Ickford Neighbourhood Plan – Made

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Ickford np made-adoption decision statement-+

Dear Parish Clerk,

I am pleased to provide you with the Ickford Neighbourhood Plan Decision Statement for the ‘making’ of the Plan. the plan was made by Steve Bambrick Director of Planning and the Environment on 22nd June using his delegated powers but we had to allow for a call in period before we could confirm the decision.

As part of the publicity requirements I would be grateful if you could provide a copy of the Decision Statement at the Parish Office alongside the final version of the Plan and Examiner’s Report.

I would also be grateful if you could publicise the making of the plan on the Parish Council’s website, any local notice boards and in a newsletter where one exists.

Obviously as the plan is now made we need to publish the ‘made’ version – as the plan as made has to be the one taken to referendum all we can really change is the cover text from referendum version to made. I’ve taken the liberty of amending the cover please see attached and if acceptable this will be the version we publish online.

The made plan needs to be made available on your parish website too.

Meanwhile the Buckinghamshire Council Former Aylesbury District Council Ickford Neighbourhood plan page will be updated as soon as possible and I will be notifying all those people who responded to the neighbourhood plan during the regulation 16 consultation and who asked to be informed of the final decision on the plan.

Any questions please let me know.

Kind regards

David Waker
Senior Planner (Policy)
Planning Growth and Sustainability Directorate
Buckinghamshire Council
01494 732267

King George V House, King George V Road, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, HP6 5AW


Ickford village referendum results – Majority votes in Favour

Vision for Ickford Neighbourhood Development Plan

The verification of the Ickford Neighbourhood Plan took place
on Friday 7 May in Phase 2 of the process which commenced
at approximately 1300 hrs.

The count for the INP results took place on
Saturday 8 May from 1630 hrs

The results in favour are shown below.

Ickford Neighbourhood Plan referendum results

Ickford Neighbourhood Plan (INP)

Ickford Neighbourhood Plan (INP)

   INP Basic Conditions Statement

  INP Basic Conditions Statement

   INP Background Evidence Report

INP Background Evidence Report

   INP Consultation Report

  INP Consultation Report

   INP Sustainability Heritage Assessment

  INP Sustainability Heritage Assessment

Well done to everyone, the hard work has paid off!


Local Elections 6th May 2021 – Time for Ickford to Vote

Time for Ickford to Vote!

Thursday 6th May 2021

Most of you will remember that we finished the Ickford Neighbourhood Plan last year, and on 21st May 2020 Buckinghamshire Coucil wrote to us as follows:

‘I am writing to confirm that the Council has made a delegated decision to agree the Ickford neighbourhood plan examiner’s report recommendations, that the plan meets the basic conditions and can proceed to a referendum.
The plan now has significant weight in planning decisions as per Paragraph:
107 Reference ID: 41-107-20200513
of the planning practice guidance’.

As the local elections were cancelled last year, we have had to wait for the opportunity to vote on the plan at a Village referendum. Buckinghamshire Council are now liaising with the planning department to make preparations to hold the referendum on 6th May 2021 alongside the Buckinghamshire
Council/Town and Parish/Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

The plan came out of almost three years of dedicated work, by a team of villagers, and follows a lengthy process of research and canvassing of opinions of you – the villagers of Ickford. In essence, now it is your plan, and will help shape Ickford until 2033.

We need you to support the plan and vote YES for it at the referendum, so it now can be fully adopted.

If you want to review the plan again you will find it on this website or contact either myself or David Connell should you wish to borrow a copy. 

Thanks for your support,
Martin Armitstead

Buckinghamshire council has made a delegated decision to agree the Ickford Neighbourhood Plan

Dear Martin,

I am writing to confirm that the Council has made a delegated decision to agree the Ickford neighbourhood plan examiner’s report recommendations, that the plan meets the basic conditions and can proceed to a referendum. The plan now has significant weight in planning decisions as per Paragraph: 107 Reference ID: 41-107-20200513 of the planning practice guidance.

