We asked, you said, we did

Below are some of our recent activities and their outcomes.

We asked

We are replacing the former district councils self-build registers with a single register for Buckinghamshire.

The self-build and custom housebuilding register is a record of people looking to acquire land within their area, to build a home.

We asked for views on:

  • Our new approach
  • The introduction of a local connection test that will split the register into 2 parts

The consultation ran from 27 June to 8 August 2022.

You said

We received 74 responses to the consultation.

Over 80% of respondents lived in Buckinghamshire and there was overwhelming support for the introduction of a local connection test.

Just under half agreed with the local connection criteria and the length of connection required. Roughly equal amounts of respondents wanted either longer (16%) or shorter (13%) connection periods.

Of the respondents who made further comments, the main concerns / issues raised were:

  • people living close to the council boundaries will be disadvantaged as well as those who have an historic connection to the council area but have moved away for study or work
  • the criteria "About to take up employment" is not a local connection but an anticipated future local connection and therefore should not be part of the criteria
  • with ‘having immediate family’, respondents want the term 'immediate' to be made clear as to its meaning in relation to the local connection test

We did

On 15 September 2022, the Leader of Buckinghamshire Council agreed to implement a single self-build and custom housebuilding register, incorporating a local connection test and administration fees.

Following the consultation, we have:

  • retained the 2-year criteria. People who live close to the  Buckinghamshire boundary, as well as those who have historic connection to the council area, can register to be placed on part 2 of the self-build register
  • removed the words ‘about to take up employment’ and replaced them with ‘persons must be in a permanent or in a continuous temporary employment within the council area for at least 2 years’
  • clearly defined ‘immediate family member’ on our website and on the registration form, to include parents, children, siblings or spouses

For more information, please see the self-build and custom housebuilding register webpage.

We asked

Public Spaces Protection Orders are aimed at ensuring public spaces can be enjoyed free from anti-social behaviour. They provide us with legal powers to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a defined area.

We asked for views on how the PSPO was addressing anti-social behaviour in the area and whether the PSPO should be extended for a further 3 years.

The consultation ran from 27 June to 25 July 2022.

You said

We received 27 responses to the consultation.

78% agreed with extension of the PSPO. 59% thought there was a problem with anti-social behaviour in the area, 11% didn’t know.

For more information, please see the consultation findings report (PDF 0.83MB).

We did

On 5 October 2022, the Deputy Leader, on behalf of the Leader, of Buckinghamshire Council agreed to extend the Chiltern Alcohol Restrictions Public Spaces Protection Order for a further 3 years.

Representations were received requesting the inclusion of drugs paraphernalia in the order.

After research and discussion, it was felt that this would be unenforceable due to the forensic proof required and resource needed.

We asked

Public Spaces Protection Orders are aimed at ensuring public spaces can be enjoyed free from anti-social behaviour. They provide us with legal powers to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a defined area.

We asked for views on how the PSPO was addressing anti-social behaviour in the area and whether the PSPO should be extended for a further 3 years.

The consultation ran from 27 June to 25 July 2022.

You said

We received 7 responses to the consultation.

100% agreed with extension of the PSPO.

  • 14% thought there was a problem with alcohol-related anti-social behaviour in the parks listed, 71% didn’t know.
  • 14% thought there was a problem with anti-social use of mechanically propelled vehicles in the parks listed, 71% didn’t know.

For more information, please see the consultation findings report (PDF 0.83MB).

We did

On 5 October 2022, the Deputy Leader, on behalf of the Leader, of Buckinghamshire Council agreed to extend the Aylesbury Vale Parks and Open Spaces Public Spaces Protection Order for a further 3 years.

We asked

All Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWB) have a responsibility to publish a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA).

The purpose of the PNA is to:

  • Support local commissioners in decisions about services delivered by community pharmacies
  • Support NHS England in their decision-making process. This is related to applications for new pharmacies or changes at existing pharmacies

We consulted on the draft PNA for Buckinghamshire from 23 May to 24 July 2022.

