This survey should take approximately 20 minutes.

Introduction

Your participation is needed as part of a process to make the Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) into Law.  Having a “made” NDP is important to establish Policies that become part of the legal planning framework to safeguard our green spaces, and mitigate some of the impacts of continuing development from infill and backland developments.

The Key Objectives of the NDP are listed below followed by each Policy. Each Policy is worded to show how each Objective is to be achieved. 

Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with each Objective. Please then review each of the Policies that follow and confirm whether you agree or disagree the Policy meets the Objectives.


For further information please contact The Clerk at Wooburn & Bourne End Parish Council, Town Lane, Wooburn, Bucks. HP10 0PS Tel: 01628 522827 Email: clerk@wooburnparish.gov.uk

Comments should be submitted before January 31st 2022.

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* 1. NDP Policies – Housing, Character and Heritage

POLICY WBE/PD1 - HERITAGE ASSETS

Objective: To ensure that all developments, whether new or infill development or extensions, are sympathetic to the existing heritage within the Conservation Areas and the topography of the Parish and that developments address adverse impacts of development as much as possible.

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* 2. Policy: There will be a strong presumption against the loss of buildings in Conservation Areas and also against inappropriate extensions or revisions. 

Development proposals within the Conservation Areas must demonstrate that they have fully considered the significance of the heritage assets within the designated area and have included appropriate measures to conserve and enhance those assets, based on their significance. 

Proposals within the setting of heritage assets must demonstrate conformity with the Development Control Advice for each Conservation Area.

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* 3. Are there any comments you would like to make about the above Policy, WBE/PD1?

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* 4. NDP Policies – Housing, Character and Heritage

POLICY WBE/PD2 – RESIDENTIAL INFILL AND QUALITY DESIGN

Objectives: To ensure that infill, conversion and backland development respects and reflects the character of the area, being similar in footprint, separation, scale, bulk and height to the buildings in the surrounding area and neighbouring properties in particular, as well as the existing street scene; ensuring that safe and attractive residential layouts with green amenities are promoted and development is directed away from flood risk zones 2 and 3.

Make a positive contribution to the character and sense of place of Wooburn and Bourne End's built environment and landscape.

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* 5. Policy: New developments whether for single or multiple dwellings must demonstrate the following considerations:

● Density - proposals that would lead to over-development of a site, or the appearance of cramming, will be resisted. It should be demonstrated that the number of units in any new development is of a similar density to properties in the surrounding area.

● Building line - where the character assessments identify that the prevailing depth of existing dwellings is a feature of the area, then any new development should follow that building line. Similarly, where the street scene is defined by the building line of a row of properties such as terrace or other avenue of houses then any new development should follow that building line.

● Visual separation - new dwellings must have similar spacing between buildings to that commonly found on the street frontage. Where houses are terraced, the new development should normally adjoin the adjacent property or properties. 

● Building height - new buildings should reflect the height of original, existing buildings. Where existing buildings are of a uniform height, new buildings should respect that height.

● Building materials should be in keeping with the character of the area.

● Flood Risk - there should be a general presumption against development in flood risk zones 2 and 3. Where Development is proposed the Developer must demonstrate how the development conforms with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and Local Plan Policy DM39.

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* 6. Are there any comments you would like to make about the above Policy, WBE/PD2?

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* 7. NDP Policies – Housing, Character and Heritage

POLICY WBE/PD3 ACCESS AND LAYOUT OF NEW INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS

Objective: Ensure that new infrastructure developments not only give due consideration to vehicle movements but that they also ensure that sufficient parking and safe ingress and egress are incorporated into the site layout.

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* 8. Policy: New non-residential developments such as (but not limited to) Schools, Medical facilities, new shops or commercial or industrial premises must as a condition of planning approval ensure sufficient parking and adequate ingress and egress for the site its staff, customers, and deliveries. 

Planning applications must provide an explanation of expected peak vehicle movements and a layout drawing of how traffic and parking will be managed consistent with the anticipated use; ideally, layouts for large sites should incorporate a one-way ingress/egress system and drop off zones.

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* 9. Are there any comments you would like to make about the above Policy, WBE/PD3?

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* 10. NDP Policies – Housing, Character and Heritage

POLICY WBE/PD4 - PARKING STANDARDS FOR ALL PLANNING APPLICATIONS FOR NEW DEVELOPMENTS AND EXISTING PROPERTIES [Extract]

Objectives: To ensure that planning applications consider the impact of car ownership, to ensure that any changes to existing properties limit the loss of on-street parking and that new developments plan for adequate on-street and in-curtilage parking to reflect the high level of car ownership in the Parish/Neighbourhood area.

