Buckingham Town Plan referendum date set for 17 September 2015


Buckingham Canal Society (BCS) are pleased to hear that the Buckingham Neighborhood Plan has passed the penultimate hurdle and the date for the referendum has been announced as the 17th September. This was the approval by AVDC for the plan to go to referendum following the planning inspectors report.

This process was initiated by some of the town Councillors a few years ago, and has involved many individuals and stakeholders, including BCS, participating in various workshops, information days, policy reviews, market stall events etc together with the town council Councillors and officers who have worked hard to gtt the plan to where it is now.

The important part of the plan for the canal is recognised in the plan in section 8.18 under policy CHL6 and states:

CLH6 – Development of Canal Area Development will be supported at site B [adjacent to the recently restored canal section] where it would be beneficial to the enhancement and the historic significance of the former and current canal arm as either a working waterway; as a tourist attraction; of the provision of tourist accommodation; to develop the area for green space, sports provision or leisure, or a combination of any of the above. Development will be supported where there is 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.

8.18 This is to aid the Buckingham Canal Society in redeveloping the Buckingham Arm of the Grand Union Canal. The aim is to re-open the canal as a working water way with links through to Cosgrove.


BCS trustees hope the town will support the plan in high numbers as has happened in other towns and villages that have undertaken this process such as Winslow and Haddenham.


Further official details are on the district council website at http://www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/planning-policy/neighbourhood-planning/buckingham-neighbourhood-development-plan/