You said

We received 36 responses to the consultation, 29 via the consultation survey.

29 responses were from members of the public, the other responses were from:

  • Jardines Pharmacy
  • Pharmacyspace
  • Boots UK Limited
  • Berryfields Parish Council
  • NHS England
  • Healthwatch Buckinghamshire
  • Swan Practice, Buckingham

A number of survey respondents to did not agree with the findings:

  • 14% felt that the PNA reflected the current provision of pharmacy services within their area and agreed with the conclusions
  • 79% felt there were gaps in service provision where the PNA did not find any

We received 17 comments about the Berryfields Estate development.

For more information about the consultation responses, please see ‘Appendix D - Consultation report’ Buckinghamshire Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2022 to 2025 (PDF 5.30MB).

We did

On 22 September 2022, the Health and Wellbeing Board reviewed the draft PNA and consultation responses.

The Buckinghamshire Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2022 to 2025 (PDF 5.3MB) was adopted to cover 1 October 2022 to 30 September 2025.

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment steering group response to the consultation:

The steering group appreciates the time and consideration that members of the public and stakeholders have taken to respond. The group acknowledges the enthusiasm for a pharmacy within the Berryfields Estate.

The PNA is carried out using a fair and systematic process set out by the Department of Health and Social Care. It is also reviewed by the HWB every three years or if there are changes in local pharmacy provision, or local need.

The steering group reviewed the provision of pharmacy services for the Berryfields Estate development. They considered the current population, projected population increases, accessibility, deprivation and population make-up.

The PNA considers that there are no gaps in the current and future provision of essential services to 30 September 2025.

The HWB will review the conclusions periodically in response to any unforeseen changes in pharmacy provision up to 2025. It also recommends a review of its findings considering the progression of the Berryfields Estate development in the next PNA.

For more information about the steering group's response, please see ‘Appendix D - Consultation report’ Buckinghamshire Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2022 to 2025 (PDF 5.30MB).

We asked

We have a legal duty to prepare and publish an Accessibility Strategy.

This outlines our responsibilities, as the local authority, as well as those of maintained schools, to ensure that all students can access the education and opportunities that best suit their needs.

We launched a consultation with our key partners to shape the final version of the strategy. This was aimed at:

  • Maintained Schools in Buckinghamshire. These include mainstream schools, Pupil Referral Units (PRUs), Additionally Resourced Provision (ARPs) and Special schools
  • Other educational providers such as independent schools and further education providers
  • Parent / carer representative groups (e.g., FACT Bucks, SENDIAS)
  • Early years providers

The consultation ran from 8 June 2022 to 18 July 2022.

You said

We received 8 responses to the consultation:

  • 63% (5 in total) were from an educational professional in Buckinghamshire e.g. headteacher / school business manager / SENCo
  • 37% of responses (3 in total) were from parents / carers of children / young people currently in education in Buckinghamshire
  • 1 respondent said that they were both an educational professional and a parent / carer of a child / young person currently in education in Buckinghamshire

75% of respondents agreed that the strategy was easy to understand. One respondent said that the language used in the strategy could be made more reader friendly.

We did

We used the consultation feedback to update the final strategy:

  • Language in the strategy was reviewed and wording adapted, where possible
  • Comments about school responsibilities were shared with maintained schools - for guidance on training and updating skills for all school staff
  • Comments about Buckinghamshire Council responsibilities were shared with the Integrated SEND service for review

On 17 November 2022, the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, on behalf of the Leader of Buckinghamshire Council, approved the Accessibility Strategy 2022 to 2025. The strategy was then published on our website.

We asked

We asked for views on the draft development brief for Land off Amersham Road in Hazlemere.

The consultation ran from 6 June to 18 July 2022.

You said

We received over 100 responses to the consultation.

Responses via the consultation webpage were very supportive of the development brief objectives, notably objective 2 creating a comprehensive development.

