Inspector dismisses appeals for 5,800 new homes

27 Jan 2015

Aylesbury Vale District Council has learned that it has won four planning appeals relating to a series of sites around Aylesbury.


In a letter received by the council today (27 January), the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has dismissed the appeals against planning refusal for land at Fleet Marston and the failure to determine applications for land at Hampden Fields and Weedon Hill.


Government planning inspector David Rose heard simultaneous appeals from developers wanting to build 3,000 homes at Hampden Fields (between Bedgrove and Weston Turville), 2,745 homes at Fleet Marston (west of Berryfields) and 120 – 220 homes at Weedon Hill (north of Buckingham Park) back in 2013.


The decision letter said: “Overall, while recognising the important contribution which each of the appeal schemes would make to the social and economic wellbeing of the area, particularly through the provision of much-needed housing, the Secretary of State considers that, in each case, there are adverse factors which significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits of the particular scheme.”


The council is currently drawing up its new local plan which sets out future housing figures for the whole of the Vale for the next 18 years.


Commenting on the appeal decision, Councillor Carole Paternoster, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, said: “We are very pleased that the Secretary of State has dismissed these appeals. It vindicates the district council’s decision to vigorously oppose these applications.


“We fully recognise that a significant number of new homes will be required in Aylesbury Vale but strongly believe that the future level and direction of growth at Aylesbury should be through the proper development plan process already underway. I would like to thank everyone who has been involved – local residents, councillors and officers – for their patience and hard work in getting to where we are at today.”

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