AVLDF Core Strategy
Secretary of State's direction to withdraw core strategy – effective from 5th October 2010
On 5th October AVDC was given direction from the Secretary of State to withdraw its core strategy. This takes place with immediate effect. A copy of the letter can be downloaded below.
Following the resolution at a meeting of full council on 8th September 2010, the council requested the Secretary of State’s direction to withdraw the submitted Aylesbury Vale District Core Strategy (2009) from the examination process under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 section 22 (2) (b) and implement all necessary actions under the appropriate parts of the regulations. Now that the direction has been received the necessary actions are in the process of being implemented.
On 8th September the Council also resolved to withdraw the Aylesbury Growth Arc Masterplan & Delivery Supplementary Planning Document (2010) and Salden Chase Masterplan & Delivery Supplementary Planning Document (2010) on receipt of the direction from the Secretary of State. Their withdrawal also takes place with immediate effect. The report and recommendations from the 8th September meeting can be downloaded on the following page: Committee Minutes and Agendas.
The council made its decision to withdraw the core strategy, which was subject to examination, in light of the major changes that the coalition government has made to the planning system. On 6th July 2010 the Secretary of State withdrew all Regional Spatial Strategies (RSS) from the planning policy framework. The RSS for Aylesbury Vale was the South East Plan (SEP) and within this, housing targets were set. Following its withdrawal, this meant housing targets (as contained in SEP), were no longer valid and as such did not form part of the planning policy framework.
However, the decision by government to withdraw the RSS has been legally challenged by Cala Homes property developers and on 10 November 2010, a High Court decision concluded that the Secretary of State did not have the power to withdraw all RSS's. This means the SEP has now been restored and once again forms part of the planning policy framework.
For more information on how we are moving forward following the withdrawal of the core strategy, please see the Planning and Building home page.
It should be noted that much of the information and work that has underpinned the core strategy will be able to be used in future work, although updating will be necessary for some elements.
The regulations require the Council to remove all copies of the withdrawn documents and all their associated documents (including all statements, and representations) from our website and public locations. The published Local Development Framework documents now consist of the following:
• Local Development Scheme (October 2009)
• Statement of Community Involvement (October 2006)
• Conservation Area’s SPD – Consultation Draft (January 2010)
• Annual Monitoring Report (November 2009)
• Document’s that comprise the Aylesbury Vale Local Development Framework Evidence Base.
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Secretary of State letter dated 5th October 2010
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