|Aylesbury Vale District Council is asking local residents, businesses and community groups to have a voice in the future of housing, jobs and key policies, as consultation on the next stage of the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP) gets underway.
Following approval by councillors, a document setting out the issues and options for the VALP has been produced and is available to view at www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/valp. Residents now have until 4 December to view this document and give their views and ideas on what the plan should achieve, how new homes and jobs should be distributed, and what new policies could be introduced to manage development between now and 2033.
Councillor Carole Paternoster, Cabinet Member for Growth Strategy, said: “We need to build another 31,000 new homes in Aylesbury Vale by 2033 and the new Local Plan will provide the framework for how the Vale will grow and develop to accommodate this. It is really important that people take this opportunity to get involved by letting us know what they think about the different options we have identified and by raising any issues they feel need addressing.”
The Local Plan, which is still in its early stages will, once finalised, provide firm guidance on how planning applications should be considered and say where new development should or should not take place. This is the second public consultation stage in the new Local Plan’s preparation and it includes nine potential options for distributing new development.
The options include developing urban extensions at Milton Keynes/Bletchley; using land more efficiently by raising the average density of new development; creating a whole new settlement somewhere in the Vale; and a combination of these.
A series of public exhibitions where planning officers will be available to explain the options and answer any questions will be held on:
Monday 2 November 11am – 8pm, Villiers Hotel, Buckingham
Thursday 5 November 11- 8pm, The Bell Hotel, Winslow
Tuesday 10 November 11am – 8pm, Friars Square Shopping Centre, Aylesbury
Wednesday 11 November 1.30pm – 9.30pm, Haddenham Village Hall
People can also view the consultation and give feedback via our website www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/valp. The responses received will inform the development of a draft local plan. There will be two further consultation periods prior to the Local Plan being considered at a public examination in 2017.