Buckingham Neighbourhood Development

Buckingham Neighbourhood Plan

As a part of our partnership with the Buckingham Town Council, Buckingham Canal Society are asking our supporters, members and volunteers to look at the Buckingham Neighbourhood Development Plan (the Plan). An important part of this for the Buckingham Canal Society is the recognition by the Town Council in the Plan of the contribution the Buckingham Canal does and can make to the town. Please take time to review the document which is available to download at this link.

The ability to create the Plan is part of a new wave of planning related local government powers for localities which were brought in with the Localism Act 2011 and  subsequently The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012. Under these regulations the Plan is deemed a Neighbourhood Development Plan. This sets out the vision for the town of Buckingham until 2031. To ensure that this vision is achieved the Plan issues clear planning policies which are in general conformity with other planning policies namely the Vale of Aylesbury Plan (VAP) and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

The section of particular relevance is Community, Leisure and Health policy – CLH10 – Development of Canal Area on page 38. Here is an extract:

CLH10 – Development of Canal Area: Permission will be considered for development … only where development would be to benefit the development of the former and current Canal area as a working waterway, tourist attraction, provision of tourist accommodation or to develop the area for green space, sports provision or leisure.

8.23 Permission will be considered for development as outlined in the policy providing that it adheres to other policies within the Plan.

8.24 Permission will not be considered for any development which would be to the detriment of the existing canal or the former original route of the canal.

8.25 Any development of the canal will also include the provision of a towpath which will be large enough to accommodate pedestrians, cyclists and wheelchair users with the aim of creating a cycle / walking route alongside the canal towards Cosgrove.

If you feel able as a supporter/member/volunteer of BCS, please offer support for this policy CLH10 in the Plan as it progresses towards being adopted by the town through various stages including a referendum. 

Full details can be found on thh Town Council website by clicking here

The Plan and related documents are available  at this link. A hard copy is available at Buckingham Library (Verney Close, Buckingham MK18 1JP) and will be available Tuesday & Friday: 9.30am – 7pm, Wednesday & Thursday: 9.30am – 5.30pm and Saturday 9.30am – 5pm. Feedback and submissions should be sent to townplan@buckingham-tc.gov.uk or in writing to: Town Plan Officer, Town Council Offices, Buckingham Centre, Verney Close, Buckingham. MK18 1JP

Submissions must be received by 5pm on Monday 13th January.

There is also a survey to capture opinions for 6 areas of the draft plan. Complete the on-line survey here