A South Bucks town has applied to become a neighbourhood area – which, if approved, will give residents a chance to have their say on future housing developments.

Gerrards Cross town council applied to designate the entire parish of Gerrards Cross as a neighbourhood area on June 28.

South Bucks District Council is now asking residents what they think of the idea and will open a consultation on July 28.

After the deadline on August 26, SBDC will make a decision on whether to allow the application.

If the Gerrards Cross Neighbourhood Area is allowed, the town council will be able to create a Neighbourhood Plan, which (if made) will be used to decide planning applications in the Parish area.

Chris Brown, town council chairman, said: "Gerrards Cross Town Council believes it is appropriate that the town is designated as a Neighbourhood Area in order to ensure the future development within the area is in-keeping with the views and aspirations of the residents."

South Bucks District Councillor Nick Naylor, Portfolio Holder for Sustainable Development, added: “This is a great opportunity for residents to have a say on potential future developments in their local community.”

Details of the application and how to submit comments are available on South Bucks District Council website at www.southbucks.gov.uk/planning/gerrardscross.

Contact the Planning Policy Team at ldf@southbucks.gov.uk or call on 01895 837339 with any questions.