New blueprint for growth approved by council
Archived press release
Date Published: 07/05/09
The Core Strategy will guide development until 2026
A key planning document that will guide Aylesbury Vale’s development for the best part of 20 years has been approved by AVDC for submission to government.
Councillors gave the thumbs up to the draft Local Development Framework Core Strategy at a special meeting of the council on 6 May.
All local councils must produce a Local Development Framework, which sets out proposals for the homes, offices and shops that must be built to meet local need. Sitting at the heart of the framework is the Core Strategy which proposes new planning policies and how the council will plan for future development up to 2026.
The document identifies the broad locations, scale and type of development and supporting infrastructure that will take place in the district. It also covers community issues such as quality of life, the environment, housing, education, community safety and the economy.
The proposals include:
• Planning for 16,800 new homes within and around Aylesbury, 5,390 to the south-west of Milton Keynes, towards Newton Longville, and 4,700 throughout the rest of the district
• Creating 21,500 new jobs to increase the opportunity to live and work locally
• Seeking affordable housing in all housing schemes in the district
• A comprehensive approach to flood risk and greater use of renewable energy
• Reducing traffic congestion and making sure that future development will be of high quality design
A key part of the strategy is the direction in which Aylesbury should grow over the next 20 years. Councillors chose the eastern growth arc as their preferred option for the allocation of 9,250 new homes around the town.
The eastern arc would see development in three broad areas, one to the north of Bierton between the A413 Buckingham Road and the A418 Wing Road; the second to the south of Bierton, north of the Grand Union canal near Broughton Crossing; and the third to the north of Weston Turville between the A41 Aston Clinton Road and the A413 Wendover Road.
Preparing the Core Strategy has been a major undertaking for AVDC. The document has been developed through a number of consultation phases over the past three years and is founded on a substantial amount of background evidence and research.
Before it is submitted to government, the Core Strategy will be subject to statutory publicity starting in June where residents will be invited to comment on the soundness of the document.
These final comments will be forwarded to the government’s independent inspector who will hold a public examination of the document before making their decision on whether the Core Strategy can be adopted.
John Byrne, Head of Planning Services at AVDC, said: “The Core Strategy is a hugely important document as ultimately it lays out how Aylesbury Vale could look in the next 20 years. Residents, community groups and organisations took a lot of time submitting comments on the draft document and we have made changes to reflect those suggestions where possible. The government inspector will now look at whether the strategy can progress and become the planning policy for the district.”
For further information on the Local Development Framework, access the council’s website, www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/ldf , call 01296 585435 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors:
The government, through the South East Plan, requires Aylesbury Vale District Council to provide for 26,890 new homes by 2026.