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Sep 2011

Have your say on shaping the future of the Wycombe district

From Friday 2 September to Friday 14 October, Wycombe District Council will be asking local people to have their say on revised plans for supporting Wycombe district's towns and villages, regenerating key sites and setting in place a strong framework for delivering a sustainable future.

The revised plan - formally called the Delivery and Site Allocations Document for Town Centres and Managing Development - includes the High Wycombe Town Centre Masterplan, a transformative blueprint for reshaping High Wycombe town centre up to 2026. The aim of the masterplan is to deliver a town centre which reflects its heritage and history, while offering all of the necessary opportunities to enjoy 21st century living. To do this, the Council has specific plans: to focus new opportunities for homes, jobs, shops and leisure activities in the town centre; to create opportunities to reintroduce the River Wye as an important focal point; and to rebalance the highway network so that there are better connected, pedestrian friendly streets and spaces less dominated by vehicles. Other plans for around High Wycombe include new public spaces in the Desborough area.

Plans for Marlow aim to: support the town centre's viability; ensure that the town is not dominated by vehicular traffic; protect the environment in and around the town centre; maintain the strength of the town as a local employment centre; and ensure that the limited opportunities for providing housing in the town address the needs of the community.

Two future development sites have been identified in Princes Risborough town centre - Land off New Road and South of Horns Lane.

As well as proposals for specific places, there are also a number of policies and plans which aim to protect and enhance the whole district. These include green networks and open spaces; carbon reduction and sustainable building; delivering infrastructure; and ensuring that towns and village centres across the district, such as Bourne End, Flackwell Heath and Hazlemere, continue to perform well and serve the needs of their residents.

Cllr Hugh McCarthy, Wycombe District Council's Cabinet Member for Planning and Sustainability, commented: "Between 2 September and 14 October, we are inviting you to have your say on the bold and exciting plans that we have made for the future of the Wycombe district, which aim to improve local facilities and help to deliver new jobs and prosperity to the area by regenerating key sites and setting in place a strong framework for future development. We want the Wycombe district to continue to be somewhere people are proud to live, work, visit and shop in. So please, take the opportunity to review our plans and tell us what you think - there are plenty of ways to have your say and to get involved."

Local people can have their say on the plans by emailing , writing to Spatial Planning, Wycombe District Council, Freepost HY120, Planning and Sustainability WDC 63, Queen Victoria Road, High Wycombe HP11 1BR, or completing a response form available online at www.wycombe.gov.uk/planningconsultations. Events, including online discussion forums, will also be held throughout the consultation period.

All of the relevant documents are available to view at:

  • www.wycombe.gov.uk/planning consultations and then clicking on "Delivery and Site Allocations Consultation 2011"
  • Wycombe District Council offices in High Wycombe, Marlow and Princes Risborough
  • All libraries within the district
  • Local parish council offices

A hard copy of the consultation document can be purchased by phoning 01494 421 158.

There have been several rounds of consultation which have resulted in local people's comments being considered within the plans. The last time the Council consulted on the whole draft Delivery and Site Allocations document was in summer 2009.

Events

From 2 September to 14 October, High Wycombe library will host a High Wycombe town centre masterplan exhibition. Planning officers will be available to answer questions from 10am to 1pm on Saturday 10 September, 5 to 8pm on Thursday 22 September and 11am to 3pm on Tuesday 27 September. There is no need to book to attend the exhibition.

Briefings on the Delivery and Site Allocations Document for Town Centres and Managing Development will be held from 6 to 7.15pm on Wednesday 7 September and 5.30 to 6.45pm on Wednesday 14 September at the council offices in High Wycombe. Please book to attend this event.

A briefing on the High Wycombe Town Centre Masterplan will be held from 6 to 8pm on Thursday 15 September at The Hub, Easton Street in High Wycombe. Please book to attend this event.

Online discussion forums will be held on the High Wycombe masterplan.

Visit www.wycombe.gov.uk/planningconsultations for further details.

To book to attend an event, email or phone 01494 421 277.

For further information please contact Catherine Spalton, Communications Team Leader, on 01494 421 230 or .

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