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Please click here for information on Aylesbury Vale District Councils plan for a garden village, which will affect Longwick, Owlswick, Meadle, Little Meadle and Owlswick residents.


Local Plan 



Please note that the final consultation on the Proposed Main Modifications to the Local Main made by Planning Inspector Nicola Gulley, is now closed. Responses can be viewed by clicking here.

Click here for full details of the Local Plan for the Risborough Area.

Planning Bulletin

26 October 2017

Issue 42/2017


In the bulletin this week:

  • Reminder: Local Plan Events
  • Alternative Route Phase Four


Reminder: Local Plan Events

Consultation on the plan closes on Monday 27 November.

The second Local Plan Briefing (North of the District), is taking place this evening at 7.30pm, Princes Risborough Community Centre, there are still a few places available and to book your place please use this link https://www.wycombe.gov.uk/localplanbriefingnorth

If you do not have access to a computer then please contact Carol Clouden on 01494 421757. As usual, if we find we are oversubscribed for these sessions, we will arrange an additional one.

We will also be holding two drop-in sessions to advise on how you can respond to the consultation and what the next steps will be in the process. These are:

  • Thursday 9 November 2pm to 8pm, Committee Room 1 and 2, Wycombe District Council Offices.
  • Thursday 16 November 2 pm to 8 pm, Cherry Baker Room, Princes Risborough Community Centre.

The two drop in sessions we are holding are aimed at helping people fit the comments they wish to make on the plan, to the relevant tests that the Inspector will be using to examine the plan. The examination is expected to take place in the summer of 2018.The purpose of this consultation is to be sure your views are heard by the Inspector. The Inspector has a specific legal remit, to test the soundness of the Plan. It is therefore in the interests of those making representations, to submit comments spelling out the ‘soundness’ shortcomings, rather than just setting out our general comment. It is because this is not straightforward, we are arranging the drop in sessions.

Community groups may want to send in submissions on behalf of residents (listing all the residents names) to avoid each resident having to do their own form – but please bear in mind that only one person would then be able to appear at the hearings with the Inspector.

Please also bear in mind in considering what comments that you may like to make, that you can make comments in support of the plan, as well as objections. A community group, for example, may want to write in to support the exclusion of a site from the plan.

Alternative Route Phase Four

For more information about the alternative route scheme visit: website.

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WDC Planning Bulletin 5 September 2016 Issue 38/2016

In the bulletin this week:

  • Staff news
  • Alternative route phase 2
  • Removal of Public Telephone Kiosk

Many of you will have got to know Martin Andrew over the many years that he has been Wycombe’s Conservation Officer. He has finally decided (after threatening many times) that it is time to retire. We are all very sorry indeed to see him go. His huge knowledge of all things to do with historic buildings, his love of the English language and his irrepressible wit will all be greatly missed. We wish him and his wife Gill a very happy retirement. We thought you might like to see this group photo, below, of Martin surrounded by some of his planning colleagues on his last day. Martin’s role will be taken up by Sarah Oborn. Sarah joined WDC about 18 months ago, as one of our urban designers.

But, happily, Sarah is a member of the Institute of Historic Buildings, having worked as Conservation Officer at South Oxford amongst other places. So we are very happy that Martin’s baton can be passed to Sarah, who will do both conservation and urban design work. Niki Huijer, one of our landscape architects, will also be studying historic conservation, to help provide some more resilience, and support to Sarah, again in conjunction with her existing landscape role.

Alternative Route Phase 2

Buckinghamshire County Council, working in partnership with Wycombe District Council and BTVLEP are about to commence works from 19 September on the Alternative Route as part of the Town Centre Master Plan for High Wycombe. The first stage of works for the coming weeks can be viewed on the plan below. Further plans for each stage can be viewed on our website.

Click here to view stage one of the works Click here to go to our website The purpose of this bulletin is to provide the local community with the detail of works to take place in September and the detail of the construction stages. In future, we will also keep people informed of works achieved and give advance warning of the potential impact on the highway network and local businesses.

What happens next… Week commencing 19 September 2016

  • Set up contractors compound site on Baker Street.
  • Removal of traffic signals at Bridge Street junction with Desborough Road and installation of temporary signals. This junction will remain controlled by temporary traffic signals until after Christmas 2016.
  • Widening of footways on Desborough Road by Guildmaster Court commences with creation of new parking bays.
  • Removal of the pedestrian crossing signals outside King’s Church, Desborough Road and installation of temporary crossing signals at same location.

Information boards and advanced warning signs on the highway regarding the works on site will be erected on Desborough Road in the coming weeks which we will be updating to keep local people informed.

You can sign up to automatically receive regular updates about the project at https://buckscc.us13.list-manage.com/subscribe/ Our next bulletin will be sent to you next week after works have started

Removal of Public Telephone Kiosk

Wycombe District Council has issued a final decision to object to proposals by BT to permanently remove the public call box located at the junction of Valley Road and Coombe Lane, Hughenden Valley, tel. no. 01494 465556. For a copy of the decision – the Final Notification – please contact Jenny Ion on 01494 421599 or by e-mail at, jenny.ion@wycombe.gov.uk. If you are unable to open the attached document then please click on the link below.

