What is the Buckingham Neighbourhood Development Plan?
Buckingham’s Neighbourhood Development Plan (BNDP) became a legal document in 2015, after being positively approved in a town wide referendum, giving residents a say in where and what development they want. Its policies have been used in planning decisions for Buckingham since then.
What does the Buckingham Neighbourhood Development Plan Working Group do?
Since 2015 there have been many changes to how we live, work and shop. Some, such as home working and online shopping, were already present before the pandemic but lockdowns have accelerated adoption of new habits. The town’s population has also increased, from the 12,000 of the 2011 census to more than 14,000 in the 2021 census, and today is heading towards 16,000 as further housing developments are completed.
Due to this, Buckingham Town Council will be refreshing the Neighbourhood Plan to ensure that the plan works towards building a future Buckingham that suits its residents, businesses and visitors. The new plan will set out fresh policy ideas to ensure the vibrancy of our historic market town.
The Buckingham Neighbourhood Development Plan Working Group has been working on developing a new plan, engaging with partners including local community, arts and sports groups, schools and businesses.
How can I take part?
The working group made up of councillors and local representatives meet monthly to discuss ideas and complete the work required to produce a new plan. If you would like to provide input, or to find out more, please contact the Town Council Office on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01280 816 426.
The working group will also host a number of pop up sessions, gathering the views of residents, businesses and visitors face to face or through social media. Follow Buckingham Town Council on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to find out more.