Your say on village future

People are to have their say on future planning policy in Stewkley and the surrounding parish area.

Stewkley Parish Council has submitted its Neighbourhood Development Plan to Buckinghamshire Council, and this now goes into a period of formal consultation so that residents’ and organisations’ views can be heard.

The plan proposes a range of detailed policies to shape new development in the parish and to provide appropriate protection to local wildlife, landscape, heritage and green spaces.

It sets out a vision for the future of the parish and proposes policies that will be used to determine local planning applications and which, if accepted, will shape local planning right through to 2033.

The consultation is open now on Your Voice Bucks.

Anyone wishing to comment must do so before midnight on 20 December 2020.

The council will also accept other comments in writing including via electronic means such as email, provided that a name and address is supplied. The council cannot accept anonymous comments.

Email [email protected] or post to: Stewkley Neighbourhood Plan, Planning Policy, Buckinghamshire Council, King George V House, King George V Road, Amersham, Bucks HP6 5AW.

After the consultation, the plan will be examined independently to ensure that it meets the conditions laid out in the Localism Act and other relevant regulations. Public comments will be taken into account by the independent examiner in determining whether the plan meets legal requirements.

Warren Whyte, Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Planning & Enforcement, said: ‘The Local Neighbourhood Plan is an important means by which communities can help set the planning policies that determine planning applications in their local area, and my thanks go to the parish council, the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, and all the local people who have worked on the development of the Stewkley plan.

‘I’d ask anyone either living locally or with another interest in the Stewkley area to take a look give us their views as part of the formal consultation.’

Stewkley is a best kept villages winner and lays claim to have one of the longest high streets in the country.