Brown, not green pledge

Early work has begun on the Local Plan for Buckinghamshire, which will shape the future for the county’s planning and development.

Buckinghamshire Council is clearly stating a policy pledge: Brown Before Green.

The plan will seek to balance the need for new homes and related facilities with the need to protect the natural environment and preserve the special character of the county’s towns, villages and countryside.

Brown Before Green is the council’s policy pledge to use brownfield sites – land that has previously been built on – whenever possible when meeting the development needs that will be set out in the new plan.

To ensure that there are as many brownfield sites as possible available for redevelopment, the council is asking Bucks residents, businesses and landowners to get in touch and provide details of any previously developed sites that might be suitable for addition to the county’s list.

Gareth Williams, the council’s cabinet member for planning & regeneration, said: ‘Creating a Local Plan for Buckinghamshire will be a demanding and challenging process, as we seek to ensure a strong local economy and good quality of life for all sections of our community, while at the same time looking after our natural environment and local heritage.’

Find out more about Brown Before Green.

Alternatively people can submit information on a potential brownfield site online.

Disused factory premises such as these could be suitable for brownfield redevelopment.

A disused Bucks factory.