Local development scheme

The Buckinghamshire Local Development Scheme (LDS) sets out our work for the main planning policy documents we aim to prepare over the next 3 years.

These documents form part of the development plan for Buckinghamshire.

The LDS explains:

  • what local plans we will work on
  • what will be in the plans and where they will apply
  • how long it will take us to prepare the plans
  • what kind of plans they are

The current LDS covers the period 2020 to 2023. Over the past 2 years,we have:

  • adopted the Vale of Aylesbury Plan
  • made a number of Neighbourhood Plans
  • adopted a number of Supplementary Planning Documents.

We have begun work on the Local Plan for Buckinghamshire and we are required to keep the LDS up to date. Until the government’s proposed reforms to the planning system have been finalised and put in place, we have set out an update to the timescales for each of stages we are working to below:

Timescales for local plan production
Local plan stage Timescale
Vision and Objectives Consultation June 2023
Growth Scenarios Early Summer 2024
Plan Shaping October 2024 to April 2025
Plan preparation April 2025 to April 2026
Publication and Submission January 2026 to August 2026
Examination 2026
Adoption 2027

Contact the Planning Policy Team