I am in the process of notifying various officers and councillors of the Council.

The delegated decision will shortly be published on the Council’s website at https://www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/ickford-neighbourhood-plan. Due to Covid 19 there wont be any wider publicity at this time we will come back to do that in the coming months once it is safe to have people inspecting documents in person in their local area and at the council offices.

The next step for the plan itself will be taking a Referendum version of the plan including all the examiners changes to a public vote in Ickford parish. There is no referendum until after 6 May 2021 as per the Government’s position  set out earlier this year on the staging of elections and referendums.

Kind regards,


David Broadley
MRTPI BA (Hons) MTP PGDip (Urban Design) PGCert

Senior Planning Officer (Planning Policy)
Planning and Environment

Buckinghamshire Council
01296 585866


The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP19 8FF

Referendum version of the Ickford Neighbourhood Plan

The Ickford Neighbourhood Plan has now successfully been through Independent Examination, and has been posted on AVDC’s now (Buckinghamshire County – Aylesbury Vale area) website. It would normally proceed straight away to a Referendum with the villagers, and if it were to get a majority vote, would then be formally adopted.

However due to the postponement of elections by HMG, have said no referendums can take place before 6 May 2021 and the referendum version posted on this site is for information only, it is not a consultation.

So what does this mean for Ickford?
In decision-making terms: Where the local planning authority has issued a decision statement (as set out under Regulation 25 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012) detailing its intention to send a neighbourhood plan to referendum, that plan can be given significant weight in decision-making, so far as the plan is material to the application.

Click on image to view the pdf document, or click on the small screen to view online version.

INP Referendum version April 2020   INP Referendum version

April 2020 update

Vision for Ickford Neighbourhood Development Plan

Dear all,

I have just received this letter (below) – it looks as if the earliest we can now have a referendum on the INP will be 6th May 2021 – such a shame after all the hard work that has been done, but then it is out of our hands.

Stay well,
Martin Armitstead

Hello Martin,

There are some important changes to neighbourhood planning that we want to bring to your attention from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG):

  • Regulations linked to the Coronavirus Act 2020 mean that no elections or referendums can take place until 6 May 2021. This includes neighbourhood planning referendums. These provisions will be kept under review and may be amended or revoked in response to changing circumstances.
    MHCLG understands this will be frustrating for communities that have dedicated significant time and effort to the neighbourhood planning process and naturally want their plans to come into force as soon as possible. With this in mind, they have updated current planning guidance to set out that neighbourhood plans awaiting referendums can be given significant weight in decision-making.MHCLG recognises there will be delays in progressing neighbourhood plans due to the social distancing measures currently in place across the UK. The updated planning guidance also provides further advice on the implications for conducting publicity and consultation, and examinations.
  • Grants and technical support will continue to be available to support communities during the next financial year, and Locality’s advice service continues to operate as normal.
  • As set out in the recently published Chief Planner’s newsletter, MHCLG will allow local authorities to make claims for new burdens grants at an earlier point in the neighbourhood planning process.

There are also some COVID-19 FAQ notes for help with your Neighbourhood Plan during this time.

View the COVID-19 FAQ notes

How to plan through COVID-19

To help you understand what you can do to help progress your neighbourhood plan during this time we’ve put together some tips for you.

Some plan making activities will be restricted; however, other plan making activities can continue with a different approach.

How to plan through COVID-19

Thank you and stay safe.

Best wishes,

Francis Shaw
Neighbourhood Planning Programme Manager

33 Corsham Street
N1 6DR

February 2020 update

Vision for Ickford Neighbourhood Development Plan

Regulation 16 Consultation

The consultation period officially commenced on Wednesday 22nd January 2020 and closes on Wednesday 4th March 2020 at 5.15pm.

This is the final opportunity for those who originally commented on the plan to comment further before the plan goes to be externally examined.

After 4th March all comments will be published on the Council website and be sent to an independent examiner to carry out the examination of the plan.

If you would like to see the final documents they will be available in the village shop, in the church, on this website or can be viewed also at the:

Aylesbury Vale District Council website.



