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Site Allocations 2014 – Do you have any sites for us to consider? 

We are keen to hear if you have any sites that you would like us to consider for redevelopment or reallocation to another use.

This is to inform the Site Allocations document that we are intending to publish for Pre-Submission consultation during late summer 2014. The role of the document is to identify new development opportunities up to 2031 including new allocations for housing, employment, retail, open space, education and community uses. Where appropriate, the Site Allocations document will also make minor changes to the detailed Green Belt boundary and other designations. Please see the Site Allocations 2014 page for more information.

Changes to permitted development rights for household extensions and changes of use

As of 30 May 2013 The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (England) Order 2013 comes into force. This amendment introduces a number of temporary relaxations and/or new procedures for householder extensions, schools, changes of use, extensions to commercial premises, and the removal of prior approval for telecommunications apparatus in conservation areas. For householder 6 and 8 metre extensions, there is a new prior approval procedure using a Householder Prior Approval Form.

Planning fees increase

The Government has recently announced an increase in planning fees with effect from 22 November 2012.

The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) Regulations 2012 can be viewed on 

Details of fees and fee calculator can be viewed on the Government's Planning Portal website 

National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

The National Planning Policy Framework has been published by the Government and came into effect on March 27 2012. The guidance replaces 44 previous Planning Policy Guidance notes (PPG), Planning Policy Statements (PPS), Minerals Planning Guidance (MPG), various ministerial letters to Chief Planning Officers and Circulars 05/2005 and 1/2008.  This is a key part of the Governments reforms to make the planning system less complex and more accessible, to protect the environment and to promote sustainable growth.

Find out more about the NPPF 

Sustainable development

Please see the Sustainable Development page for more information.

High Speed 2 Rail Link

In March 2010 the last Government announced proposals for a new high speed rail link between London and the north, known as HS2. On 20 December the new coalition Government announced its continued support for the previous preferred route, subject to some minor amendments to reduce the impact of the link.

The preferred route of HS2 does not pass through the Borough, although the impact on other parts of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty could be significant.

For more information please go to the Department for Transport website 

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