The NPPF provides a national framework for Councils to produce their own Local Plans, which reflect the needs and priorities of their communities, with a strong emphasis on the delivery of sustainable development.
The Government is committed to building a record number of new homes which is also recognised in the recent Housing White Paper, Fixing our Broken Housing Market, which was published on 7th February 2017. The Housing White Paper seeks to encourage small to medium size sites such as this to encourage a diversity of house builders and recognises these sites offer added flexibility to housing supply, due to inevitable delays to large scale urban extensions.
A Local Plan sets out local planning policies and identifies how land is used and determining what will be built where.
Wycombe District Council formally adopted their new Local Plan on 19 August 2019 after an extensive preparation and consultation process. The Local Plan sets out the long term vision for the District identifying where new homes, jobs and infrastructure (e.g. transport, schools, open spaces) will be created and how we will protect our special environment.
Within the Local Plan, Hollands Farm forms part of a wider allocation in Bourne End which is removed from the Green Belt and allocated for residential purposes through Policy BE2. Within the wider allocation, the site will deliver new homes, including affordable homes to help meet local housing need and deliver a new primary school and link road.
The Buckinghamshire Green Belt Assessment (BGBA) was undertaken in March 2016 and identified Hollands Farm as suitable for removal from the Green Belt by the Council. The overall findings of the BGBA states:
“Site is weak in Green Belt terms and capable of delivering housing. Site should be removed from the Green Belt.”
In Wycombe, 71% of the district is within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and nearly half (48%) of the District is designated Green Belt. Wycombe District Council have identified a combination of factors that constitute the exceptional circumstances that require the Council to amend its Green Belt boundaries.