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Sarah Barfield PA to Penelope Tollitt and Caroline Hughes Head of Planning and Sustainability and Head of Environment


Planning Application For Former Leo Laboratories Site

Demolition of existing building and erection of 96 dwellings comprising 5 x 2 bed, 53 x 3 bed, 17 x 4 bed, 6 x 5 bed (houses) and 3 x 1 bed, 9 x 2 bed, 3 x 3 bed (flats), associated pedestrian & vehicle access, car parking, landscaping and 50 commercial car parking spaces to serve adjacent Hypnos factory. Click here for full details

Update on current planning issues as per Princes Risborough Town Council Annual Town Meeting 23/04/2015
WDC have not yet ruled on the planning application to build on Molins Sports Ground. Network Rail are looking at the Holt in Monks Risborough, the line in that area may be changed into twin tracks or the Holt may close. The decision made by Network Rail will likely have an effect on the planning application for houses next to Kingsmead. There is an application for housing on the old Leo Laboratory site in Longwick Road.

The consultation process to move the Post Office into the old Information Centre Office is well under way. If approved it is likely to move around June, a break in service is not expected due to this move.

Morrisons are still expected to open in Bell Street. Building work has begun at the rear of the old Birchnells shop and it is expected that the new business will be a restaurant. Housing on the old Hypnos/Whiteleaf Furniture sites is still expected. The removal of the cycle lane, the paving of the top of the High Street and the implementation of parking bays in Duke Street, all part of phase 2 of the One-Way System have been held up as the Town Council have to consult a long list of Cycling Associations, one of which have raised objections. As the removal of the cycle lane is paramount to the other improvements they cannot go ahead until the situation is resolved.

Local Plan

Lastest News From Wycombe District Council

The Future of Princes Risborough / Reserve Sites Workshops The Future of Princes Risborough 28 January 2015 (With Network Rail) Were pleased that we are now able to confirm the arrangements for a public exhibition and meeting about the future of the town. WDC exhibition: 3.30 6.30 p.m. at St Marys Church Hall, Church Lane, Princes Risborough HP27 9AW WDC meeting: 7.30 p.m. at the Community Centre, Stratton Road, Princes Risborough HP27 9AX There is no need to register for these events. We expect to be able to accommodate everyone at the Community Centre, though if the hall does become crowded we will have to turn latecomers away.

Network Rail will also be engaging with the public on railway crossings of the Risborough Aylesbury line on the same day and in the same place: Network Rail exhibition: 4.30 7.30 p.m. at St Marys Church Hall, Princes Risborough

Just a reminder that you can read a background study of the town and an Issues and Responses report under the Princes Risborough page of our website here: http://www.wycombe.gov.uk/council-services/planning-and-buildings/planning-policy/new-local-plan/princes-risborough.aspx These were published back in December to give you time to review them before 28 January. If you have any question regarding the event please contact Rosie Brake, Planning Policy Officer at rosie_brake@wycombe.gov.uk or by calling 01494 421 581

Reserve site workshops January to March 2015

We are organising 5 all-day workshops on Saturdays in relation to the Reserve Sites. By holding an all-day event, from 10.00 4.30, it will allow for much more in-depth discussion than we have been able to achieve in evening meetings to date. The purpose of the workshops is to build on the issues you have already identified, and to start exploring how these might be addressed.

We have appointed AR Urbanism to run these workshops. They have a wide range of experience in engaging local people in planning projects. Councillors and officers will also be at the workshops. The events are:

  • Gomm Valley and Ashwells Saturday 31st January 10 am 4.30 pm Highcrest Academy, Hatters Lane
  • Terriers Farm Saturday 7th February 10 am 4.30 pm Holy Trinity Church in Hazlemere
  • Abbey Barn South and Abbey Barn North Saturday 28th February 10 am 4.30 pm John Hampden School, High Wycombe
  • High Wycombe infrastructure Saturday 7th March 10 am 4.30 pm Bucks New University, High Wycombe
  • Slate Meadow Saturday 14th March 10 am 4.30 pm Community Centre, Bourne End


To register for one of these workshops please email team@wycombe-reserve-sites.org or contact Riccardo Bobisse on0203 290 8979. More information on the New Local Plan, including Princes Risborough and the Reserve Sites can be found at www.wycombe.gov.uk/newlocalplan.


FIND OUT MORE 19th and 20th September 2014

Wycombe District Council (WDC) is asking local people to play a part in shaping the future of Princes Risborough by visiting a special exhibition at the Community Centre next week.

The event will take place on:Friday 19 September 2014 5.30-8pm and Saturday 20 September 2014 from 10.30am-6pm, atRisborough Community Centre,Stratton Road, Princes Risborough, HP27 9BH. (The venue is fully accessible for people with disabilities, and children and buggies are welcome.) The exhibition marks the start of technical feasibility studies which follows on from options outlined earlier this year as part of the Councils Local Plan consultation. Feedback from local residents showed that local residents have concerns about the idea of significant expansion of Princes Risborough.