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* 11. Policy:  
1. Number of car parking spaces. The Buckinghamshire Council (BC) Parking Guidance set out in Table 6 Residential car parking standards establishes Wooburn and Bourne End Parish (the Neighbourhood Area) in Zone B. Table 6 (for up to 10 dwellings) for Zone B properties shall apply regardless of the size of development (that is no matter whether a development has more or less than 10 homes).

2. Residential car parking design shall be in accordance with the BC Parking Guidance. Currently paragraph 7.3.1. 

3. Planning applications for garages to be converted to living space or knocked down to be replaced with extensions for living space, must not result in increased on-street parking. A review of the impact of such changes to a property must become a test in planning applications such that design and layout of the conversion and/or extension must ensure that there is no increase of on-street parking.

4. Planning applications for dropped kerbs must demonstrate that there is no net loss of off-street and on-street parking, so that each lost on-street car parking space is replaced by at least one in-curtilage parking space on the property applying for permission to drop a kerb.

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* 12. Are there any comments you would like to make about the above Policy, WBE?PD4?

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* 13. NDP Policies – Housing, Character and Heritage

POLICY WBE/PD5 TRANSPORT ASSESSMENT

Objective: ensure all options are properly considered so that the opportunities the Link Road presents to improve road safety and congestion are addressed in an integrated plan as intended in NPPF paragraphs 104 and 113.

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* 14. Policy: Wooburn & Bourne End Parish Council (WBEPC) has submitted an application for Buckinghamshire Council’s Highways Department to conduct a transport assessment to identify all options, to ensure that all opportunities to improve both safe access to the Hollands Farm site and road safety issues on the road system around the site are addressed as part of an integrated plan for the opportunity the new Hollands Farm Link Road presents. WBEPC will engage with Buckinghamshire Council to establish a long-term plan for road improvements in accordance with recommendations from the Transport Assessment.

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* 15. Are there any comments you would like to make about the above Policy, WBE/PD5?

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* 16. NDP Policies – Environmental and Biodiversity

POLICY WBE/E1

ENVIRONMENTAL AND BIODIVERSITY POLICY FOR WOOBURN AND 
BOURNE END PARISH

Objective: Minimise the Parish Council's environmental impact, enhance and protect biodiversity in the Parish.

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* 17. Policy: Wooburn and Bourne End Parish Council is committed to identifying and complying with all legal and other relevant requirements relating to the environmental impacts of our operations and to the prevention of pollution through the adoption of appropriate controls. We will aim to:

• Continually assess our organisational activities and the impact they have and identify opportunities to minimise these negative impacts

• Monitor and minimise our carbon emissions related to energy use

• Minimise waste through careful and efficient use of materials, promoting reuse and recycling and by encouraging parishioners to reduce waste

• Procure products derived from sustainable resources where possible and favour the use of local suppliers 

• Embed environmental and ethical considerations into the day-to-day operation of the Parish Council and decision making 

• Educate employees and parishioners in good environmental practice

• Promote and protect biodiversity in the Parish.

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* 18. Are there any comments you would like to make about the above Policy, WBE/E1?

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* 19. NDP Policies – Environment & Community

POLICY WBE/A1 - SAFEGUARDING COMMUNITY FACILITIES AND 
PUBLIC HOUSES

Objective: Safeguard our Community Facilities, Pubs and Clubs.

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* 20. Policy: There is a general presumption that the Buckinghamshire Council’s Planning Department will not allow the facilities listed below to be granted a change of use. Should Buckinghamshire Council be minded to approve a change of use, and Wooburn and Bourne End Parish Council objects to the proposed change of use, then this Policy requires that the applicant provides evidence that they have made serious efforts to either continue operations in accordance with the existing class of use or to find new tenants willing to do so.

