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About Wycombe District Council

Wycombe District Council is the fourth largest district council in the country. With a gross expenditure of £81million for 2016/17 and a workforce of 300, we're working hard to deliver quality services to over 174,000 residents, ensure economic growth for our start-ups right through to our long-established businesses and provide leisure and cultural opportunities for everyone to enjoy. We are managing future substantial housing growth through our Local Plan process and very much look forward to the district’s expansion.

We are an ambitious council - forward-thinking, innovative and creative and never afraid to punch above our weight. Like many local authorities, there are challenges on the horizon, but our strategy is one about growth for the district. By delivering major regeneration projects using our assets and investing resources in a way that generates growth and jobs for the district, we’re creating new annual revenue streams to contribute towards our projected financial shortfall. Successful partnership working is the key to our excellent progress.

We have an impressive track record of town centre regeneration. We’re particularly proud of our £0.5bn regeneration programme which includes:

  • a regional shopping centre Eden retail, leisure and housing offer;
  • the commercial development of the Handy Cross interchange on the M40;
  • a range of housing development projects on Council owned sites;
  • the development of new managed workspace and incubator units for start-up businesses;
  • plans for mixed use development of the Eastern Quarter around High Wycombe station, and
  • proposals for development around Wycombe Air Park.

Our future is a bright one and we are determined to ensure that our district continues to prosper and be the place where people want to live, work and visit.

About the Wycombe district

Halfway between London and Oxford, we’re a district of contrasts. Outstanding countryside, much of it designated AONB, is the backdrop to thriving towns. Culturally diverse, with some pockets of deprivation, we’re enriched by many different communities adding to the fabric of our local society.

High Wycombe has a bustling town centre, popular regional theatre, shopping, entertainment and leisure offers, which is complemented by the colourful and vibrant market towns of Marlow on the River Thames and Princes Risborough bordering the Chiltern Hills. Quintessential English villages and hamlets, each with a charm and character of their own, can be found in between the district's three larger towns.

We’re a well-connected place for business, thanks to our location in the Thames Valley and our transport links to London, Birmingham and Heathrow. The district is an excellent place for existing businesses to prosper, endorsed by major companies who have their headquarters here. Historically the area was the centre of Britain's furniture industry. While that continues today, other employment sectors have since emerged and grown and the district is one of the most entrepreneurial places in the country.

The education and learning provision within the district is excellent. A state education service where pupils regularly achieve well above the national average at all levels is complemented by esteemed further and higher education establishments and a highly regarded university.

The Wycombe district has much to offer and is a fantastic place to live, work, visit and explore.

Find out more about Wycombe District Council and the area, including information about our corporate plan, our management structure, our budget and performance at www.wycombe.gov.uk

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