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Council puts forward new approach to planning

Archived press release

Date Published: 07/06/07

Aylesbury Vale District Council’s cabinet yesterday (5 June) recommended a new approach to how the council decides planning applications. The council is proposing to create a new development control committee to deal with strategic and larg...

Aylesbury Vale District Council’s cabinet yesterday (5 June) recommended a new approach to how the council decides planning applications.

The council is proposing to create a new development control committee to deal with strategic and large scale planning applications across the district. This innovative approach will enable the council to deliver the growth required by the regional planning policies in a more effective way.

Other developments would continue to be determined by the council’s existing development control committee. This will allow the new strategic development control committee more time to consider larger and more significant applications without having an impact on all the other applications that must be dealt with.

The new approach would also speed up the decision making process at development control committee meetings. Strategic planning applications take up a lot of time at these meetings, causing long delays for other applicants. Removing these larger applications from the agenda will allow the development control committee to concentrate on other applications and give these applicants an improved service.

The proposed nine-strong strategic development control committee will consider a range of planning proposals including:
• Applications for 50 or more homes
• Applications involving 3,000 square metres or more of floor space for business development
• Proposals with site-specific allocations in the Local Plan and Local Development Framework
• Applications involving 20 or more homes or 2,000 square metres of non-residential development in Aylesbury town centre
• Other key growth-related developments
 
The new approach has been put forward in response to the government’s growth plans for the district. The government requires Aylesbury Vale to expand by more than 20,000 new homes over the next two decades and AVDC is putting together a Local Development Framework, which will include planning policies and locations for this growth.

Councillor Carole Paternoster, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, said: “These proposals show how the council is responding positively to the challenges of growth in Aylesbury Vale. The new committee will play a vital role in the long-term planning of the district for the next 20 years and beyond, helping to ensure that we get the right developments on the ground. It will be a committee trained specifically to deal with larger planning applications, offering effective solutions to the district’s development needs.”

The proposed changes to the committee arrangements will be considered at a meeting of the full council on 20 June. If the council approves the formation of a strategic development control committee then it is hoped that this new committee will be in operation by September this year.

 

Contact information

Telephone:

01296 585099

Email:

communications@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk