Revised Neighbourhood Plan consultation - 10 January to 28 February 2022 -
see "Pre-submission consultation" section below

Winslow Neighbourhood Plan

Winslow was one of the first communities in England to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan, and our first Plan was "made" (took effect) in September 2014. It was supported by more than 98% of votes cast at a local referendum which had a turnout of almost 60%. A copy of that plan can be found here.

A Neighbourhood Plan is the most local component of the area's Development Plan which steers planning decisions that affect the town. The Neighbourhood Plan is required to deliver the strategic policies set out in the area's Local Plan. Since September 2021 this is the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan 2013-2033 (VALP). More information about VALP can be found on this part of the Buckinghamshire Council web site.

Revising the Neighbourhood Plan in 2021/22

VALP has set the framework for updating Winslow's Neighbourhood Plan during 2021/22. In particular VALP sets a target for additional housing in Winslow to be located on land which it has allocated for this purpose to the east of Great Horwood Road. At the same time the revised Neighbourhood Plan will need to accommodate Buckinghamshire Council's (BC) latest proposals for a Sports Hub, along with a business park, on land at Redfield. And once the sports facilities are relocated from the former Winslow Centre and Rugby Field sites, BC also has revised plans for development of this vacant "brownfield" site within the town. To support the town's community the Town Council has plans for the area which it refers to as the Heart of Winslow – with improvements to the existing Public Hall, and a new Community and Sports Club building to provide an additional small function room and a social space as well as a replacement of changing rooms and other facilities in the current sports club building.

Initial consultations - February to April 2021

An initial consultation with residents, businesses and others who have an interest in the town took place between February and 6 April 2021 following Covid-secure procedures, with the ideas for the new Neighbourhood Plan being set out in more detail in a leaflet "A Plan for Winslow to 2033". The text of this can be found here in large-text format.

More than 250 responses were received to this initial consultation (including some received after the deadline which will still be taken into account). These responses contain well over 1000 individual comments, many of which raise multiple issues. The analysis of all the responses can be found in the Report of the initial consultation. This has fed into the preparation of the draft revised Neighbourhood Plan.

Pre-submission consultation on revised Neighbourhood Plan

The draft revised Neighbourhood Plan is the subject of a further formal consultation with local residents, businesses and others with an interest in the town, that will run from 10 January to 28 February 2022. This is known as the Regulation 14 or pre-submission consultation. A consultation booklet is being circulated house-to-house and to other consultees in early January. Documents supporting this consultation are listed below and can be downloaded using the links on this page. They will also be available to be consulted at the Community Library during normal opening hours from 10 January. A printed copy of any of the supporting documents can also be requested from the Council's offices at 28 High Street during normal opening hours.

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group will welcome feedback during the pre-submission consultations. There is no response form, so please email your thoughts to plan@winslowtowncouncil.gov.uk or send a letter to Plan, Winslow Town Council at 28 High Street, Winslow MK18 3HF.

All responses to this consultation must be received by Monday 28 February 2022 to be considered.

NOTE : Despite careful proof-reading there is an error in the notation of the Policies Map related to Employment areas - 'a' clearly relates to the site north of Buckingham Road, and 'b' relates to the sites south of Buckingham Road. We also note that the base of the Policies Map is the latest Ordnance Survey mapping for the area, but this does not include recently completed housing east of Furze Lane.

Documents for the pre-submission consultation

Each link in bold blue text is the hyperlink to the relevant document

The draft revised Plan in full :

The consultation booklet which has been printed and distributed widely :

An alternative version of the consultation booklet which is in larger text :

The text of just the 12 proposed Policies with minimal explanatory text :

A comparison of the policies in the 2014 Neighbourhood Plan with those proposed for the revised Neighbourhood Plan :

A draft of the Environmental Assessment of the revised Neighbourhood Plan :

A draft of the State of the Town report for the revised Neighbourhood Plan :

What happens after the pre-submission consultation?

Feedback from the pre-submission consultation will be taken into account in preparing a final draft of the Plan which is then submitted to Buckinghamshire Council (BC) for approval. After a statutory consultation period BC will appoint a professional Examiner to review the Plan and consider any representations submitted during its consultation. If the Examiner considers that the revisions significantly change the nature of the current Plan, he or she will advise BC that a local referendum should be held to test the acceptability of the plan to the local community. If not, the Examiner will make recommendations to BC for any minor technical changes that should be made to the Plan. Only after these processes are completed satisfactorily will BC be able to "make" the plan a part of the area's Development Plan, alongside VALP.

Last updated: Mon, 10 Jan 2022 12:49