Please find attached a leaflet that is currently being printed and will shortly be distributed to every home in Pitstone by Pitstone Parish Council.
It shows you all the sites that landowners have put forward for residential development over the next 5 years, and more worryingly the ones that could potentially be subject to speculative development such as the Gladman application that recently hit Ivinghoe.
As Aylesbury Vale District Council won’t have their new Local Plan signed off until 2017 at the earliest, the only way to obtain any security for our village is by producing a Neighbourhood Development Plan, which would carry as much weight and provide tangible grounds for AVDC to refuse planning permissions.
The parish council is prepared to find the necessary funding of £10-15,000 to prepare such a plan. However, the work involved has to be a joint effort between the community and the parish council. Therefore, if you want to make your voice heard, we need you to come forward and volunteer to join the Steering Committee. The plan would need to include any impact on education, any additional community facilities that we need, what new infrastructure is required etc.
If we get enough volunteers come forward to make the project viable, there will be some initial work between the Steering Group, Community Impact Bucks, RCOH and Aylesbury Vale District Council. Then we would be able to hold open meetings for the whole community.
Without resident volunteers coming forward to support this initiative, we will be unable to produce a Neighbourhood Plan. This will mean that the community & council has very little power to fight any speculative or other planning applications.
Please take the time to read the attached leaflet and volunteer to help us protect and shape our parish.