Help available for councils to consult residents on future growth
Archived press release
Date Published: 28/07/11
Local communities in Aylesbury Vale are getting a supportive boost to help shape future development in their area.
Aylesbury Vale District Council has secured a small pot of funding from the Planning Advisory Service (PAS) to help town and parish councils to engage with residents on key planning policy issues in their community.
Through parish and town councils, residents are being asked for their views on how much housing and employment opportunities should be included in their community and what types of infrastructure are needed to enable this development to happen.
The responses to these questions will be fed in to the council’s work on the Vale of Aylesbury Plan, an emerging planning policy document which will set out the development of the district up to 2031. It’s being produced in line with the government’s approach of devolving power to communities by giving them more influence over housing and planning decisions.
Town and parish councils are being invited to undergo a short and simple bidding process for the community engagement funding. The councils will be asked to outline what they need the funding for, how much they require, how they propose to spend the money, and how this will inform the Vale of Aylesbury Plan.
AVDC is encouraging town and parish councils to put forward their views about where developments can sensibly take place so that communities remain sustainable, the economy of the district can be supported and developments fit in well with the character of their towns and villages.
“We recognise that it is very important for the district council to work closely with the parish and town councils,” said Councillor Carole Paternoster, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning. “Each parish and town council knows the aspirations and pressures of its area. We want to listen to people, and ensure they have a big role in deciding what will be in the new Vale of Aylesbury Plan.
“To help with this, we have a small pot of money available to enable parish and town councils to begin talking with their communities, and to ask their residents a number of questions about development and infrastructure requirements. This funding is available specifically for town and parish councils in the Vale and I urge them to take advantage of it.”
AVDC has written to all parish and town councils setting out details on how to bid for funding. More information about the new planning process can be found on the council’s website (www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk), by going to the home page and clicking on the Vale of Aylesbury Plan link.