The main themes from respondents are outlined below:

  • The boundaries from residential properties on Inkerman drive are shown as being part of the site allocation
  • The wording “services easement” is unclear
  • The “existing garden depth from rear boundary” is unclear
  • There was a need to clarify a number of terms in the maps and keys
  • The site boundary does not match the Wycombe District Local Plan site allocation
  • The access onto Wycombe Road should be removed from the site boundary
  • Figure 10 only shows one of the two potential access points

For more information about the consultation responses, please see the:

We did

Following the consultation, we have considered the consultation responses and reviewed the contents of the brief before publishing the final version (PDF 9.01MB).

Your feedback helped shape the development brief. The changes made to the development brief in response to the consultation are:

  1. In relation to the properties on Inkerman Drive, we confirm that they are not part (and never were) of the proposed development area. We have therefore corrected this perception in the brief, by shading the gardens in on the figures and annotating this to be land excluded from the development
  2. The wording on Figure 4 key was changed to say from “Services easement” to “Overhead powerline and easement”
  3. The wording on Figure 5 key was changed to say “existing rear garden depth (metres)” instead of “existing rear garden depth from boundary”
  4. The terms “development back” were changed to “back of development” on Figure 9
  5. The “Overhead powerline and easement” constraint was added to Figure 8 Constraints and opportunities, and corresponding key
  6. Figure 10 has been corrected to show the two potential access points.
  7. The site allocation boundary is now consistent with the site allocation in the Local Plan. The inset at Figure 10 illustrates that the Wycombe Road access is in Inland Homes control
  8. The site area has been changed to “approximately 13ha” to simplify the description in section 1.1

We asked

Public Spaces Protection Orders are aimed at ensuring public spaces can be enjoyed free from anti-social behaviour. They provide us with legal powers to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a defined area.

We asked for views on how the PSPO was addressing anti-social behaviour in the area and whether the PSPO should be extended for a further 3 years.

The consultation ran from 13 June to 11 July 2022.

You said

We received 22 responses to the consultation.

95% agreed with extension of the PSPO. 91% thought there was a problem with anti-social behaviour in the area.

For more information, please see the consultation findings report (PDF 0.83MB).

We did

On 5 October 2022, the Deputy Leader, on behalf of the Leader, of Buckinghamshire Council agreed to extend the Aylesbury Town Centre Public Spaces Protection Order for a further 3 years.

A considerable number of respondents felt that anti-social behaviour had not reduced because of the existing PSPO.

This has prompted an action day of enforcement by Buckinghamshire Council’s ASB Team, jointly with Thames Valley Police. The extension of the PSPO will support a further programme of such operations.

We asked

Public Spaces Protection Orders are aimed at ensuring public spaces can be enjoyed free from anti-social behaviour. They provide us with legal powers to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a defined area.

We asked for views on how the PSPO was addressing anti-social behaviour in the area and whether the PSPO should be extended for a further 3 years.

The consultation ran from 13 June to 11 July 2022.

You said

We received 15 responses to the consultation.

87% agreed with extension of the PSPO. 60% thought there was a problem with anti-social behaviour in the area.

For more information, please see the consultation findings report (PDF 0.83MB).

We did

On 5 October 2022, the Deputy Leader, on behalf of the Leader, of Buckinghamshire Council agreed to extend the Winslow and Steeple Claydon Public Spaces Protection Order for a further 3 years.

We asked

Public Spaces Protection Orders are aimed at ensuring public spaces can be enjoyed free from anti-social behaviour. They provide us with legal powers to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a defined area.

We asked for views on how the PSPO was addressing anti-social behaviour in the area and whether the PSPO should be extended for a further 3 years.

The consultation ran from 13 June to 11 July 2022.

You said

We received 36 responses to the consultation.

67% agreed with extension of the PSPO. 36% thought there was a problem with anti-social behaviour in the area, 11% didn’t know.

For more information, please see the consultation findings report (PDF 0.83MB).

We did

On 5 October 2022, the Deputy Leader, on behalf of the Leader, of Buckinghamshire Council agreed to extend the Buckingham Town Centre Public Spaces Protection Order for a further 3 years.

We asked

Public Spaces Protection Orders are aimed at ensuring public spaces can be enjoyed free from anti-social behaviour. They provide us with legal powers to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a defined area.

We asked for views on how the PSPO was addressing anti-social behaviour in the area and whether the PSPO should be extended for a further 3 years.

The consultation ran from 13 June to 11 July 2022.

You said

We received 18 responses to the consultation.

89% agreed with extension of the PSPO. 94% thought there was a problem with anti-social behaviour in the area.

14 responses were received from 14 residents including those whose gardens back onto the footpath. All fully supported the PSPO being extending and the footpath remaining closed off.

Many stated that their quality of life had improved significantly since the footpath had been closed, and the incidents of antisocial behaviour had decreased substantially.

For more information, please see the consultation findings report (PDF 0.83MB).

We did

On 5 October 2022, the Deputy Leader, on behalf of the Leader, of Buckinghamshire Council agreed to extend the West End Road, High Wycombe Public Spaces Protection Order for a further 3 years.

We asked

We asked about the experience of the Health Visiting, School Nursing, and the Family Nurse Partnership services in Buckinghamshire.

This was to help with the recommissioning of the Healthy Child Programme for 0 to 19 year olds.

We asked for views from 25 April to 19 May 2022

You said

We received 64 responses to the survey:

  • 4 from those aged 16 to 19
  • 58 from those aged 20 or over

64% of respondents had used the Healthy Child Programme in the last 2 years. 36% had not but had used the service previously.

Health Visiting

39% of respondents had used the health visiting service, of these:

  • 68% used the service for growth and development checks for their child
  • 40% for antenatal care
  • 28% for support with feeding
  • 28% for support with maternal mental health
  • 60% said that they did not need to wait for an appointment
  • 70% of respondents said that their child’s needs had been completely met

School Nursing

16% of respondents had used the school nursing service, of these:

  • The most common reasons for using the service were for height and weight checks (50%) and support with toileting (40%)
  • 40% were always or often able to access the service
  • 10% described their experience as excellent, 10% as good and 50% as fair
  • 40% described their experience of talking to staff as excellent
  • 10% were satisfied with the service, 20% as very satisfied, 40% as moderately satisfied and 10% dissatisfied.
  • 44% said that their child’s needs had been completely met and 33% said partially met

Family Nurse Partnership

9% of respondents had used the Family Nurse Partnership service. All of which said that they:

  • were always able to communicate with the service
  • could always get to the service when they needed an appointment
  • never experienced delays in waiting times

We did

We used the responses in the health needs assessment for the service.

Feedback from families / carers on their experience will help to shape the future of the service and the needs of the community.

It also helped to understand how children and young people’s needs can be better met by the service.

A summary of the outcomes will be included in the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) Chapter on Child Health.

We asked

We asked for views, comments and ideas on a development proposal for the Former Sports and Social Club land in Stoke Mandeville.

The proposed outline planning application set out how the site could accommodate:

  • Up to approximately 100 new homes, with 30% affordable housing
  • Substantial green open space
  • A new link road between Booker Park School and Lower Road
  • New sports facility
  • Associated landscaping and parking

We consulted on the proposal from 4 April to 9 May 2022.

You said

We received 373 responses to the consultation:

  • 340 from the online consultation survey
  • 25 from email / phone
  • 8 printed consultation surveys completed at drop-in events and posted

Summary of key themes from consultation responses:

  • Loss of green open space. Raised by 178 (48%) respondents
  • Objection to building houses on the site / in the area. Raised by 169 (45%) respondents
  • Lack of infrastructure e.g. roads, schools, GP’s. Raised by 165 (44%) respondents
  • Traffic concerns. Raised by 119 (32%) respondents
  • Loss of sports facility. Raised by 97 (26%) respondents
  • Loss of community facility. Raised by 89 (24%) respondents
  • Re-build the Sports and Social Club. Raised by 46 (12%) respondents
  • Disruption / loss of wildlife. Raised by 30 (8%) respondents

For more information about the consultation responses, please see the Consultation Summary document (PDF 0.56MB).

