Chiltern District Local Plan

Spatial Strategies

(from Reg 18 consultation paper, section 4.7)

Option A. Making more efficient and effective use of land within existing built-up areas such as increasing building density or heights, opportunities for relocating open space uses compatible with the Green Belt to create new development opportunities in the built-up area and converting some land (such as employment land) to other uses (such as residential).

Option B. Test the scope to increase development opportunities by reviewing the purpose and function of existing areas of special control such as Established Residential Areas of Special Character (Chiltern Saved Local Plan) and Residential Areas of Exceptional Character (South Bucks Saved Local Plan).

Option C. Built area extension(s) to the principal settlements of Chesham, Amersham, Little Chalfont, Beaconsfield, Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross and Burnham – preliminary work has identified strategic options for further testing and consideration as part of the next stage of the Local Plan (see Appendix 2).

Option D. Built area extension(s) within Chiltern/South Bucks administrative area on the edge of principle settlements outside the Plan area – Wycombe, Uxbridge, Slough, and Maidenhead – preliminary work has identified strategic options for further testing and consideration as part of the next stage of the Local Plan (see Appendix 3).

Option E. Built area extensions to a wider range of settlements - Great Missenden, Prestwood, Chalfont St Giles, Denham Green, Iver Heath, Farnham Royal, Stoke Poges and Iver Village – preliminary work has identified strategic options for further testing and consideration as part of the next stage of the Local Plan (see Appendix 4).

Option F. A review of settlements within the Green Belt with a view to removing larger settlements currently within the Green Belt and to explore development potential – e.g. Botley, Nashleigh Hill/Lycrome Road area Chesham, South Heath, Hyde Heath, Little Kingshill, Winchmore Hill, Jordans, Denham and Taplow.

Option G. A detailed review of the inner Green Belt boundaries to address any existing anomalies, areas of significant development such as the Epilepsy Centre, Chalfont St Peter and/or small scale releases which would meet the test of exceptional circumstance to undertake a change, not undermine a purpose of the Green Belt and be capable of establishing a durable and defensible new boundary.

Option H. Review the scope for allowing limited infilling within villages and generally built up frontages within the Green Belt.

Option I. Extension(s) to other settlements such as the larger villages.

Option J. In addition to options included above, additional sustainable growth options in built up areas and/or in the Green Belt close to train stations – Chesham, Great Missenden, Amersham, Little Chalfont, Seer Green, Iver and Taplow.

Option K. Specifically to help meet office, warehousing and industrial employment needs:

i) explore intensification opportunities within or on the edge of existing employment sites in the built up areas.
ii) consider employment opportunities to be at or part of the Green Belt Strategic Options identified in appendices 2, 3 and 4.
iii) removal of some existing employment areas from the Green Belt on the edge of settlements like Chalfont Park, Chalfont St Peter, Court Lane, Iver and Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath.
iv) consider policy options/scope to increase employment potential on existing employment sites within the Green Belt such as Pollards Wood, Little Chalfont and Chalfont Grove, Chalfont St Peter.
v) explore new strategic employment options in the Green Belt in locations that are most likely to be attractive to the market and to meet local employment needs. Suggested Areas of Search have been identified, for testing, in Appendix 5. Within Appendix 5 there is a specific proposal north of Chesham in order to explore the potential to provide new local employment opportunities to allow some existing and outdated employment sites in the town to be redeveloped for other uses.
vi) Consider the best opportunities for securing inward investment (e.g. redevelopment of existing employment land or allocating new land at and near Iver for accommodating possible displaced employment uses should Heathrow Airport expansion proceed) and opportunities within the plan area for supporting and growing indigenous start up and small/medium employment uses.

Option L. A combination of all or a number of the above.