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Neighbourhood plan for Daws Hill takes a step forward

| September 24, 2019

Residents in the Daws Hill area of High Wycombe are one step nearer to having their own neighbourhood plan.

A neighbourhood plan is a locally agreed framework which is used to help determine planning decisions in a specified area, they were brought in as part of the Localism Act in 2011.

Plans are created using a defined process which enables local people to put together a plan to establish guidelines which are used to help future planning decisions in their area.

Residents of Daws Hill submitted their detailed neighbourhood plan which, following review by an independent examiner, has now been published. The examiner’s report is supported by Wycombe District Council.

A local referendum will now be held to ask residents if they support the neighbourhood plan. A majority ‘yes’ vote at the referendum will result in the plan being ‘made’ (adopted) as a part of the development plan and used to help shape all future planning decisions in the designated Daws Hill area. The referendum date will be confirmed by Wycombe District Council shortly.

Cabinet Member for Planning and Sustainability at Wycombe District Council, Cllr David Johncock, said: ‘This is the latest in a series of neighbourhood plans which we have supported and actively encouraged.

This is the true spirit of giving local people a real stake and a real voice in helping to shape the place where they live.

It’s an important process which builds a strong two way understanding between local communities and their local planning authorities.

Neighbourhood plans have already been completed by the parish councils in Bledlow-cum-Saunderton and Longwick-cum-Ilmer. Great & Little Kimble-cum-Marsh and Wooburn and Bourne End parish councils are currently preparing neighbourhood plans for their local areas.

Anyone wishing to view copies of the examiner’s report, the decision statement issued by Wycombe District Council or a version of the draft Daws Hill Neighbourhood Plan showing the examiner’s modifications can do so at the Daws Hill Neighbourhood Plan page on the Wycombe District Council website. Hard copies may also be viewed in the Wycombe District Council offices in Queen Victoria Road, High Wycombe and in the High Wycombe Library in the Eden Shopping Centre.

*Source of article : Press release from Wycombe District Council.

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