January 2020 update

Ickford Neighbourhood Plan Publications

After many months of hard work and community engagement, Ickford Parish Council submitted it’s final version of the Ickford Neighbourhood Development Plan. AVDC as the local authority will undertake a six week publication period to provide an opportunity for all parties to comment on the submitted proposals before the plan goes to examination. The consultation dates for the publication period are Wednesday 22 January 2020 to Wednesday 4 March 2020 closing at 5.15pm.

The Council website page where you can view the submission documents and other information.

December 2019 update

Vision for Ickford Neighbourhood Development Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan and associated support documents have now been submitted to AVDC for their review and for the final round of consultation. Following this, it will be submitted for independent assessment and, once over all these hurdles, will be put forward for a ‘referendum’ within the village. It might be premature to say the end is in sight as there are likely to be further changes due to the second round of consultation and the review, but hopefully after two years of dedication and hard work by the team, this may be the case.

All documents are available for you to read on this website.

September 2019 update

Vision for Ickford Neighbourhood Development Plan

Following a short delay, the Ickford Neighbourhood Plan is now back-on-track

The public enquiry into 42 Worminghall Road and the subsequent possibility of a Judicial Review into the outcome, resulted in almost 3 months delays to progressing the Neighbourhood Plan, due in the main to the impact that this development will have on the settlement boundary and proposed policies.

Now we know that there will not be a review, we can make the required adjustments to the plan, and it is now the intention of the team to have this and the required background evidence and other supporting documents submitted to AVDC by the end of October. This should allow the next 6 week statutory consultation period to be completed, we hope before Christmas, so that final adjustments can be done before the formal independent examination and referendum.

It is a very lengthy and cumbersome process, and we would not be as advanced as we are were it not for the commitment and dedication of the team. 

We will keep publishing updates on the website and in the Ickford Informer.

Martin Armitstead

August 2019 update

Vision for Ickford Neighbourhood Development Plan

Despite the uncertainty created by waiting for the Inspectors’ decision on the Public Inquiry for 42 Worminghall Road, and the impact a decision in favour of this would have on the Neighbourhood plan, we are continuing with the process. The revisions required to go to the next level of consultation and then independent examination are nearly complete, and we remain broadly on track with our timescale.

Martin Armitstead.


Public Consultation Period has ended

Vision for Ickford Neighbourhood Development Plan

Now that the public consultation period has ended, the team has been reviewing the comments received on the draft Neighbourhood Plan. We had some good constructive comments and a lot of support for the Plan. Comments were received from, amongst others, Land & Partners, Pegasus Group on behalf of Cala Homes, AVDC, Bucks County Council, Natural England, River Thame Conservation Trust, and local residents. Where relevant and constructive, these will be incorporated within the NP, and we hope to be able to submit it for formal independent examination within the first two weeks of July.

April 2019 Update – A short reminder to Villagers

Vision for Ickford Neighbourhood Development Plan

Just a short reminder to all Villagers that we are now in the consultation period, so this is the opportunity for all of you to comment on the Draft Ickford Neighbourhood Plan.

You can find the INP and the supportive documents, on this website.

For anyone unable to access the online documents copies are available to borrow from any member of the team, and there are also copies available in the Pavilion, Village Hall, Shop, Church and Rising Sun pub. Comment forms are also available and these can be returned to any team member or left in the collection box within the Village Shop.

Also as a reminder, we will be holding an open day on the Plan on Saturday 11th May, from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm in the Pavilion. Copies of the draft plan and supportive documents and displays will be there as well as members of the team on hand to discuss any thoughts, suggestions or comments you may have. Do come along and met us there.

Martin Armitstead

April 2019 Update – Neighbourhood Plan has now successfully passed AVDC screening

Vision for Ickford Neighbourhood Development Plan

The Ickford Neighbourhood Plan has now successfully passed through screening with AVDC.

