Tag, type, snap!

What do you like about where you live? What would you change?

As Buckinghamshire Council reviews its planning guidelines, it is inviting people to let it know what they would change about where they live, with a ‘tag, type, snap’.

The council has been selected as one of 14 local authorities to take part in a national pilot to test the new National Model Design Code, receiving a £50,000 Government grant.

Cabinet Member for Planning and Regeneration, Gareth Williams, said: ‘This is a unique and exciting opportunity for residents to have their views heard regarding their local area.’

The design code is a document that contains rules for new developments, how streets, public spaces and buildings will look, as well as spaces created for water and nature. The code for Bucks will set rules that developers must follow.

Using an innovative web portal, bucks.place, people can tell the council what they think – both good and bad – about where they live and other local developments in the surrounding areas.

Using a smartphone or computer, people can tag their location, type their thoughts and snap a relevant photo to tell the council their thoughts about homes, nature, infrastructure and more.

They can also comment about the problems and issues faced living in Bucks and what they would like to see in future.

Residents’ involvement will help the council to shape the future development of Bucks, ensuring that the community is creating an exciting, accessible and thriving place for you to live.

The council says people also need to begin thinking about what the home of 2050 will look like. It is likely that it will need to be designed completely differently to homes today, in response to changes in lifestyle and climate. This is why feedback as part of this pilot is so important.

The code will be used to help the council to make better decisions about planning applications in future.

Mr Williams said: ‘We are particularly keen to hear from younger residents about what kind of area they would like to live in in future, when they’re looking to buy their first home or start a family.

‘I hope that residents will make the most of this opportunity by using the bucks.place portal and ‘tag, type, snap’-ing their views.’

Visit the bucks.place portal to declare your views.

The Exchange, Aylesbury – already a local landmark