Information about planning in the local area


Community governance review of the unparished area of High Wycombe

We have been commissioned by Wycombe District Council to review the way in which High Wycombe is represented and locally governed. The area that we’re reviewing, which is shown in the map attached HERE, includes the district wards of:

Abbey; Booker and Cressex; Bowerdean; Disraeli; Micklefield; Oakridge and Castlefield; Ryemead; Sands; Terriers and Amersham Hill; and Totteridge.

As you may know, High Wycombe is not currently represented by either town or parish councils. It is the only area in Buckinghamshire that does not have either a town or parish council. Instead, the wards are represented by a committee of Wycombe District Council – High Wycombe Town Committee. Wycombe District Council, along with Buckinghamshire County Council, will be abolished at the end of March 2020 to make way for the new Buckinghamshire Council.
The review has been triggered because the council received four petitions which met certain statutory criteria from residents of the wards of Sands, Micklefield, Totteridge and the wider unparished area of High Wycombe (all of the ten wards above), calling for the creation of new parish and town council(s). The way that we have to conduct the review – known as a community governance review – is set out in the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007.
We are currently considering a range of information in order to draw up a proposal about local representation and governance in the areas mentioned above. There are in essence two key criteria which the act requires us to consider as follows:
The principal council must have regard to the need to secure that community governance within the area under review
(a) reflects the identities and interests of the community in that area, and
(b) is effective and convenient.

At this stage of the review we are gathering information to enable us to draw up some proposals for consultation. In particular we are interested to ensure that we have all relevant information relating to the delivery of service in the area to ensure that our proposals meet the second of the two criteria. This is not a consultation and the aim at this stage is just to gather relevant information.
Once we have drawn up proposals they will be subject to a ten-week public consultation starting in July. At that stage anyone can put forward views about our proposals. As stakeholders, you will be given the opportunity to make representations about the proposal as part of that consultation. The proposal will then be reviewed in light of the consultation responses and updated, before a recommendation is presented to the Shadow Executive of the Shadow Buckinghamshire Council for a final decision in November.
If you feel that you have any information which is relevant to the criteria which we should consider before drawing up proposals, we would be grateful to receive it by 6pm on Friday 21 June to the email and please do not hesitate to ring me with any queries on 07792561103

Yours faithfully

David Ashlee
Lead Consultant


Local Area Plan

Please click below to see updates on the local area plan and the link below for any comments ASAP.

Wycombe District Council is holding a consultation on behalf of the Planning Inspector on the Proposed Main Modifications to the Wycombe District Local Plan (submission version) from Wednesday 13 February until Wednesday 27 March 2019, 11.59 p.m.

This announcement was received on the 12th February!!

Update on the Local Area Plan 13th Feb 2019

Comments online click here please


Consultation on the Proposed Main Modifications to the Wycombe District Local Plan

What are we consulting on?
Wycombe District Council is holding a consultation on behalf of the Planning Inspector on the Proposed Main Modifications to the Wycombe District Local Plan (submission version):

From Wednesday 13 February until Wednesday 27 March 2019, 11.59 p.m.

Consultation page:

I am writing to you because you are either a Duty to Cooperate Body, a Specific Consultee or General Consultee, or you are on our Planning Consultation database, having responded to previous consultation stages.

The Council submitted the Wycombe District Local Plan for examination in public in March 2018. The independent Local Plan Inspector held hearings over the summer of 2018.

The Inspector has identified various changes that she considers may need to be made to the Plan (known as “Proposed Main Modifications”) in order to make the Wycombe District Local Plan a “sound” plan. We invite your comments, also known as representations, on these Proposed Main Modifications. We will send these representations to the Inspector for consideration in the preparation of her final report on the examination of the Plan.

The Proposed Main Modifications document is accompanied by:
• a revised Sustainability Appraisal
• a revised Habitats Regulations Assessment
• a Sustainability Appraisal of the Proposed Main Modifications
• a Habitats Regulations Assessment of the Proposed Main Modifications

How to comment
You may submit your comments in the following ways:
• By completing our online response form online at
• By downloading a Word response form on our website at the same web address. Please email completed forms to . You can also write an email to the same address.
• By post, either as a letter or by obtaining a hardcopy response form from our offices or one of the libraries around the district. Please address hardcopy submissions to:
Planning Policy Team, Wycombe District Council, Council offices, Queen Victoria Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 1BB

Please clearly state which Proposed Main Modification number or numbers your response relates to (for example, PMM1, PMM2 and so on).

