Land hunt goes on

The hunt for future development land continues in Bucks – with a ‘Brown Before Green’ pledge.

As Buckinghamshire Council continues its work on the Local Plan for the county, it is widening its search for land suitable for different kinds of future development.

The aim is to ensure that Buckinghamshire people have the homes, infrastructure, economic opportunities and sustainable natural environment they will need in years to come.

As part of this, the council is making a third call for sites suitable for future development. After two previous calls for brownfield sites, there is now a wider focus on sites which may include previously undeveloped land, as well as a continued emphasis on reusing brownfield land whenever possible.

Thed council’s cabinet member for planning & regeneration Peter Strachan said: ‘The council is firmly committed to its ‘Brown Before Green’ pledge, which is why we’ve held two calls for brownfield sites and continue to welcome submissions.

‘But brownfield sites won’t fulfil all of our future development needs, so we also need to identify land not previously developed that is suitable for future use, while at the same time protecting our countryside and natural environment.

‘So I’d like to invite anyone who knows of sites that may be suitable for future development to submit them either online or in writing so that they can then go forward to the council’s rigorous assessment process as to their viability and suitability.

‘We welcome submissions from both individuals and from organisations that hold land or act on behalf of landowners.’

Further details of the wider call for sites, and information on how to submit sites for consideration, can be found on the council website at

Space is needed for more family homes.