We did

At its meeting on 7 June 2022, Buckinghamshire Council agreed approval to submit an outline planning application for the proposed residential development.

This decision was called in by councillors. Call in is a procedure whereby councillors may question decisions taken by the Cabinet in exceptional circumstances.

The call in and pre-planning consultation document were considered by the Growth, Infrastructure and Housing Select Committee at its meeting on 5 July 2022.

The Select Committee referred the decision back to Cabinet for further consideration of the pre-planning consultation document before any decision was taken.

Cabinet further considered the pre-planning consultation at its meeting on 12 July 2022. Cabinet recognised the strength of local public opinion opposed to the scheme.

Buckinghamshire Council decided that the benefits of providing affordable and keyworker housing above statutory requirements, and homes for clients of adults and children’s services, must take priority.

As the site is on council owned land, there is a rare opportunity to provide these much needed services. Providing affordable and keyworker housing over and above statutory requirements cannot be imposed on privately owned developments.

Cabinet resolved to submit an outline planning application consisting of:

  • Up to approximately 100 residential units, including at least 30% affordable Housing, in excess of the statutory requirement
  • A new road link between Booker Park School and Lower Road
  • Improve the existing access road to Lower Road 
  • The provision of a sports and leisure area for community and school use

An outline planning application is due to be submitted in Summer / Autumn 2022.

We asked

The Department of Transport invited local authorities to apply to enforce moving traffic offences. This would help:

  • improve road safety
  • reduce congestion
  • promote active traffic and clean air policies

We consulted on whether we should take on the enforcement powers. We also asked for views on the proposed locations for enforcement. The consultation ran from 21 February to 4 April 2022.

You said

We received 477 responses to the consultation.

63% of respondents supported moving traffic enforcement in Buckinghamshire.

The top five reasons for support were:

  • Allows the police to focus on more serious crime
  • Improves road safety
  • Better flow of traffic
  • Greater enforcement deters abuse
  • Too many inconsiderate drivers 

A large number of respondents also supported the initial locations for enforcement.

For more information about the consultation responses, please see the Consultation Overview (PDF 0.51MB).

We did

At its meeting on 10 May 2022, Buckinghamshire Council approved that an application be submitted to the Department for Transport to enforce moving traffic offences.

The consultation provided the opportunity to flag up any key concerns:

  • six sites have been flagged for review
  • other locations have been highlighted as problem areas (either on the grounds of safety, congestion or obstruction). These are being monitored for future consideration

The application to the Department for Transport was successful. We have been granted enforcement powers and implementation will start at the end of 2022.

All new locations will be agreed in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Transport before commencing a minimum six week public consultation.

We asked

We want residents to feel safe and confident when out and about. Whether they are alone, with family or friends or part of a community or sports group.

We are working with a variety of partners to improve the safety of our green spaces and increase the confidence of park users.

We asked about:

  • Why people used their local park
  • How safe people feel when they are out and about using our green spaces
  • Ideas to make green spaces more inviting and safer

We asked for views from 18 February to 3 April 2022.

You said

We received 100 responses to the survey. The main themes from responses are outlined below.

Most common reasons for using the local park:

  • Recreational walking
  • Family time
  • Travelling through to another destination
  • Dog walking 
  • Sports and games

Reasons for feeling unsafe in the park:

  • Uneven / poorly maintained paths
  • Poor lighting (at night)
  • People drinking / taking drugs
  • Accessing the park (local roads busy / paths uneven or narrow)
  • Youths milling around / on kids play equipment

What would make green spaces feel safer?

