Have your say on the Aylesbury growth options
Archived press release
Date Published: 31/10/08
The council has to deliver about 10,000 new homes around the town between now and 2026
Aylesbury Vale District Council’s consultation about the direction of growth at Aylesbury is now open.
It considers the direction in which the town should grow over the next 20 years and presents three options for your comment. It is also looks at the principles which will guide how these developments take shape.
Last summer, the council set out an option for the future direction of growth and held a public consultation. However, following comments made during the consultation, and in light of further technical evidence, the council’s cabinet requested that other directions of growth should be looked at.
Cabinet members considered a report in April on this further work. From the evidence presented they concluded that the direction of growth is not clear cut, so they asked council officers to look in detail at three different options for the growth of Aylesbury.
The three options are:
• Eastern growth arc (includes land between Watermead and Bierton, land to the north of the canal near Broughton Crossing, and land to the north of Weston Turville between the A41 Aston Clinton Road and the A413 Wendover Road);
• Southern growth arc (includes land between the A418 Oxford Road and the A41 Aston Clinton Road); and
• A combined east and southern growth arc (this is a reduced southern growth arc and also includes land at Broughton Crossing)
From 31 October, a six week consultation is taking place where planners at the council will be asking local residents for their views on these three options. The consultation will include public exhibitions in Aylesbury and the surrounding area.
Councillor Carole Paternoster, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, said: “We have to deliver about 10,000 new homes around the town between now and 2026. We have no choice about this figure – the government has set the number – but we do have a choice about where the growth goes, what it looks like, and what infrastructure should be provided. That is the focus of the consultation.
“We’d like everyone, including people who commented last time, to take a fresh look at the three different growth options. Local knowledge is invaluable. That is why residents’ views are important to us and why we have made every effort to make sure people can comment easily and conveniently.”
The public exhibitions, which will be supported by officers from both AVDC and Buckinghamshire County Council, will be held at the following venues:
• Aylesbury Friars Square Shopping Centre, 1 November, 10am to 5pm
• Bedgrove Park Community Centre, 3 November, 5pm to 9pm
• Walton Court Community Centre, 4 November, 10am to 5pm
• Weston Turville Village Hall, 6 November, 2pm to 8pm
• Stoke Mandeville Community Centre, 7 November, 3pm to 8pm
• Watermead Village Hall, 8 November, 10am to 5pm
• Bierton Jubilee Hall, 13 November, 1pm to 7pm
• Stone Village Hall, 14 November, 3pm to 8pm
The consultation documents will be available at the exhibitions or from the council offices in Aylesbury, Buckingham and Winslow, and from local libraries. You can request copies to be sent to you by post or you can download the full documentation with the questionnaire by following the link below.
The consultation closes on 12 December. All the comments will be taken into account before the council submits its proposals to the government next year. For further information, telephone 01296 585439 or email firstname.lastname@example.org