New Local Plan - call for brownfield sites

Buckinghamshire Council has now started the initial steps towards a new Local Plan. This Plan will allocate development sites across the county, for the period up to 2040. This is a separate process from the Statement of Community Involvement consultation which you may have seen recently.
 
One of the first steps Bucks Council is taking for the Local Plan is to carry out a "call for brownfield sites", which means they are inviting everyone to submit details of previously developed sites which have potential to be re-developed. These sites don't need to be currently vacant. This is important because the more "previously developed" land that is brought forward, the less pressure there will be to develop greenfield sites. You can read more about the process here: https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/news/call-for-brownfield-sites-in-buckinghamshire/
 
The call for sites runs until 5pm on 22nd March 2021 and to submit a site, you need to complete a form which can found by using this link: https://yourvoicebucks.citizenspace.com/planning/brownfield-call/.
 
A separate form is needed for each property. You don't need to be the owner to complete the form. For example, if you think that the Town Hall site could be redeveloped, you could submit that as an idea.
 
Once this consultation closes, Bucks Council will then assess the sites for suitability. This is the process they undertook during the previous Local Plan process. Once Bucks Council has assessed the sites submitted for consideration, the Council will prepare a map and a document called a Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA). This document will then be used as part of the evidence base for the new Local Plan.
 
We will stay vigilant throughout the process of the new Local Plan and keep you posted.