Buckingham town residents are invited to join a consultation event for an open opportunity to choose from four different scenarios and determine the town’s future. According to the Bucks Herald, the event marks the beginning of a Buckingham Future Scenarios Consultation with Buckingham residents. Future scenarios are not a suggested Neighbourhood Plan or policy, but starting points for discussion about Buckingham’s possible future, based on months of research about Buckingham and how it might develop over the next twenty years.
The consultation will ask local people where they think the development of new housing in Buckingham should take place e.g., do you think using brownfield sites alone is sufficient for the town’s needs – both residential and delivery of infrastructure? If not, should new development be to the West, South, or East of town? Where large developments will trigger the creation of a new facility – for example, a school or road, where should these be placed?
Cllr. Anja Schaefer, Mayor of Buckingham, said: “The scenarios consultation is part of a process that involves you, the people of Buckingham, at the early stages of the new neighbourhood plan development. I hope that many of you will come to the launch to find out what it’s all about.”
These are not yet suggested plans or policies but starting points for discussion and debate. The group has created these by evaluating available brownfield sites for development in Buckingham; then all the land submitted to Buckinghamshire Council’s call for sites for the Local Plan; finally grouping these into potential settlement areas to produce each “scenario”.
The public scenario consultation will run from 25th November – 18th December The best way to take part in the consultation is to visit the event at Buckingham Community centre this Saturday 25th November, between 10 – 2pm. You will be met by one of the Neighbourhood Plan Working Group team, who can answer any questions you might have and give paper or digital copies of the consultation form to fill in.
An online version of the consultation form will also be available on the Town Council website from the 25th November.