  • Increased lighting 
  • Increased police patrols / park wardens and community officers / CCTV
  • Diversionary activities for young people
  • Engagement with community groups
  • Better maintenance of paths, equipment, vegetation
  • Keep clean, better bin management 
  • Improve facilities (café, toilets)
  • Manage the speed of cars around parks and cars loitering around parks
  • Introduce cycle paths between parks

We did

Your feedback has helped shape our multi agency actions to create a safer environment where everyone can enjoy our open green spaces.

Our ongoing actions to improve parks safety include:

  • Youth engagement in their communities
  • Working with Public Health and the Parks team on initiatives to increase usage of the parks
  • Introduction of Heart of Bucks funding for projects to reduce crime / disorder and protect vulnerable people
  • Updated Public Space Protection Order signage
  • Increased patrols by our Street Wardens and Thames Valley Police
  • Personal safety advice given to local youth groups
  • Signposting to local self-defence classes
  • Development of boxing classes
  • Further amnesty bin installation
  • CCTV review 2022 pending
  • Encouraging reporting to Thames Valley Police and the use of the Street Safe tool
  • Vegetation clearance
  • Installation of play and gym equipment

These actions also align with the priorities of the Safer Buckinghamshire Partnership.  

To keep up to date with what we are doing to make green spaces safer, follow us on social media:

You can also find out more about how the parks team are looking after parks and open spaces.

We asked

We asked for your views and experiences about the pharmacy services in your area – to help us draft a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) for Buckinghamshire.

We asked for views about your pharmacy from 3 February to 21 March 2022.

You said

We received 205 responses to the survey.

Overall, residents were satisfied with the services their pharmacy provided.

The majority of respondents used their pharmacy a few times a month to at least once a month – generally for themselves, or partner / spouse, or children. This was during working hours between 9am to 12pm, and 2pm to 5pm on either weekday or weekend.

Reasons for chosen pharmacy were mainly down to overall satisfaction with the service, and as prescriptions from GP were sent to their chosen pharmacy.

For most respondents, travel time to a pharmacy was within a 5 to 20 minute walk or drive. For a small number of respondents, travel time was within a 20 to 60 minute walk or drive.

For more information about the responses to the survey, please see the draft Buckinghamshire Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment, Chapter 6.

We did

We used the survey responses to develop the draft Buckinghamshire Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) 2022 to 2025 – which we consulted on from 23 May to 24 July 2022.

We asked

The Homelessness Act 2002 requires the Council to publish a Homelessness Strategy document every five years.

The overarching purpose of this document is to set down our strategy for preventing homelessness wherever possible and for securing that sufficient accommodation and support is available for people who are (or may become) homeless.

We consulted on the draft Buckinghamshire Council Homelessness Strategy from 21 February to 21 March 2022.

You said

We received 28 responses to the consultation.

Responses showed a very high and consistent level of support for the draft strategy and the priorities within it.

  • Priority one: To provide advice, information and support on housing and related issues to enable those at risk of becoming homeless to take steps to remain in their accommodation where feasible and appropriate, or to undertake a planned move if required.
    • 85.71% of respondents strongly agreed with this priority,
    • 10.71% agreed with this priority
  • Priority two: To identify those at risk of becoming homeless at the earliest possible stage, and to intervene proactively to prevent them becoming homeless.
    • 85.71% of respondents strongly agreed with this priority,
    • 14.29% agreed with this priority
  • Priority three: Where a household does become homeless, to support them to find appropriate alternative accommodation as quickly as possible.
    • 89.29% of respondents strongly agreed with this priority,
    • 10.71% agreed with this priority.
  • Priority four: To prevent anyone having to sleep rough.
    • 85.71% of respondents strongly agreed with this priority,
    • 3.57% agreed with this priority
  • Priority five: To maximise the supply of affordable rented accommodation.
    • 75% of respondents strongly agreed with this priority,
    • 17.86% agreed with this priority

We did

At its meeting on 27 April 2022, Buckinghamshire Council adopted the  Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2022 - 2025 (PDF 0.27MB).

