Stewkley neighbourhood plan

The Stewkley neighbourhood plan was "made" (adopted) by Buckinghamshire Council on 2 December 2021. 

You can view the "made" plan and our decision statement for making the plan below:


A referendum was held on Thursday 14 October 2021.

People in the parish of Stewkley who are registered to vote were able to take part in the referendum. 90.3% voted yes, showing overwhelming support for the proposed neighbourhood plan being "made".

View the documents below for more information. 

Stewkley neighbourhood plan examination

With the agreement of the Stewkley Parish Council, Mr Andrew S Freeman BSc (Hons) DipTP DipEM FRTPI was appointed to examine the plan. In accordance with Regulation 17 of The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, the submitted plan and all relevant documentation was made available to the examiner.

View the government guidance on the examination (GOV.UK).

Examiner's report

Buckinghamshire Council accepted the examiner's report and the neighbourhood plan proceeded to a referendum on 14 October 2021.

Examiner procedural matters and questions

The Regulation 16 consultation

The consultation period has now closed.

In December 2015, Stewkley Parish Council began the process of creating a neighbourhood development plan (also known as a neighbourhood plan). In the spring of 2016, Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) carried out a public consultation to define the Stewkley neighbourhood area for the plan. The area covers the whole of Stewkley Parish Council area and this was approved by AVDC on 4 May 2016.

The parish council completed a period of local community engagement on their plan and submitted the final version to us. We undertook a 6-week public consultation on the submitted plan. The consultation period opened on 9 November 2020 and closed on 20 December 2020.This was an opportunity for local people to comment on it before the plan goes to independent examination.

The Stewkley plan includes policies that look to shape local development as well as making some housing allocations. It has a design focus and designates some areas of local green space. View the documents and links at the end of the page for more information.

Regulation 16 consultation responses

Neighbourhood plan submission documents