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Have your say on the future of the district

Archived press release

Date Published: 19/06/07

Aylesbury Vale District Council is seeking residents’ views on a development strategy of major importance for the future of the district. Last summer the council asked residents for their opinions on the long-term development of the Vale. H...

Aylesbury Vale District Council is seeking residents’ views on a development strategy of major importance for the future of the district.

Last summer the council asked residents for their opinions on the long-term development of the Vale. Having considered responses from the community, a preferred strategy is now being proposed by council planners for where and how development should occur in the future.

The government requires Aylesbury Vale to expand by more than 20,000 new homes by 2026 and AVDC is putting together a set of new development documents, called the Local Development Framework (LDF), that will help guide and manage growth and change over the next two decades. The Core Strategy and Aylesbury Allocated Sites Development Plan Documents (DPDs) are key parts of the LDF and will set the scene for subsequent planning documents.

The Core Strategy will set out the overall strategy for development in the district up to 2026, including the broad locations for growth across the Vale. Accompanying this strategy will be the Aylesbury Allocated Sites DPDs, which outline the preferred direction of growth for new housing, employment and mixed use development sites in and around Aylesbury, including the town centre.

The long term vision, which has been recommended by officers, involves developing an area of greenfield land to the south of Aylesbury called ‘The Aylesbury Southern Growth Arc’. This will consist of around 9,300 new homes and will stretch from the A41 Aston Clinton Road to the A418 Oxford Road. Planners have also identified Buckingham, Winlsow, Haddenham and Wendover as possible locations for the majority of housing growth that will be required in the rest of the district.

From 19 July, a six week consultation is taking place where planners at the council will be asking local residents for their views on these preferred options. The consultation will include exhibitions in Aylesbury, Buckingham, Haddenham, Stoke Mandeville, Winslow and Wendover – with the consultation documents and response forms available online. Each Development Plan Document has an accompanying sustainability appraisal which explains the basis for choosing the preferred areas, and which can also be commented upon.

This is not the final plan and at this stage the planners do not have the wording of the policies or the boundaries of the sites they are suggesting should be allocated. The ‘preferred options’ stage takes the wide range of issues and options the council consulted on last year and focuses down on the way it believes the district should go forward. The council will then work up the details of these preferred options into policies and identify the precise allocations at Aylesbury before submitting them to government next year.

Councillor Carole Paternoster, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, said: “Comments from members of the public on the options on the table last summer have greatly helped us to determine how best to meet the government’s requirements. The council is working to a fixed timetable, set by the government, and we must now move forward with a recommendation as to where future housing growth should be located.

“Since the last round of consultation, the council has been conducting a range of technical studies and, in light of the evidence, we are now in a position to recommend a preferred direction of growth, which is an arc running around the south of Aylesbury between the A418 and the A41. We are also setting out our preferred options in a number of other policy areas.

“We now need to hear from people living and working in the district about what they think about the preferred options for all the policies we have identified. This is a crucial stage to influence the future of our district, so please have your say!”   

The proposed long term vision for the district is subject to approval by the council’s cabinet on 26 June. If there are any changes to the consultation as a result of the cabinet decision, information will be published on the council’s website and in the local media.

Planning officers will be attending exhibitions throughout the district as follows:
• Aylesbury: 19 to 21 July, Friars Square Shopping Centre
• Buckingham: 24 July, next to community centre, Cornwalls Meadow
• Winslow: 25 July, Market Square
• Stoke Mandeville: 26 July, community centre, Eskdale Road
• Haddenham: 27 July, Banks Park
• Wendover: 28 July, Manor Waste, High Street

All the exhibitions will be open between 10am and 5.30pm, with the exception of Stoke Mandeville which will open between 12 noon and 7pm. All the places and times will be publicised on a flyer which will be distributed to every household in the Vale. The exhibition details will also be publicised in the local newspapers and on local radio stations and the council’s website.

Residents can see the Local Development Framework documents at the council’s customer service centres in Aylesbury, Buckingham and Winslow, or in local libraries. The consultation period runs from 19 July to 30 August. Alternatively, all the documents are available on www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/LDF

If you have any questions about the Local Development Framework consultation, call 01296 585439 or email avldf@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk

 

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01296 585099

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