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7 Apr 2017

Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP) Submission Draft - Update

It was necessary to delay consideration of the scheduled Submission Draft of VALP, so that the impact of the Government’s recent White Paper on housing could be assessed.  As a result, the series of meetings arranged for March were postponed in order to ensure that the Plan had the best chance of being approved by the Planning Inspector.

The programme has now been reviewed and arrangements have been made for a series of meetings in July.  This will mean that the consultation period will begin some time that month, although exact dates have yet to be confirmed. 

The meetings are as follows:

  • VALP Scrutiny Committee on Tuesday 11 July, 2017.  This is a new meeting and will be held at 6.30pm in the Olympic Room at The Gateway.

  • Cabinet on Wednesday 12 July, 2017.  The Cabinet meeting will start at 6.30pm and will be held in the Olympic Room at The Gateway.

  • Cabinet’s recommendations will be considered by full Council at its meeting on Wednesday 19 July, 2017.  The meeting will start at 6.30pm and will be held in The Oculus, at The Gateway.

There have been a number of significant changes to the context of the draft plan since it was published last year, including:

  • The total number of houses we now need to plan for has reduced from 33,000 to around 27,000 due to an update to our housing requirements, following new household and population projections which were published last year.  Also, the other local planning authorities which are asking us to accommodate some of their housing need (due to national constraints) have found some additional capacity.

  • As a result of the reduction in our housing figures, we are reconsidering whether a new settlement is needed for this plan period, and will therefore be suggesting that this consideration should be deferred until we know the route of the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway. 

  • We have moved away from the proposed percentage approach to apportioning development to settlements, and instead are looking at a capacity-led approach.  This essentially means that allocations will be made on the basis of where there are suitable sites in sustainable locations, rather than applying a blanket housing percentage requirement depending on the settlement size.

The changes are set out in more detail in the December 2016 VALP Scrutiny Committee minutes

We will update this webpage as we receive more information.


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