Chiltern District Local Plan
The Council has started preparing a new (emerging) Local Plan for Chiltern District.
The Local Plan will set out policies used to determine planning applications, site allocations or propose new development (e.g. housing or employment) and broader land designations (e.g. Green Belt areas).
Green Belt under Attack
Despite the concerted opposition to any building on the local green belt which was expressed at the initial consultation, the latest 'consultation' seeks our views on which green belt areas should be released for development. Green Belt land may only be released for sustainable development, and in exceptional circumstances. The council proposals do not meet either condition.
The consultation proposals
Green Belt development options on the CDC website; this section deals with Lye Green. Note that flood risk is the only infrastructure issue considered, while other areas have had a far wider range of objections discussed.
What you can do -
See this presentation about how to respond to the latest consultation
- See the CDC local plan pages,
and respond, by 12th December !
- Visit the Lye Green residents' web site, for the latest updates, and sign their petition.
- Support Our Vision - below
Model of the proposal to revitalise the town centre;
more details in this presentation.
What is the Local Plan?
Chesham Society/Town Meeting, 26th Feb
Introduction to the Plan - CDC presentation to the Chesham Society meeting (17th February).
Details of the plan and ongoing consultation can be found on the CDC website - "Emerging Local Plan".
The consultation attracted over 5000 responses. The society issued this press release.
|The first round of the consultation ended on 14th March.CDC has now published a Summary of Responses ; individual replies can be found from this page.|
Other important documents are
Buckinghamshire Housing and Economic Development Needs Assessment
The HEDNA document ( Full or Executive Summary ) provides "the robust and strategic evidence base required to establish the Objectively Assessed Need (OAN) for housing in the Housing Market Area (HMA)" in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Figure 6 (page 19) illustrates the functional housing market areas (HMAs) and functional economic market areas (FEMAs) that the study identified.
The study sought to
- Provide an overview of the FEMA and review the local policy context (Chapter 2);
- Evidence the need and demand for housing based on demographic projections (Chapter 3);
- Identify the appropriate balance between market and affordable housing (Chapter 4);
- Consider the local property market and review the existing supply (Chapter 5);
- Evidence future economic needs and employment forecasts (Chapter 6);
- Establish the Objectively Assessed Need for housing (Chapter 7), including a review of the:
- Balance between future workers and jobs; and
- Market signals about the balance between demand for and supply of dwellings;
- Consider overall housing requirements the needs for all types of housing (Chapter 8); and
- Determine future employment land requirements (Chapter 9).
The Chiltern and South Bucks Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and National Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) require every local planning authority to assess the amount of land that is available for housing and economic development in its area. This is known as the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA). The Draft HELAA will provide part of the ongoing the evidence base for the Chiltern and South Bucks Emerging Local Plan 2014-36. It will:
- Identify sites and broad locations with potential for development;
- Assess their development potential; and
- Assess their suitability for development and the likelihood of development coming forward (the availability and achievability)
- Be finalised prior to the submission of the Plan.
At this stage the draft HELAA only considers sites within built areas or on previously developed land in the Green Belt. Other options identified through the Green Belt Assessment Phase 1 and Local Plan Regulation 18 and Issues and Options Consultation will be considered in the HELAA’s next iteration
Use of current Green Belt land is considered in the consultation document -
- Appendix 2 Green Belt Strategic options (p30)
- shows areas near Chesham, Amersham ... being considered for housing
- Appendix 5 - Strategic Employment Options.. (p45)
- shows (similar) green belt areas near Chesham, considered for employment
This map shows the Green Belt assessment areas. Further details of some local greenbelt areas are
How is Chesham affected ?
That should depend on the consultation. The society is considering the proposals and will make some recommendations about an appropriate response.
If you can help us to formulate this response - or for more information, please contact our planning team.
Should any of the Green Belt / AONB be used for housing ? This map shows the Chilterns AONB and Green Belt areas