The studies will look in detail at the challenges which lie ahead and how benefits might be brought to the town. At the exhibition, local people can – see the work that has been done to look at options so far – see a range of different options which explore ways in which the town might grow in the future – talk directly to planners and local representatives In addition, there will be themed workshop sessions running on Saturday focusing on specific issues:

11am-12pmLandscape, Ecology and Flooding
1.30-2.30pm Movement and Transport
3-4pm Facilities and Community Spaces 4.30-5.30pm
Defining Character Staff and councillors from Wycombe District Council, Princes Risborough Town Council as well as consultants working on the project will all be on hand to answer questions and hear what you have to say about the proposals.

Cllr Neil Marshall, Cabinet Member for Planning and Sustainability at Wycombe District Council said: Councils up and down the country are facing challenging times with the recent changes which have been made in national planning, where there is now a presumption in favour of development.

We care deeply about Wycombe District and we are determined to fight to keep as much local control as we can over our local planning decisions. We can only do that by showing national planning inspectors that we are taking local control to be progressive planning to deliver local growth for the future so that we can then also protect the special character of Wycombe District. The drop in event in Princes Risborough is the beginning of a local dialogue where we are setting out the problem and being open, asking local people to work with us to find the best solutions to managing our growth. The feasibility study work is being carried out to ensure there is a strong local framework in place to both help shape the future and also retain the character of the town centre.

It will look in detail at specific local issues, infrastructure needs and planning constraints and will explore potential housing allocations which could see up to 2,500 new homes being built in and around the town. If you cannot attend, the exhibition will also be on the Councils website and you can contribute your views online until Monday 29 September. In addition, the Risborough Information Centre Lane will have copies of all the reports, research and information relating to this work available for people to see. Please call 01844 274795 to check opening times and availability.


Public Meeting – Longwick Village Hall, Tuesday 13th January 2015, 8.00pm
Your Parish Council invites you to this meeting, further to the public meetings and Wycombe District Council consultation held in 2014 on the Local Plan Review and the Longwick Village Capacity Study. Once again we will hear a presentation from Wycombe DC Planning Officers.

They will explain about progress to meet government targets for Housing Land Supply in the District, and how this means that Longwick remains vulnerable to speculative planning applications.

Further information will be given about how the Neighbourhood Plan process could assist, and what is involved. The response to the consultation in October indicated that some modest additional housing could be acceptable, especially if spread across several small sites rather than concentrated on one large site.

We will see a map showing provisional sites around the village where housing might be considered. The Parish Council does not wish to see Longwick changing in response to a series of speculative planning applications. Another way forward is to consider preparing a Neighbourhood Plan for the whole or part of the Parish, in consultation with residents and businesses. The aim would be for the community to agree a framework for some development, subject to certain conditions such as improved public transport.

In other words, how we would like to see the village develop, which if adopted becomes part of local planning policy. A prerequisite for making a Neighbourhood Plan is to apply for the designation of a Neighbourhood Area. The Parish Council has made the application but this does not commit it to preparing a Plan. So please come to the meeting to learn more and help us to decide whether to take some control over the future in this way, or not. Longwick-cum-Ilmer Parish Council

Mill Lane

Application for site adjacent to Kingsmead is due to be determined December 2014.

Public Meeting Notice Public Meeting – regarding Mill Lane Developments A public meeting has been called by Princes Risborough Town Council regarding the Mill Lane Developments, including Molins, Kingsmead and also an update on the Local Plan. Meeting to take place on Friday 20th June at 7pm in the Princes Centre, Clifford Road. All welcome to attend. Molins Application to build on the sports ground is due to be determined early 2015.

Pleaseclick herefor details of the proposal to build 90 houses on Molins Sports Ground. Wilks Head and Eve will be holding an Open Meeting click here

Thursday 29th May 12pm 2.30pm & 6pm 8pm at Monks Risborough Primary School, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire HP27 9LZ

Mill Lane

An application to build 210 houses in Mill Lane, Monks Risborough has been received by WDC please click here for details

New School and Community use Sports Hall

Update The Hall is now in use, click here to see a video of it’s construction Planning permission has been granted for the building of a sports hall at Princes Risborough School and construction has now begun. The building will comprise of 5 badminton courts, a fitness and dance studio and classroom spaces and is expected to be completed in the Autumn of 2014. The Sports Hall will be available for Community use in the evenings and at weekends. To see the plans click here

The Royal Mail Sorting Office Bell Street

At a recent Risborough Area Residents Association meeting it was confirmed that W E Black will shortly submit planning applications for alterations to the sorting office for first floor flats and a Morrisons on the ground floor along with parking.

Updates :

23/03/2015 Flats now on the market Application approved. 20th May 2014 Demolition of the building began today. To view the Permited Planning Application from Morrisons click here An application for Varriation of Condition 11 of this application has now been submitted to WDC.


At a recent Risborough Area Residents Association meeting it was confirmed that W E Black still intend to build on the old Whiteleaf Furniture and Hypnos sites. W E Black has recently purchased the freehold for the Total Carbide building and the lease has two years left to run.