04:26PM, Monday 16 May 2016
A consultation on Taplow’s application to be declared a Neighbourhood Area is now open for residents and businesses to give their views.
Taplow Parish Council has applied to South Bucks District Council (SBDC) to become a designated Neighbourhood Area under the Localism Act 2011. It wants to create its own Neighbourhood Plan to help guide development in the village area.
Chairman of the parish council George Sandy said: “Although a small parish, Taplow is graced with grand estates and fine houses such as Cliveden and Taplow Court. Residents value this history and the rural setting of the parish.
“Change is in the air and residents need to give direction to and control of these changes. The Neighbourhood Plan gives them the opportunity to put these interests formally into the planning process.”
If the application is successful and a draft Neighbourhood Plan is prepared, the plan will need to conform with SBDC planning objectives for the area set out in its development plan, then it would need to be tested by an independent examiner and pass a local referendum.
A Neighbourhood Plan would allow local people to come together and prepare a plan based on their local needs and priorities. If it conforms and passes examinations, the draft plan would then be the subject of a local referendum and if the majority of voters agree it can form part of the development plan and used to determine planning applications.
Within declared neighbourhood areas, parish councils can also prepare draft Neighbourhood Development Orders, subject to the orders begin made through due processes, allowing certain types of development without the need for making a planning application.
SBDC councillor Nick Naylor, portfolio holder for sustainable development, said: “This is a great opportunity for residents to have an influence on potential future developments in their community. I urge residents to get involved.”
Visit www.southbucks.gov.uk/planning/taplow to view the application to SBDC and a map defining the proposed Neighbourhood Area.
The consultation runs until Monday, June 6. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with comments.