Call for Sites
Buckinghamshire Local Plan - Brownfield Land Call for Sites 2021
The Council are beginning work on the new Buckinghamshire Local Plan (BLP). The Plan will allocate sites for development in the period up to 2040. We are keen to ensure that when new development takes place it is sustainable and makes the best use of available land. In order to reduce the amount of greenfield land that is required for development, we are aiming to identify any potentially suitable sites for all types of housing and commercial development on brownfield land within Buckinghamshire.
According to the Government's definition, a brownfield site is one which:
- is or was occupied by a permanent structure, including the curtilage of the developed land (although it should not be assumed that the whole of the curtilage should be developed) and any associated fixed surface infrastructure
It excludes land that:
- is or was last occupied by agricultural or forestry buildings;
- was developed for minerals extraction or waste disposal by landfill, where provision for restoration has been made
- is in built-up areas such as residential gardens, parks, recreation grounds and allotments; and
- was previously developed but where structural remains have blended into the landscape
The types of site we are looking for include those that were previously used for any kind of employment use and are now vacant or underused, empty retail units, garage sites and similar.
The purpose of this brownfield land call for sites is to help to identify previously developed sites that may have the potential for development and that might ultimately be allocated for development through the BLP. All the sites that are submitted to us through the call for sites process will be technically assessed for their suitability, availability and achievability (including viability) to meet the development needs of the Council. Further information is available in government guidance about Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessments (HELAA).
This call for sites is open from 6th December 2021.
Guidelines for submission
- Please complete a separate submission form for each site
- Please ensure the submitted site meets the criteria for brownfield sites as set out above
- Please include as much information as you can about the site, including your connection to the site - you must also either provide a location map that clearly identifies the site boundary and adjacent land also under your control/ownership or use the web map within this form to identify your land using the drawing tool
- Sites can be put forward by any individual or organisation
- Please do not send in details of sites outside of the Buckinghamshire Council boundary
- There is no need to re-submit a site if it has already been submitted in the first call for sites
- To use this online form you will need to set up an account. This option will be given to you below
Please be aware that any information you submit will be made publicly available by Buckinghamshire Council and will be identifiable by name or organisation, although the Council will redact any signatures and contact details. (Buckinghamshire Council is the data controller for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulations). Please read the privacy notice on our website or request a printed version from us.
If you are in doubt about whether to submit a site or have any other queries, please email the Planning Policy Team on firstname.lastname@example.org or write to us at Planning Policy Team, Call for sites, Buckinghamshire Council, Queen Victoria Road, High Wycombe, HP11 1BB.
Please read the following disclaimer:
- The information collected in this form will be used by Buckinghamshire Council to inform its Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) as part of the preparation of the Buckinghamshire Local Plan. By responding you are accepting that all the information within it will be made available to the public.
- The identification of sites, buildings or areas within any HELAA does not mean that the Council would grant planning permission for development. All planning applications, including those for residential development will be determined in accordance with the development plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise.
- The inclusion of sites within any HELAA does not preclude use or development for other purposes.
- Any boundaries shown are based on information available at the time of the preparation of the survey. They do not represent an absolute area for any future proposals.
- The exclusion of sites from any HELAA does not preclude their development via a planning application.
- Any HELAA will represent an estimate of when sites may come forward for development. It does not mean that applications which come forward at different times will be refused on that basis.
- Any HELAA will use the information available at the time of the study. The Council does not accept liability for any omissions or factual inaccuracies that may be contained within any HELAA. Applicants for planning permission are advised to carry out their own assessments and analysis of any site and not rely on the information within any HELAA.
- Where the site capacity identified in the HELAA is based on the surrounding neighbourhood density, this should not be taken as the level of housing which would be most appropriate for that site. The density of any planning application will be assessed through the normal planning process and any HELAA will not represent an over-riding justification for any density.
- The Council intends any HELAA to be a living document which is subject to review. Therefore, published information may be out-of-date. Further editions of the HELAA may be published and site suitability may be revised.