The Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan rejected

The Planning Inspectorate dismissed the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP) submitted by Aylesbury Vale District Council on two main grounds:
a)   Insufficient co-operation and collaboration with neighbouring councils
b)   Insufficient housing growth to accommodate the districts own requirements or a share of housing needs that neighbouring councils may not be able to supply

They concluded that it was “not justified or effective and it is not consistent with national policy”.  AVDC has been forced to withdraw the plan and the further hearings sessions scheduled have been cancelled.

The VALP had provided for significant less housing growth than that previously specified within the original plan to central government targets.  The VALP required the villages to accommodate an additional 50 properties each.  In Pitstone’s case, this is on top of those already in the plan for the Pitstone Development Area outlined in 2005.    In light of the Planning Inspectorate report, AVDC are expected to increase the housing requirement when they produce the revised version of the Vale of Aylesbury Plan, and this has been confirmed verbally but not yet in writing.

The official planning position from AVDC is that it will continue to use the saved Local Plan as a basis for deciding planning applications.    Verbally, they have acknowledged that whilst some areas of the Local Plan match the National Planning Policy Framework, other aspects are not as aligned and may be given ‘less weight’ during considerations.   The extent of this decision is as yet unknown and unspecified.   However, it could pose a threat to several parcels of land within the village that have previously been protected under the RA14 restrictions.

Parish Council submission to AVDC re Rushendon Furlong application

For the benefit of the residents that were unable to attend the parish council meeting last night, please find below a copy of the submission Pitstone Parish Council has sent to AVDC regarding the outline planning application for 40 residential dwellings off Rushendon Furlong (13/03491/AOP).

The parish council has based its deliberations on the latest stated position from AVDC in the 29/1/14 Bulletin that “the Adopted District Local Plan 2004 remains the development plan for assessing planning applications in the district until it is replaced by the Vale of Aylesbury Plan”.

Therefore, the parish council has resolved to oppose this application as it would be in breach of GP14 of the Local Plan, namely that it:

  • is only developed on 2 sides
  • would encroach into open countryside / cause a loss of countryside
  • is not infill or small scale rounding of less than 5 units

There are also significant concerns, for both the local residents and the parish council, surrounding highways/paths:

  • the Transport Statement provided would appear to be misleading and not reflect the true nature of Rushendon Furlong / Marsworth Road
  • due to the proximity of the local primary school, there is a concern for the safety of children both crossing Rushendon Furlong or travelling along the re-routed section of footpath which would snake through residential roads
  • the layout of linear parking provision for some of the properties within the development would not encourage use
  • there is no public bus service to the nearest train station 

We note that the AVDC Biodiversity department had not tendered comments prior to our parish council meeting but would urge AVDC to ensure sufficient consideration be given to the loss of habitat and protection of biodiversity. 

The parish council note the requirements of the Buckingham and River Ouzel Internal Drainage Board relating to surface water drainage and urge AVDC to undertake sufficient investigation into the sewerage capacity.

Youth Cafe Newsletter

Please find attached the newsletter for January 2014.  Key points include:

  • pizza making session on Wednesday 5 February – please bring £1 to cover costs if you wish to take part
  • mobile skate park 19/2/14 1-4pm at Pitstone Memorial Hall
  • a reminder about registration, £1 admission charge, opening times etc
  • an appeal for your support

Make a difference, spread the word and not the poo

Do you have a problem with dog fouling outside your property?   Apply to the parish council for one of our new stickers:

Your community says please pick up sticker

These waterproof 11cm square self adhesive stickers can be affixed to fences, windows and gate posts.

The parish council continually receives complaints about residents that allow their dogs to foul our footpaths and permissive paths, especially along Marsworth Road, Vicarage Road, Queen Street and all the permissive footpaths by Pitstone Windmill.

The parish council already provides 14 dog bins around the village, which have more than enough capacity to contain all the deposits from the canine population.

The AVDC dog warden is able to impose a fine if an identified dog is known to have fouled the footpath.

