Buckinghamshire Neighbourhood Plan to go to referendum

Out-Law News | 19 Jun 2014 | 5:09 pm |

Aylesbury Vale District Council has resolved to proceed to a local referendum on the Neighbourhood Plan for Winslow in Buckinghamshire.

The Neighbourhood Plan (44-page / 1.62 MB PDF) is intended to be used to guide planning decisions in the Winslow area between 2014 and 2031. It proposes to designate a settlement boundary around the town, outside which exceptional circumstances will be required for any housing development. Five sites within the settlement boundary are allocated for housing development under the plan. At least 35% of new homes are intended to be affordable, subject to viability.

The plan was submitted for examination in December 2013 and an examination hearing took place on 1 May. Examiner Nigel McGurk released his final report (31-page / 302 KB PDF) later in May, approving the plan for referendum, subject to a number of modifications.

"The Winslow Neighbourhood Plan is the result of a significant and sustained community effort over a number of years", said McGurk in his report. "It is a clear and distinctive Neighbourhood Plan, founded upon community consultation and which provides for the sustainable growth of Winslow."

The Council has set a date of 24 July for the referendum.