Call for Brownfield Sites in Buckinghamshire

8th March 2021

As part of the preparation for its new Local Plan, Buckinghamshire Council is currently calling for sites of previously developed land (brownfield) that are available for redevelopment. This includes sites that are occupied by a permanent structure, including the curtilage of the developed land, and any associated fixed surface infrastructure.

In particular, they are looking for land that was previously used for any kind of employment and is now vacant or underused, empty retail units and garage sites. They are also interested in any of these types of site that will become vacant over the next 5-10 years.

The Council have made the following statement on their website:

“We  are keen to ensure that when a new development takes place, it is sustainable and makes the best use of available land.

In order to reduce the amount of greenfield land required for development, we want to identify potentially suitable brownfield sites for housing and commercial development.”

The newly formed Buckinghamshire Council is at the beginning of a new chapter in how it delivers development across the former boroughs of Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe. Read more about the Unitary Council’s turbulent start in our article, ‘What’s the Plan with the Plans?’ This is a key opportunity to get sites in front of the Council right at the beginning of the Local Plan preparation process, setting the groundwork for possible future development.

Bell Cornwell planners have excellent knowledge of the Buckinghamshire area and we would be delighted to advise you further on the most appropriate way forward for your sites on a case by case basis. Contact our Buckinghamshire office here.

The call for brownfield sites ends on the 22nd March 2021.

Senior Principal Planner, Jonathan Jarman.

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