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.


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