Together we can help clean up our neighbourhood.   Help us spread the word that dog fouling on our paths will not be tolerated.  If you would like one of these stickers, please contact the parish clerk (

Planning Applications for Consideration

The parish council is being asked to consider the following planning applications by AVDC ahead of our next parish council meeting.   Neighbours of these properties have been notified by our neighbour notification scheme.   Further details of these planning applications can be found on the AVDC web site.  Should anyone have any comments they wish to submit to AVDC, this can be done via their website.   Should you wish your comments to be taken into consideration by the parish council when we submit our response, please notify Cllr R Saintey or the parish clerk by noon on Thursday 12 December 2013.


5 Church Road, 13/02448/APP – removal of existing attached garage and replacement with two storey side and rear extension and front porch canopy

1 Cheyne Close, 13/03276/APP – removal of existing rear single storey extension and replacement with part single storey part two-storey rear extension, first floor side extension and pitched roof over existing single storey side extension

Applestore, Cheddington Road, 13/03163/ALB & 13/03272/APP – installation of a twin wall flue system

The Laurels, Old Farm, 13/03346/APP – demolition of existing garage and greenhouse. 
Replacement with detached garage and hobby/fitness room and home office with two rooflights to front and one rooflight to rear

Who will you nominate for Volunteer of the Year?

You are now able to submit your nominations for the Pitstone Volunteer of the Year, so if you know of someone that it giving up their time and making a difference to the lives of the people in Pitstone, then please let us know.    As well as being an opportunity for you and the parish council to thank them in public, they may win a £50.00 award, framed certificate and entry into the AVDC Volunteer of the Year award.

Please email or write to the parish clerk on: or at 9 Warwick Road, Pitstone, Beds, LU7 9FE providing the full name of the person you wish to nominate and the reasons why you think they deserve to win.   All submissions must be received by the end of January 2014.

Thank you.

Was your teenager on the recreation ground on Friday night?

We are sorry to have to report that a group of teenagers chose to deliberately smash numerous glass bottles on the recreation ground, by the youth shelter, the children’s play facilities and by the social club / memorial hall on Friday night.   Their thoughtless actions left our community facility unsafe and a team of dedicated volunteers spent much time on Saturday morning clearing it all up so that the children and adults playing football, those using the kids play area and those walking their dogs could do so without risk of injury.  The parish council would like to extend their sincere thanks to all those volunteers.

If your child / teenager was hanging out with their mates on the recreation ground on Friday night we hope they are thoroughly ashamed.

Unfortunately, whilst this is probably the worst incident of the summer, it isn’t the first.  Rubbish has been dumped anywhere except in the bin, labels have been stuck all over the youth shelter and the youngsters keep trying to set light to the rear panel.

Heritage Day & Emergency Services Open Day Waddesdon 14/9/13

The Waddesdon Neighbourhood Policing team is organising its annual Emergency Services Open day to coincide with Heritage Day.

The event will take place on Saturday 14 September and will run between
10am and 3pm in front of Waddesdon Manor on the High Street.  The neighbourhood policing team will be accompanied by the Fire, Ambulance and other emergency services.   As it is the Heritage Day, there will be free entry for members of the public to the Waddesdon Manor and surrounding grounds. PCSO Denise Grayburn said: “The neighbourhood officers will be out and about, offering crime prevention advice and raising awareness of how people can
sign up to the two-way communication system – Thames Valley Alert.

“On the day we will be supported by two horses from the Milton Keynes
Mounted section. We encourage members of the local community to attend
this free event and this will be a great opportunity to meet your local
neighbourhood officers for a chat about any concerns you may have.

“We will be located in front of the manor, so you can’t miss us. We
anticipate this will be very a successful event, with a huge turnout

The portable skate park will be at youth cafe 11/9/13

The youth café re-opens for all senior school aged children on Wednesday 11 September from 6.30-8.00pm held at Brookmead school.   Admittance £1.

This week, the portable skate park will be at the café so bring your bikes, skateboards or scooter PLUS your helmet, or you wont be able to ride.

