include land allocated or planned for development, and new commitments which have planning consent.
  • An alteration to the Settlement Boundary to further safeguard a heritage asset: The Quainton Windmill.
  • A replacement of most of the other Neighbourhood plan policies with updated wording so they may continue to be in general conformity with the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP).
  • The inclusion of a Policies Map to provide a visual representation of the key Modified Plan policies.

Related documents

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

How to submit a comment

You can submit a comment on the 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 28 February 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.

The examiner will decide if the modifications are so significant that they would change the nature of the plan as existing and so need to be agreed via a referendum. Or, if the changes wouldn’t alter the nature of the plan and so it can be made (adopted) without the need for a referendum.

  1. If the Plan passes independent examination and no referendum is required, Buckinghamshire Council will adopt it as part of local planning policy to assess planning applications in the Neighbourhood Area. 
  2. If it is decided the Plan needs to go to a referendum, the council will organise one. If the Plan gets 50% or more ‘Yes’ votes in the referendum, Buckinghamshire Council will make the Plan and adopt it as part of local planning policy to assess planning applications in the 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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