Comments will only be accepted for the Proposed Main Modifications. General comments about the content of the Local Plan not related to a Proposed Main Modification will not be accepted.

Next Steps
We will pass all representations received to the independent Local Plan Inspector for consideration. Once the Inspector has reviewed the representations she will advise the Council about how she wishes to proceed with the Examination. Should the Inspector decide that no additional Hearing Sessions are necessary then she will advise the Council of the likely date of submission of her report of findings. Once the inspector’s report is published, this will set out any changes that are necessary to make the Wycombe District Local Plan sound. The Council must accept those changes if it wishes to adopt the Local Plan. We anticipate the Council will consider this in the summer of 2019.

Other information
Copies of the Plan and of the Proposed Main Modifications consultation document are also available to the public at local libraries during normal opening times.

If you have any queries, or wish to purchase a hard copy of the Plan submission version and of the Proposed Main Modifications consultation document, please get in touch by contacting the Planning Policy Team by email at or by phone on 01494 421158.

Your contact details
If the contacts details we hold are incorrect, or if you received this by post but can supply us with an email address, please inform us using the contacts above.

Yours faithfully

Aude Pantel

Aude Pantel
Planning Policy Officer
Planning & Sustainability

Wycombe District Council
Queen Victoria Road
High Wycombe
HP11 1BB

Direct line: 01494 421158



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Previous news

Submission of the Wycombe District Local Plan for Examination

Notification of submission (Regulation 22)
I am writing to inform you that on 28 March 2018 Wycombe District Council submitted the Wycombe District Local Plan (Regulation 19) Publication version to the Secretary of State for an Examination in Public. The new Local Plan is a long term blueprint for the District which sets out how our future development needs will be met – looking at where to build new homes and employment opportunities, identifying what key infrastructure is needed to support new development, whilst safeguarding our special environment. The plan identifies specific sites for development and sets down guidelines on the key sites for how they should be developed. The plan also contains detailed policies to direct development to the right locations, and to guide decisions on planning applications.

Nicola Gulley has been appointed as our independent Planning Inspector. The Inspector will decide how and when the Examination is to take place. Further details will be made available in due course on our website, and through the Programme Officer, see below

Latest on WDC Local Area Plans

Outcomes of the Regulation 19 Stage
You may have made representations on the “Wycombe District Local Plan (Regulation 19) publication version”, which was out for final consultation between 16 October and 4 December 2017. The Council has reviewed all the duly made representations and logged them against relevant parts of the plan for either issues on ‘legal compliance’ or ‘soundness.’ All the representations (listed alphabetically and by policy) are available on our website (see link above) alongside the plan and supporting evidence.

How to view the Plan, Supporting Evidence and Representations
Attached to this email is a Statement of Fact which identifies how and when you can view the plan and supporting evidence, as well as the representations made.
You can purchase a hard copy of the plan at a cost of £62.50. A copy of the plan is also available to the public at local libraries during normal opening times.
If you have any queries please get in touch by contacting the Planning Policy Team by email at or by phone on 01494 421158.

Consultation Database
Your email is currently on our Consultation Database to receive information on the progress of our local plans. If your contact details have changed, please inform us using the details above.


Please see WDC Local Plan Updates presented at a briefing meeting on the 2nd November 2017.  The deadline for consultation responses is 11.59pm on the 27/11/17 (By response form, email or post).  Please click on the following links for briefing.

WDC Slides presented at a briefing meeting 

Local Plan and supporting evidence


2/11/17 Drop in session 2pm-8pm North district. Location: Cherry Baker room, HP27 9AX,Princes Risborough, Risborough Community Centre

9/11/17 Drop in session 2pm-8pm South district Location: Committee Room 1, Council offices, High Wycombe,HP11 1BB,Queen Victoria Road

WDC: “These drop-in sessions are to advise on how you can respond to the consultation and what the next steps will be in the process. Please note that the drop in sessions are not exhibitions and are not aimed at explaining the content of the plan.”

Deadline for consultation responses is 27/11/17 11.59pm (By response form, email or post). Responses should raise issues testing soundness and legal compliance of local plan. Responses should request individual attendance at the hearing if you want to be present at the public hearing in 2018.

WDC plans to submit consultation responses with plan to inspector on 31/3/2018.

A public hearing/Examination takes place to examine the evidence – likely June/July 2018

Consultation on Inspectors recommendations/modifications in Autumn 2018. Likely to involve roundtable discussions led by inspector.

Adoption of plan 2019