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DAWS HILL NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM

In accordance with The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, Daws Hill Neighbourhood Forum (DHNF) was formally agreed by Wycombe District Council (WDC) Cabinet on the 10th September 2012, which means that the Daws Hill Neighbourhood Forum is authorised to act in relation to the Daws Hill Neighbourhood Area for the purposes of producing neighbourhood development plans and neighbourhood development orders.

The Government has issued a consultation on its latest set of planning reforms: Technical consultation on implementation of planning changes. The consultation deadline was 15 April 2016. One of the legislation changes proposed is to give Neighbourhood Forums the same or similar status as Parish Councils have when it comes to Planning, Section 106 agreements etc. etc. Please see this link for the full document. Page 33 is the start of the section relevant to us as Neighbourhood Forum.


WHAT ARE WE DOING FOR YOU?

Although the Neighbourhood Area (NA) applied for was not granted by WDC. DHNF still has relevance because of potential development in our NA and the potential adverse impact of neighbouring developments. Any proposed developments within DHNA should be focused on:

  • meeting the needs of the people who presently live in the area;
  • meeting the needs of those who will come to live in the area post-development;
  • considering the needs of those living and working in High Wycombe; and
  • ensuring care for the environment.

Sustainable development — the driving force behind our Neighbourhood Plan (NP) — will help to achieve a better quality of life for all neighbourhood residents as well as those in High Wycombe and, in so doing, help meet the environmental challenges of the future..

WHAT HAVE DHNF ACHIEVED?

• Fund raising by residents for the Judicial Review costs;

• Daws Hill Area Public Transport link (aka Daws Leas Bus link) reconsideration by BCC;

• Possibility of sound barriers with solar panels between M40 and houses on south side of Daws Lea;

• Development of Daws Hill Neighbourhood Plan;

• Grant applications to complete the Neighbourhood Plan.

IN THE NEWS

• The Government has issued a consultation on its latest set of planning reforms: Technical consultation on implementation of planning changes. The consultation deadline was 15 April 2016. Please see this link for the full document. Page 33 is the start of the section relevant to us as Neighbourhood Forum.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/501239/Planning_consultation.pdf


• Call for the bringing together all of the Bucks Councils to create Unitary Council for Buckinghamshire (or a North and South Unitary council).

https://www.facebook.com/Unitary-Authority-For-Buckinghamshire-1183678634995917/


• Read more about BCC's proposed Unitary Council business case.

https://democracy.buckscc.gov.uk/documents/s79463/Options%20for%20the%20Future%20of%20Local%20Government%20in%20Buckinghamshire.pdf


• Scrutiny committee urges council chief to reconsider bus link decision [Bucks Free Press: 20th December 2013 By Simon Farr]

A SCRUTINY committee has urged a council chief to reconsider her decision to select a residential road as the preferred route for a bus link. Buckinghamshire County Council's Environment, Transport and Locality Services Select Committee has asked Cllr Mrs Janet Blake to re-evaluate her decision to name Daws Lea as the best route for the link … Read the full article


• Residents group: 'Wycombe is heading for gridlock' [Bucks Free Press: 21st October 2013 By Simon Farr]

COUNCIL chiefs are being urged to improve High Wycombe's infrastructure or stop building grand developments before the town is crippled by gridlock. The Daws Hill Neighbourhood Forum believes the roads are already at peak capacity even before the introduction of incoming large projects … Read the full article


FAQs

What is a Neighbourhood Forum, a Neighbourhood Development Plan, a Neighbourhood Development Order & Neighbourhood Area?

  • A Neighbourhood Forum provides an opportunity to discuss and influence the issues that affect local communities, and NF's can campaign on these issues and make representations to the appropriate organisations of statutory bodies — a way to get your voice heard and to make a difference to your local area.
  • A Neighbourhood Area is the geopgraphical area which we intend to represent — and we recognise that boundaries such as those relating to parliamentary ward or parishes do not always correspond to the perception of the local area as understood by the local community.
  • Neighbourhood forums and parish councils can use new neighbourhood planning powers to establish general planning policies for the development and use of land in a neighbourhood. These are described legally as 'Neighbourhood Development Plans'.
  • In an important change to the planning system, communities can use neighbourhood planning to permit the development they want to see — in full or in outline — without the need for planning applications. These are called 'Neighbourhood Development Orders'.
  • What are these neighbourhood planning powers?
  • Importantly, proposed neighbourhood development plans or orders need to gain the approval of a majority of voters of the neighbourhood area to come into force. If these proposals pass the referendum, the local planning authority is under a legal duty to bring them into force. .