Council formally adopts neighbourhood plans

17 Mar 2015

Plans to guide the development of new homes in Great Horwood and Wing have been formally adopted by the district council.


Aylesbury Vale District Council has approved the neighbourhood schemes for the villages after they were supported by residents in local referendums.


They set out a vision for future land use in the areas and will be used in deciding relevant planning applications and appeals.


In a referendum on the plans held on 5 March, 91 per cent of those who voted in Great Horwood and 94.4 per cent of those who voted in Wing voted yes to the proposals.


Neighbourhood plans are part of the government’s ambitions to give communities greater say in how their areas develop and change. It is led by communities themselves not the council. In Aylesbury Vale they can be led by town or parish councils, where they exist, and by organisations called neighbourhood forums, where they do not.


Once neighbourhood plans have been through various stages of community involvement and an independent examination, and are finalised, the council then adopts them as part of the overall development plan for Aylesbury Vale. This means that they will be used to make planning decisions.


Neighbourhood plans in Winslow and Marsh Gibbon have also been formally approved by AVDC.

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