Community Facilities
CF1 Bourne End Day Care Centre, Wakeman Road
CF2 Bourne End Community Centre, Wakeman Road
CF3 Bourne End Library, Wakeman Road
CF4 Bourne End Scout Headquarters, Furlong Road
CF5 Community Church Hall, The Green, Wooburn Green
CF6 St Dunstan’s Church Hall, Wakeman Road, Bourne End
CF7 St Mark’s Church Hall, Station Road, Bourne End
CF8 St Mary’s Church Hall, Glory Mill Lane, Wooburn
CF9 St Paul’s Church Hall, Town Lane, Wooburn Town
CF10 Sports Pavilion, Wooburn Park - owned by the Parish
CF11 Tennis Club, Wooburn Park – land leased from Parish
CF12 The Warren, Wooburn Park – owned by the Parish
CF13 United Reform Church Hall, Cores End Rd, Bourne End
CF14 Wooburn Club, The Green, Wooburn Green
CF15 Wooburn 1st Scouts Headquarters
CF16 Bourne End Junior Sports Club Ltd., New Road
In Bourne End Academy location.

Pubs and Clubs
The Chequers, Kiln Lane Wooburn
The Garibaldi, Hedsor Rd, Bourne End
Walnut Tree, A4094 Hedsor Rd., Bourne End (Grade II listed)
The Old Bell, A4094 Town Lane, Wooburn (Grade II listed)
Grays Inn (formerly Queen & Albert), The Green, Wooburn
The Red Lion, A4094, Wooburn Green (Grade II listed)
Wooburn Club, The Green, Wooburn Green
The Falcon, Watery Lane, Wooburn

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* 21. Are there any comments you would like to make about the above Policy, WBE/A1?

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* 22. NDP Policies – Environment & Community

POLICY WBE/A2
MAINTAIN SEPARATION BETWEEN SETTLEMENTS IN 
WOOBURN AND BOURNE END PARISH

Objective: Prevent further coalescence of the settlements of Berghers Hill, Wooburn Green, Wooburn Town, Cores End, Bourne End, Upper Bourne End and Hedsor Road & Riversdale.

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* 23. Policy: To maintain the separation between distinctive settlements, no development will be allowed in the Green Infrastructure defined below:

1. Wooburn Green separation from Berghers Hill

2. Wooburn Green separation from Wooburn Town

3. Wooburn Town separation from Cores End

4. Bourne End separation from Upper Bourne End (Hawks Hill, Harvest Hill) 

5. Bourne End separation from Hedsor Road & Riversdale

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* 24. Are there any comments you would like to make about the above Policy, WBE/A2?

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* 25. NDP Policies – Environment & Community

POLICY WBE/A3 – LOCAL GREEN SPACES DESIGNATED IN THIS NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN

This Policy covers the Local Green Spaces Nos. 1 to 19 listed below which are designated with the protections this affords under NPPF, in accordance with the Wooburn and Bourne End Parish Council Audit and Assessment (attached as Appendices 4 and 5).

1 Green areas - Watery Lane north of M40

2 Verges Watery Lane - Boundary Rd to Moorside

3 Wooburn Park - Verge alongside A4094

4 Green areas - Stratford Drive & Du Pre Walk

5 Village Green 112 Slate Meadow

6 Verge Junction of Widmoor & Harvest Hill

7 Branch Lane “Ancient Bridleway”

8 Harvest Hill Open Space - residents maintain

9 Green area at the junction of Hawks Hill and Grassy Lane

10 Green area Millboard Road  

11 Green area Millboard Road & Bridgestone Drive

12 Verges on New Road - Cores End to Academy

13 Green Triangle Cores End Rd/Old Railway Line

14 Verges Cores End Road - Furlong Road to Station Road

15 Verge corner Parade, Wharf Lane at Southbourne Dr

16 Footpath parallel to railway - Station to Thames

17 Verges Marlow Road - Blind Lane to Parish boundary

18 Dinnie’s Riverside Marina

19 Town Fields

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* 26. Are there any Green Spaces you think we might have missed?

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* 27. NDP Policies – Site and Area Specific

Policy WBE/HF1 - DEVELOPMENT BRIEF FOR HOLLANDS FARM

Objective: To ensure that any planning application which does not adhere to the adopted Development Brief is rejected by the Planning Authority.

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* 28. Policy: The Hollands Farm Development Brief has the weight of a Supplementary Planning Document (paragraph 1.1.4 of the Development Brief). Wooburn and Bourne End Parish Council expects planning applications relating to this development will adhere to the objectives, spirit and intent of the Development Brief for Hollands Farm. In particular (although not limited to) adherence to the sections of the development framework covering: 

urban design, 

access and movement, 

green and blue infrastructure (green space including verges, any water element), and 

flood risk. 

These aspirations should be considered as conditional such that any planning applications which fail to meet these aspirations should be rejected. WBEPC will raise any concerns directly with the Case Officer determining any future planning applications for the Hollands Farm site.