Certificate of Merit awarded in Best Kept Village Competition

Pitstone has been awarded a Certificate of Merit in the Buckinghamshire Best Kept Village Competition 2013 for achieving a highly commended grade in the Defraine Cup.

Our thanks go to the village litter pickers, grass cutters and ground keepers along with all the residents that contribute to keeping our village looking well kept, clean and tidy.


Laurie Eagling, Clerk to the Council

Act now to save Pitstone Youth Cafe

Our Youth Café aims to provide young people with a safe place they can meet their friends (especially as many go to different senior schools), enjoy themselves and learn new skills.  It has been a great success.

Pitstone Parish Council has funded the project for the last two years and employs trained leaders to run the Café.  Councillors are also bolstering the volunteer numbers each week.  We have over 200 youngsters on our database and each week you will find between 30 and 60 young people at the café.  We are sure you will appreciate that we can’t operate with this many children without a significant number of volunteers on site as well to ensure their safety and help provide a stimulating environment.

We are exceedingly grateful to all our volunteers, most of whom don’t even have children that attend the café but continue to give up their time as they value your child’s development within our community.  Unfortunately, many now need to step down due to other commitments and for the youth café to be sustainable we need more parent volunteers.  We need people to serve refreshments from the tuck shop, join in activities, teach the children new skills, play games/table tennis/snooker/pool and/or help sign people in and out.  The children respond more positively when adults they know are on site.

If you aren’t available to attend on the night because you have other children or work, we still need help on the management committee – organising the rota, fundraising and helping decide what works/what doesn’t at the café for your children so that we can adapt accordingly.

Over the next couple of weeks please: phone: 01296 660791 or Email: and volunteer to help in whatever way you can.

 At the moment, there are insufficient volunteers to enable the café to open again in September and if the committee isn’t up and running/the volunteer issue solved by the October half term, then the café will be forced to close due to insufficient parental support.

If all parents help just a little bit, your child will be able to continue enjoying the café every single week.   Please don’t let all the good work go to waste and help us continue to provide this vital service for our young people.  Thank you for your help.

Play space planning application is now live

The planning application for the new play space on the recreation ground is now live.   Aylesbury Vale District Council is inviting any comments before 19 July 2013.

You can find full details of the application, design reasons, equipment, access, inclusivity, materials and other considerations on the AVDC web site by searching the planning portable for application reference 13/01436/APP, via the following link:


Your new play space is revealed !

The parish council is delighted to be able to reveal the winning play space design, developed over a number of months and taking on board all the feedback both the children and parents gave us at the consultation sessions, as well as input from RoSPA and Aylesbury Vale District Council.   We are sure that you will be delighted – even RoSPA tell us that “the new play space certainly has the “WOW” factor”!

Please click on the link to read all about it and see the fab design – we hope you will be as excited as we are.   The planning application is being submitted this week, so hopefully we will be able to install it this autumn.   Bigger, full colour illustrations, will be appearing on the parish council noticeboards shortly.

Forthcoming Youth Cafe Activities

Coming up during the course of this term, you’ll find table tennis competitions, superhero craft activities, a jewellery workshop, digital photography workshops, good food for kids, a visit from the sports cage and the portable skate park, baking, outside games and a BBQ.

If you’re already at senior school we look forward to seeing you at youth café on a Wednesday evening from 6.30-8.00pm during term time.   If you are currently in year 6, we’ll be running some ‘taster’ sessions for you in July, so watch this space.

Latest edition of PPP out now

All households in Pitstone should now have received their copy of the Pitstone Parish Post spring edition.   This includes updates on:

  • This years Volunteer of the Year – Joe Marling
  • Further education survey for Pitstone
  • Updates on the new play space and skate park
  • Update on the land surrounding the recreation ground
  • Details of our mVAS scheme
  • Information about Castlemead bus shelter delays
  • Information about dog fouling and requirements to micro-chip your dog
  • Highway improvements coming soon
  • The foot/cycle path to Tring station
  • The annual parish assembly on 21 May 2013 and
  • Party in the Park on Saturday 13 July 2013

An electronic copy can be accessed here issue 97 main body