Chaired by Councillor Mark Cole JP

This committee has four key roles:
It reviews every planning application, considers tree applications, takes part in various district and regional consultations where they may impact on Buckingham (such as housing, transport, leisure and economic development) and most recently, leads the production of the Buckingham Neighbourhood Development Plan.

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The Town Council is a statutory consultee, and reviews all planning applications advising AVDC should they not meet local requirements and aspirations. However, it should be noted that Aylesbury Vale District Council makes the final decision on all planning applications, and does not always agree with the Town Council’s comments. If you write to the District Council to support or object to an application, it would be helpful if you also provided a copy of the letter to the Town Council.

The Planning Committee is the lead body producing the Buckingham Neighbourhood Development Plan as a Frontrunner authority. The Neighbourhood Plan is the successor of the 2008-09 ‘Buckingham Plan’ that the committee also produced. For details of both plans, see our Community Plans page.

⇒ Planning Committee Terms of Reference
⇒ Map outlining Buckingham’s Conservation Area

Helpful planning websites

Upcoming Planning Committee Meetings

  • 8th October 2018 Agenda
  • 29th October 2018 Agenda
  • 26 November 2018 Agenda
  • 17th December 2018 Agenda

To access all past committee agendas, reports and minutes, including this year, please click here.

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Council Plans

Here you will find details of the Buckingham Neighbourhood Development Plan (BNDP), the Buckingham Plan, the Action Plan and the Business Plan.

Buckingham Neighbourhood Development Plan

1. MayorThe public referendum for the Neighbourhood Plan took place on the 17th September 2015 and the result was in favour of Aylesbury Vale District Council using the Buckingham Neighbourhood Plan to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area.

Total number of votes cast: 2015
Number cast in favour of a “YES”: 1840
Number cast in favour of a “NO”: 173
Number of ballots rejected as being unmarked or void for uncertainty: 2
Turnout: 21.45%

You can read the decision statement here

8. BNDPThe ‘BNDP’ is led by Buckingham Town Council to guide and influence the future of Buckingham.

Neighbourhood Plans are part of the planning system and carry legal weight to challenge development. Because they are a part of the actual planning system, Neighbourhood Plans must be robustly prepared and meet specific requirements, therefore there are several supporting documents which form part of the final plan, all of which can be downloaded or viewed on this page. The purpose of each report is explained in the introduction.

The BNDP has undertaken its ‘Pre-Submission Consultation’ which ended on 5th March 2015. After this the BNDP was submitted to Aylesbury Vale District Council who carried out their own six week consultation. Following this the Plan was passed to an independent examiner who had to decide if the Plan could progress on to a public referendum. The referendum took place on the 17th September 2015 and electors of the Town were able to vote on the culmination of 4 years’ work and consultation on the town’s plan. Details and supporting documents are available here.

The Plan and related documents are available below, a hard copy is available at Buckingham Library (Verney Close, Buckingham MK18 1JP)  or you can download the BNDP.


In April 2018 we employed a Town Plan Officer to review and refresh the Plan.

Business Plan

The purpose of the plan is to provide a statement of the Council’s vision for the town and layout its key objectives, priorities and values. The Plan is set out over a five year period and provides a framework for the Town Council to work within. The Business Plan gives Buckingham residents a better understanding of how the Town Council sees its future, what it is trying to achieve, and how it intends to deliver on its aims. The Town Council will regularly review and update the Plan.

2015-2018 Business Plan

Previous Plans

The Buckingham Plan – a vision for a vibrant market town

The Buckingham Plan was published in 2008 to put forward the town’s aspirations and ambitions for its future to Aylesbury Vale District Council.

The planning system fundamentally changed in 2012, however many aspects of the 2008 plan will no doubt still be relevant.

The Buckingham Plan and its associated action plans are still available to download for information.

Buckingham Plan 2008

Action Plan

The Town Council created a Strategic Plan highlighting what it wishes to achieve in the future. The Strategic Plan can be accessed here

As part of this Strategic Plan the Town Council created an Action Plan which can be downloaded. This outlines the work that the Town Council wants to progress during the coming year to make our town a better place to live, work and play.

2015-2016 Action Plan