Following the consultation, we reviewed the draft strategy document and made a small number of amendments and additions:

  • areas have been expanded to provide clarification in response to feedback
  • additional actions have been included in the Action Plan to provide more details and reflect comments made during the consultation

Buckinghamshire Council and its partners will be able to continue to influence and adapt the overall Strategy.

We will review the high-level priorities and action plan in the Homelessness Strategy on an annual basis in regular consultation with key stakeholders and partner agencies.

We asked

The Emerald Way route forms part of the wider ‘Buckinghamshire Greenway’ walking and cycling route from Brackley to the Colne Valley.

This improvement project aims to increase walking and cycling between Waddesdon and Aylesbury contributing towards improved public health, reductions in traffic congestion, and providing air quality benefits associated with modal shift towards active travel.

We consulted on the project proposals from 16 February to 9 March 2022. 

You said

We received 17 responses to the consultation.

  • 76.47% of respondents supported or strongly supported the Emerald Way Improvements scheme proposals
  • 5.88% neither supported nor opposed the proposals
  • 17.64% opposed or strongly opposed the proposals

The responses to the consultation are available in Emerald Way Appendix C: Consultation report (PDF 0.12MB).

We did

Following the Leader decision of 27 April 2022, the project team is now working closely with Transport for Buckinghamshire to complete the scheme design and commence works in May 2022.

The current programme is to deliver the scheme in three stages:

  • Phase 1: enabling works were completed in March 2022
  • Phase 2: complete improvements including shared cycleways signing and lining by 31 May 2022
  • Phase 3: New cycle and pedestrian crossings – completion by 31 March 2023

The project team has responded to questions and comments received during the consultation, please see Appendix D: Consultation response document (PDF 0.38MB).

To tie in with and commemorate the upcoming Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the cycleway will be rebranded the Platinum Way. Accordingly, the project name has been changed to Platinum Way improvements.

To keep up to date on the progress of the project, please visit the Platinum Way improvements project website.

We asked

We asked, you said, we did update originally published on 4 August 2022. Updated on 27 January 2023 with new link for more information about the survey responses.

As part of the discovery and exploration phase for the new Local Plan for Buckinghamshire, we asked for views on:

  • what is important to residents and workers in Buckinghamshire
  • what problems and issues they currently face
  • what future needs they have

The Local Plan for Buckinghamshire will set out where new development will be located and what we will need to protect.

We asked for views from 29 November 2021 to 11 February 2022.

You said

We received 3,439 responses to the survey:

  • 3,407 from the online survey
  • 32 from letters and emails

For the following questions, respondents were given options and asked to select their top three, in order of preference. The three most frequent options are outlined below:

What do you value the most in your area?

  • Countryside / wildlife (67% of respondents included this in their top three)
  • Good local facilities (48%)
  • Quality of life (40%)

What is the best location for new homes?

  • Brownfield (86%)
  • Within existing towns (64%)
  • Close to a main town (51%)

What are your views on supporting the local economy?

  • Accessible employment sites (89%)
  • Protecting existing employment sites (83%)
  • Land / sites for new infrastructure (41%)

What do you think should be the priorities in relation to mitigating climate change?

  • Energy efficiency measures in new buildings (52%)
  • More green spaces and tree planting (49%)
  • Protecting from flood risk (46%)

What sort of new infrastructure we will need to plan for?

  • Healthcare facilities (73%)
  • Schools - primary and secondary (42%)
  • Cycle lanes (33%)

What improvement to the natural environment would you like to see in your area?

Respondents could select as many options as they liked, the top three were:

  • Tree planting (75% of respondents selected this option)
  • Linking pathways and natural environments (63%)
  • More green space (59%)

What priorities should Buckinghamshire Council be focused on?

We asked respondents what they felt the council’s top three priorities should be across all issues covered in this Local Plan survey.

