Corporate plan

Key priority: improving our environment

  • Buckinghamshire has 1,990 miles of publicly maintained carriageway.
  • A total of 3.35 billion vehicle miles were travelled in 2020.
  • There was a 34% reduction in Buckinghamshire’s CO2 emissions (2005 to 2019).
  • A projected 1.3 million people will have visited our country parks in 2021/2022.
  • 51.2% of waste is recycled (2020/2021)
  • There are 2,130 miles of public Rights of Way.
  • Bus passenger numbers have returned to 67.5% of pre-Covid levels.

Buckinghamshire is a beautiful county, and our stunning natural and historic landscape is valued by all. Over a quarter of our county is within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a third is covered by the Metropolitan Green Belt.

Protection of the county’s beautiful countryside, including areas of outstanding natural beauty and green belt will be achieved through the ‘Brown before Green’ principle. We know we must deliver more homes and associated infrastructure for our growing population. By managing growth sensibly and responsibly (including identifying appropriate surplus public sector property and actively developing this for market, affordable housing and key worker housing), we can protect and enhance our natural environment and the benefits it brings. Aylesbury Garden Town is an exciting example: putting green spaces and natural environments at the heart of future development.

We want:

  • to address climate change, improve our environment and create economic opportunities for clean growth
  • to reduce our county’s environmental impact by promoting sustainability and reducing waste
  • to improve air quality and people’s health, by reducing emissions and encouraging green transport options

Working with partners we will:

  • take action to reduce our carbon emissions including planting over 500,000 trees, including 240 trees planted by schools and care homes for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and creation of new woodland
  • facilitate the increased use of electric vehicles (including within our own fleet) and aim to double the number of electric charging points across the county. Encourage recovery and use of the public bus network
  • increase recycling and energy recovery rates and continue to deliver recycling initiatives, including regular Love Food, Hate Waste campaigns through the year
  • enhance and protect our green spaces and high-quality environment, through a zero-tolerance policy towards fly-tipping and litter, a no-nonsense approach to planning enforcement, and taking action on flood prevention
  • encourage ‘green growth’ by promoting well-designed homes and introducing higher, more energy efficient standards for all new developments
  • continue to manage and mitigate the impact of national infrastructure schemes such as HS2 and East West Rail, on Buckinghamshire’s residents, businesses and special environment
  • progress our ambition to be net carbon zero by 2050 (and potentially earlier) by delivering the key actions set out in our Climate Change and Air Quality Strategy