We can now commence a period of public consultation in accordance with the 2012 Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations (Regulation 14). The formal consultation will be for a period of six weeks from Monday 8th April to Wednesday 22nd May 2019.

In addition we have publicised the consultation to all the village, both by way of the Ickford Informer, and a post card drop to each household in the parish. This clearly states that copies of the Plan and Comment Form are available in the Church, Pavilion, Rising Sun Public House, Ickford Village Hall, Ickford School and the Village Shop, as well as through contacting any member of the INP group. The shop is a drop off point for any forms if people do not want to do this on line. 

It is hoped that as many people as possible will read the plan and submit comments.

The Draft Plan and accompanying documents are available below.  

Click the image below to read or download the document.
(When open on screen, save to desktop).

Ickford Neighbourhood Plan – Final Draft April 2019

Ickford Neioghbourhood Plan - Final Draft April 2019
downloadable pdf copy of document
Screen View

Ickford Neighbourhood Plan Built Heritage Assessment

downloadable pdf copy of document
Screen View

Ickford Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Report

downloadable pdf copy of document
Screen View

Ickford Neighbourhood Plan Background Evidence Report

downloadable pdf copy of document
Screen View

A draft plan comment form is also available (below), enabling you to make your comments by e-mail to info@visionforickford.co.uk or by letter to any member of the INP committee or a clearly marked box in the village shop. You can also reply via the reply facility within the post on this website.

Ickford Neighbourhood Plan Comment Form

Ickford Neighbourhood Plan Comment Form
downloadable copy of document

On Saturday 11th May from 10am to 3pm we will be holding a drop-in session at the Ickford Pavilion attended by members of the steering group to discuss the plan with you. Whilst no new information will be available, this is your opportunity to comment on this plan.

Following revisions from your comments, the final Plan should be submitted to AVDC in early June.   Examination is likely late Summer and a referendum will be held in Ickford in the Autumn.

February 2019 Update

Vision for Ickford Neighbourhood Development Plan
We are making good progress with the Neighbourhood Plan. Aylesbury Vale have now sent the draft plan for consultation ‘screening’ to English Nature, English Heritage and the Environment Agency and should be completed around middle of March. In the meantime the Plan has been formally adopted by your Parish Council.

The process of formally consulting with villagers and interested parties can shortly begin.

The download of the draft plan can be obtained by clicking here and will also be available in printed form from a member of the team, and at locations around the village.  Click here to see the screen version of the draft plan.

More details will follow, as there will be an ‘open day’ to come and an opportunity to review and discuss it with the team. 

Draft Neighbourhood Plan now produced for ICKFORD

Vision for Ickford Neighbourhood Development Plan

The Draft Neighbourhood Plan for Ickford has now been submitted to AVDC, English Heritage, English Nature and the Environment Agency as part of the statutory consultation process. It sets out the 15 year vision for the Village.
Once comments are received back from the above organisations there will be a full consultation process for Villagers of Ickford to comment on the plan. Also as part of the consultation process, if any local landowner, Parish Council, any village organisation, group or other interested party would like to see and comment on the Neighbourhood Plan, details can be found on below or email us at info@visionforickford.co.uk  to request a copy.


Draft Ickford Neighbourhood Plan
March 2019


Screen view of Draft Ickford Neighbourhood Plan





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November 2018 Update

Vision for Ickford Neighbourhood Development Plan


The team met again this month and good progress on the plan is being made. The aim remains to lodge the draft plan for ‘Scoping’ of the draft policies by AVDC and other statutory consultative bodies, before Christmas.

The group have also identified 17 properties in the Village that are deemed important for visual sightlines and the overall ambiance of the community. These are not ‘listed’ buildings and therefore of regional or national importance, but ones which, should a development be proposed close by, or for example in a neighbouring field, would be afforded additional ‘protection and consideration’ so as to reduce any possible impact thereon. To do this they would have to be included on a local Heritage list. This in no way fetters or obligates the owners in any way, neither does it impose any restrictions or cost on them. We are in the process of discussing this with them.

Thank you,

Martin Armitstead