We balance the need for new development in Buckinghamshire with the protection and enhancement of its environment and quality of life. Our strategic planning extends to all levels of UK spatial planning: national, regional, sub-regional and local.
At the national level, we seek to influence the content of new planning legislation, circulars, guidance and other material prepared by Central Government and its agencies. One of the main ways in which we do this is by responding to consultations initiated by the Department for Communities & Local Government (DCLG).
At the regional level, as a principal authority we are heavily involved in the preparation, monitoring and review of The South East Plan, which sets out an overarching framework for development in the region and provides the context for more detailed plans and proposals at the local level.
Sub-regionally we are key players in the Milton Keynes & South Midlands Growth Area, within which the county town of Aylesbury is identified for major long-term expansion.
Locally, we are responsible for minerals and waste planning in Buckinghamshire while we also co-ordinate our input to the Local Development Frameworks (LDFs) prepared by the district councils.