Longwick cum Ilmer Parish Council

Neighbourhood Plan to be re-submitted

Whilst the plan was officially withdrawn earlier this year, on the advice of Wycombe District Council, the Parish Council has been seeking advice on whether or not there are any options open to us to try and re-start a Neighbourhood Plan.

Through a contact with lawyers in the City of London, we were initially advised that the Department for Communities and Local Government has a case unit specially relating to NPs and it was felt that they would be interested to hear of the Parish’s experience which is highly unusual with the complete withdrawal of a plan. We have subsequently been introduced to a firm of lawyers in Buckinghamshire whose view is that we should persevere with the NP as it is still one of the most effective means of guiding developments in our area, and this view is shared very much by the design consultants who actually produced our earlier plan.

As such, the Parish Council has unanimously agreed to proceed with re-instatement, to employ the same design consultants and to retain the planning lawyers to assist and advise as we proceed. We have arranged a meeting of the Parish Council during the last week of July with Penelope Tollitt, Head of Planning and Sustainability at Wycombe District Council, to advise of our intentions.

We shall of course arrange for public meetings with the community as matters develop so as to take note of your input/suggestions/preferences etc, but as a first step it would be hugely appreciated and useful if as many residents as possible would send in a response, by the closing date of 8th August, to the draft Local Plan document that was recently delivered to all properties in the Parish as those responses will help guide us in suitably amending the plan whilst retaining community approval.

Please respond to: newlocalplan@wycombe.gov.uk

Cllr Val McPherson
Chairman of the Parish Council

20th July 2016.





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