Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan – consultation by Aylesbury Vale District Council From 7 July to 5 September, Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) will be consulting on their latest draft of the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP) and are inviting comments from local residents and other interested parties on any aspect of the draft. Scroll down to read more about:
(*) planning officers present from 4pm onwards
Whether or not you are able to visit one of these sessions, you can find out more about the draft VALP – in particular the background to it, and its policies on housing, transport, and environment – on the AVDC website: http://www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/vale-aylesbury-local-plan-draft-plan.
AVDC’s website also explains how you can respond to the consultation exercise and comment on the latest draft of the VALP. This is your opportunity to influence any part of the Plan that is important to you, before it goes in front of the Government’s Planning Inspectorate during Spring 2017. The Parish Council will naturally, in due course, also be responding to the consultation.
Pitstone Parish Council’s views
During June an unapproved draft of the VALP, on which they were intending to consult, was made available by AVDC. They have now published the approved consultation draft. The Parish Council’s views are, similarly, now based on the version of the Plan upon which public consultation is taking place. There have been no material changes to the draft VALP (or to our views) since the pre-consultation version.
The VALP is positive for Pitstone
The Parish Council’s initial view is that the latest draft of the VALP is a positive one for Pitstone. This is particularly so given the high level of support within the village for our own Neighbourhood Plan that 97% of you voted in favour of adopting back in March. The policies of the emerging VALP remain closely aligned with those of our own Plan, which reflects well on both the VALP and the neighbourhood planning process that we recently went through.
In various ways the VALP expressly seeks to achieve the same objectives that you voted in favour of – objectives such as protecting the “areas of special landscape value” south of the immediate centre of our village, and ensuring that sites designated for employment purposes (such as the ‘data hub’ site on Westfield Road) are not given over to additional housing. In addition the VALP strongly resists development in open countryside that is not adjacent to an existing settlement; and it is based on a detailed “land availability assessment” which reaches the same conclusions as our Neighbourhood Plan steering group during 2015, namely that the various greenfield sites which adjoin our village are also unsuitable for housing.
In other respects the VALP supports the policies and objectives of our Neighbourhood Plan in an indirect manner, by leaving numerous detailed “non-strategic” local matters that are consistent with the VALP’s objectives to the neighbourhood plan itself. This means that our NP will continue to be the primary point of reference in respect of matters such as:
- what the VALP is, and why it is important for all of us;
- the consultation exercise that AVDC is carrying out; and
- Pitstone Parish Council’s views on the latest draft of the VALP.
|Monday 11 July||Haddenham||Village Hall Social Centre||11am to 8pm|
|Wednesday 13 July||Buckingham||Community Centre||11am to 8pm|
|Thursday 14 July||Aylesbury||Friars Square Shopping Centre||10am to 5pm|
|Wednesday 27 July||Newton Longville||Village Hall 2 Paradise||10.30am to 7.30pm|
|Thursday 4 August||Wendover||St Anne’s Hall||11am to 8pm|
|Friday 5 August||Aylesbury||Friars Square Shopping Centre||10am to 5pm|
|Monday 8 August||Whaddon||Jubilee Hall||11am(*) to 8pm|
|Wednesday 10 August||Winslow||Public Hall Elmfields Gate||11am to 8pm|
|Thursday 1 September||Weedon||Bucks County Showground||8.30am to 4.30pm|
- the settlement boundary of our village;
- its community facilities;
- the ‘design principles’ to be applied to any new housing that is built in the village; and
- protecting designated “local green spaces” such as the land opposite The Crescent;
- Housing targets in the VALP are no longer expressed as a fixed number (the previous draft, dated October 2015, specified 100 new homes for every “larger village” such as Pitstone) but, instead, on the basis of a percentage uplift to current housing numbers in any particular village.
- 12,000 of AVDC’s total of 33,000 new homes are required because of “unsatisfied need” in other Districts: in other words AVDC’s target, which would otherwise be just 21,000 new houses, is being increased by more than 50% because other nearby District Councils (such as High Wycombe) are building fewer new homes than they should be.