On 12th January 2023, residents of the Ivers were asked to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on the question ‘Do you want Buckinghamshire Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for The Ivers to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’
1,246 votes were cast by the electorate of which 1,077 voted ‘yes’ and 169 voted ‘no’ meaning that the Plan is now adopted or, as it’s officially called, ‘made’.
The Neighbourhood Plan is an official planning document published by the Ivers Parish Council and, having gone through consultation with the community, sets out a vision for the Ivers Parish until 2040. It is designed to establish general planning policies for the development and use of land in the neighbourhood area, i.e. within our parish.
Having a Neighbourhood Plan does offer us a new level of protection against unwanted development. However, it doesn’t cover all development, for example the expansion of Pinewood Studios because this is considered of national importance and therefore outside the scope of the Plan. We will continue to work with the Parish Council and other residents’ associations within the parish to protect our Green Belt and Green Spaces in line with the wishes of the community.
What is IHRA doing about it?
Members of the IHRA committee have been part of the neighbourhood planning process with the Ivers Parish Council throughout. We submitted our comments at the Informal Consultation phase but will be making further representations as part of this Regulation 14 Consultation, which we will circulate to members soon.
If you need any assistance, please contact us or get in touch with the Ivers Parish Council.