Local plans

It is especially important for the Chilterns Conservation Board to influence statutory local plans and local transport plans as these offer the greatest opportunity to manage the impacts of development in the AONB.

Decisions on planning applications must by law be made in accordance with the relevant development plans (which includes local plans and neighbourhood plans), unless there are very good reasons not to. Local plans (which include separate plans for general development and for minerals and waste operations) are prepared by local planning authorities (district or unitary and county councils – see below for more details).

Other planning and development decisions are also required to take local (and neighbourhood) plans into account.

Unitary and county councils also prepare local transport plans, which make provision for local transport infrastructure (such as roads, cycleways, etc.) and also how that infrastructure is used and allocated between different users (cars, buses, cycles, etc.).

What we seek to influence in local plans and local transport plans

Our main concern is to ensure that local plans and local transport plans take sufficient account of the need to conserve and enhance the Chilterns AONB in their aims, objectives, policies and specific development proposals.

We assess whether the overall scale of development proposed and the location and design of development proposals are all consistent with national planning policies for protected landscapes, and will help to deliver the objectives of the Chilterns AONB Management Plan.

In particular, we promote the inclusion of our model development plan policy for the Chilterns AONB, and that reference is made to the Chilterns Buildings Design Guide (preferably recognising the Guide as supplementary planning guidance).

With regard to local transport plans, working with the Chiltern Society we have developed a joint approach to transport planning in the Chilterns, and we encourage transport authorities to continue to adhere to our Environmental Guidelines for the Design and Management of Highways in the Chilterns.

Local plans in the Chilterns

We are working on a comprehensive guide to local plans in the Chilterns, including whether each one reflects our principal concerns. Watch this space for further details.

The local planning authorities producing local plans across the designated area of the Chilterns, and immediately adjacent to it, currently are:

  • Oxfordshire County Council: minerals and waste local plans; local transport plan.
  • South Oxfordshire District Council: local plan.
  • Buckinghamshire Council: local plan; minerals and waste local plans; local transport plan.
  • Central Bedfordshire Council: local plan; minerals and waste local plans; local transport plan.
  • Luton Borough Council: local plan; minerals and waste local plans; local transport plan.
  • Hertfordshire County Council: minerals and waste local plans; local transport plan.
  • Dacorum Borough Council: local plan.
  • North Hertfordshire District Council: local plan.
  • Three Rivers District Council: local plan.
  • Reading Borough Council: local plan; minerals and waste local plans; local transport plan.
  • West Berkshire Council: local plan; minerals and waste local plans; local transport plan.
  • Wokingham Borough Council: local plan; minerals and waste local plans; local transport plan.
  • Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead: local plan; minerals and waste local plans; local transport plan.

Related news

HS2 Update, March 2022

The Chilterns Conservation Board is working to hold HS2 to account and to minimise the effects of its construction works on the Chilterns landscape.

HS2 Update, December 2021

Read about how we're holding HS2 to account

Sable House named Chilterns Building of the Year 2021

Sable House in Buckinghamshire has been named as the Chilterns Building Design Award winners for 2021.

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Getting help with planning

We are sadly unable to respond to all queries we receive on planning matters from members of the public.  Here you can find out how we work and who might be able to help you.
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Published advice and guidance

The Board publishes guidance to help stakeholders draft plans and make decisions on developments in and around the AONB. The guidance can also help people prepare proposals for development, whether or not they need to apply for planning permission.