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* 29. Are there any comments you would like to make about the above Policy, WBE/HF1?

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* 30. POLICY WBE/HF2 NEW LINK ROAD WIDTH AND BUS SERVICE

Objective: Ensure safe and free flowing traffic along the link road.

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* 31. Policy: To ensure the free flow of traffic along the length of the Link Road the planning application must address all safety issues identified in the transport assessment and Highways Department to ensure:

1. That the road width is sufficient along the length of the Link Road and at both ends at Cores End/Princes Road and at the entrance/exit at Hedsor Road so that two buses or HGVs are able to pass each other on either side of the road in either direction all the way along the link road and at the access points of Princes Road and Hedsor Road.

2. A bus lay-by is incorporated for each bus stop on each side of the road to ensure traffic flow is unimpeded through the Development.

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* 32. Are there any comments you would like to make about the above Policy, WBE/HF2?

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* 33. NDP Policies – Site and Area Specific

POLICY WBE/HH1 - PRESERVING THE CHARACTER OF 
HAWKS HILL AND HARVEST HILL AREA

Objective: Preserve the character of Hawks Hill/Harvest Hill area.

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* 34. Policy: Hawks Hill and Harvest Hill

1) development in the Hawks Hill/Harvest Hill area will not be permitted where it would:   

         a) introduce an urban character to the area through its design, density, layout or location,   

         b) necessitate highway improvements or other changes that would damage or destroy features such as but not limited to trees, hedgerows or banks which contribute to the landscape characteristics of the area,

2) proposals should provide for individually designed buildings set in their own substantial grounds in an informal layout commensurate with the semirural character of the area. Landscaping details should reflect the semi-rural nature of the surroundings and should include indigenous species,   

3) infill or the sub-division of existing plots will not be permitted where this would result in urban forms out of character with the surrounding area.

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* 35. Are there any comments you would like to make about the above Policy, WBE/HH1?

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* 36. NDP Policies – Site and Area Specific

POLICY WBE/SM1  
IMPLEMENTATION OF SLATE MEADOW DEVELOPMENT BRIEF

Objective: Ensure key issues identified during the consultation process and in the Development Brief are addressed as a condition of planning consent.

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* 37. Policy: requires that the Slate Meadow Development Brief is given the weight of a Supplementary Planning Document (in line with the Hollands Farm Development Brief). Wooburn and Bourne End Parish Council (WBEPC) expects planning applications relating to this development will adhere to the objectives, spirit and intent of the Development Brief for Slate Meadow. 
It is vital that Buckinghamshire Council ensures that, in particular (although not limited to), the detailed planning application adheres to the details contained within Sections: 4.2 Development Framework, 4.3 Green Infrastructure and 4.5 Scale: Height and Density is vital. These aspirations should be considered as conditional such that any planning applications which fail to meet these aspirations must be rejected. WBEPC will raise any concerns directly with the Case Officer determining any future planning applications for the Slate Meadow site.

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* 38. Are there any comments you would like to make about the above Policy, WBE/SM1?

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* 39. POLICY WBE/SM2 - SLATE MEADOW SITE ENTRANCE

Explanation and objective: Mitigate the safety risks associated with traffic entering and leaving the site.

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* 40. Policy: The Developer must work with appropriate stakeholders (the School, Highways Authority, Wooburn and Bourne End Parish Council on behalf of local residents) to identify and implement mitigations that address the safety issues related to the Slate Meadow site access.

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* 41. Are there any comments you would like to make about the above Policy, WBE/SM2?

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* 42. POLICY WBE/SM3 - UPGRADE THE PEDESTRIAN CROSSING AND ACCESS TO AND FROM STRATFORD DRIVE TO SIGNAL CONTROLLED TRAFFIC LIGHTS

Objective:  improve road and pedestrian safety at an important junction through traffic light signals.

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* 43. Policy: Wooburn and Bourne End Parish Council will submit an application to the Community Board to request The Highways Authority to conduct a feasibility study to review potential pedestrian and road vehicle safety risks relating to access to and from the Slate Meadow site during the development phase, and after (when it becomes residential) and to consider the installation of: intelligent traffic lights for the Stratford Drive/Brookbank junction and pedestrian crossing; and a box junction to mitigate the impact from the site development traffic and future residential traffic.

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* 44. Are there any comments you would like to make about the above Policy, WBE/SM3?

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