The top themes for priorities were:

  • Environmental policies and practice / climate change (840 respondents suggestions mentioned this theme)
  • Protect the greenbelt / AONB /countryside (781)
  • Sustainable travel - public transport, cycling and walking (765)
  • Transport infrastructure and road improvement (643)
  • Green space / natural environment (616)
  • Brownfield site development (543)
  • Infrastructure and services for new development (488)
  • Affordable and key worker housing (453)
  • Sustainable, environmentally friendly housing and development (383)
  • Health and social care (316)
  • Protect the environment (235)
  • improve existing infrastructure and services (212)

For more information about the survey responses, please see the The Local Plan for Buckinghamshire website.

We did

We will use the results from the survey to help inform the vision and objectives for the Local Plan for Buckinghamshire, which in turn will help shape the Local Plan policies. 

The preparation of the Local Plan is currently focusing on evidence collection to understand the current needs for Buckinghamshire. 

This includes housing and employment provision, infrastructure and environmental enhancement opportunities.

Keep up to date

For news and updates about work on the Local Plan, please visit the Local Plan for Buckinghamshire webpage.

If you want to keep in touch with Planning Policy, including the Local Plan for Buckinghamshire, please register on our online consultation database.

We asked

Since the launch of Buckinghamshire Council in April 2020, the Council has produced three editions of the ‘Your Buckinghamshire’ magazine. These were published in October 2020, March 2021 and November 2021.

We undertook a survey between 17 December 2021 and 16 January 2022 to understand whether residents enjoy the magazine, find it useful and informative, and how often they would like to receive it.

You said

We received 168 responses to the survey. The vast majority of those who responded either lived or worked in Buckinghamshire, and the age of respondents was evenly spread from 16 to 80 years of age.

The key findings are summarised below:

  • 73% had heard of the magazine.
  • 57% had read at least one edition of the magazine.
  • Most popular current topics covered in the magazine are (in order of popularity): recycling & waste, local news and community events, community safety, library news, planning updates, and transport news.
  • A majority found the magazine to be either ‘quite informative’ or ‘very informative’.
  • A majority said they would like to see the magazine published four times a year. The second most popular response was that they did not want to receive the magazine at all.
  • Asked how they currently receive news and updates from Buckinghamshire Council, the top three responses were (in order of popularity): Our website, our social media channels, and our e-newsletters.
  • Asked how they would like to receive news and updates from Buckinghamshire Council, of 13 options the top four responses were (in order of priority): Our website, our social media channels, our e-newsletters, our Your Buckinghamshire magazine.

We did

Alongside the survey, we undertook a benchmarking exercise to understand whether other Local Authorities produce a printed magazine and, if so, how often they are produced. We also reviewed resource and cost implications, as well as our duty to ensure we communicate information about Council services to all residents, some of whom may not have access to the internet.

Taking into consideration all of the findings, we will produce another two magazines (Summer 2022 and Christmas 2022) before reviewing our approach again.

We asked

We consulted on our proposal to modernise the way we provide specialist teaching across Buckinghamshire. The proposal was designed to ensure we apply the skills and knowledge of our specialist teachers in the most effective way. 

The ‘Specialist Teaching Consultation 2021’ ran from 8 November 2021 to 9 January 2022.

You said

All the responses have now been collated and are captured in the consultation outcome report (PDF, 0.32MB)

  • 125 people responded to the consultation
  • 72% agreed that there was a need to change the approach to specialist teaching
  • 44% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with the proposals, while 40% disagreed or strongly disagreed

We did

Given the mixed response to the proposal itself, a decision has been taken to delay any changes until September 2023. This delay will enable us to further consider the proposal in the light of the feedback received. 

During this time, we will carry out some additional activities, alongside key stakeholders, to further review and refine the proposal. This will ensure we can be confident that any changes meet the needs of children and families.  

The new approach will be communicated to families and schools / settings once this work is completed and decisions have been taken. It is anticipated this will be in the Autumn 2022.