Aylesbury Vale is located at the heart of the globally significant Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford corridor as recognised in the NIC report ‘Partnering for Prosperity’, the uppermost part of the geographical area also known as the ‘Golden Triangle’ which includes London; an area containing some of the most innovative and productive places delivering growth and prosperity for the country.
Already strategically located between the M1 and M40, connectivity around and beyond the Vale will be enhanced through the significant investment by government to deliver two major transport initiatives. An east-west Expressway delivering high quality road connections between Oxford and Cambridge will pass through the centre of the Vale in the same corridor as proposed East-West Rail services which include a new station at Winslow. Connectivity north-south to London is also set to improve as part of these proposals.
Aylesbury Vale is already ensuring the right housing provision is in place to support increases in productivity. From 2014 to 2017, Aylesbury Vale has increased its housing stock by 3,940, or 5.3%, the 5th highest rate of increase among all 326 local authorities in England.
Significant growth is set to continue with 28,830 additional new homes planned across the district by 2033 in our emerging Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan, as well as allocated employment land at key employment sites.
In the latest annual survey by Halifax bank, Aylesbury Vale was ranked 27th of the top 50 rural places to live in 2018 and we are committed to maintaining the quality of life our residents have come to expect.
Aylesbury Vale District Council (Buckinghamshire Council) has already invested £100m in town centre regeneration, which has included the development of the Waterside Theatre, Waitrose and the Vale’s new university campus (UCAV), which works closely with local employers and schools. The next phase of a mixed-use development of 4 restaurants and residential units‘ The Exchange’ is due for completion in late 2018. For more information, visit www.visitaylesbury.co.uk.
Aylesbury has also been awarded Garden Town status, benefiting from increased investment and will give us the opportunity to continue to develop the town and the surrounding area in a truly visionary and sustainable way.
Aylesbury Vale is host to the independent University of Buckingham, pioneering a distinctive approach to higher education which recently came top of rankings in the Teaching Excellence Framework. Buckinghamshire’s residents have the highest educational attainment in the country, with 96.9% of residents holding qualifications at NVQ level 1 or above meaning businesses locating in the Vale have access to a skilled workforce.
Aylesbury Vale possess a range of competitively priced employment sites and land and in addition, we are delighted to have three sites in Aylesbury Vale benefiting from Enterprise Zone status.
Building on the history, heritage and global reputation of Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone Park is creating a home for engineering, innovation and business development. It's also at the heart of the Silverstone Technology Cluster, established with input from Buckinghamshire Council, as a not-for-profit organisation to support the growth of the high-tech cluster and attract investment to the region.
Further to the announcement from the UK Space Agency to invest over £4m in a National Propulsion Test Facility at Westcott Venture Park, this site is already on the global map as a centre for excellence in space technology testing.
Following the successful location in 2014 of the state of the art £150m super dairy, Arla into the Vale, the Arla/Woodlands sites provides significant potential for stimulating increased commercial floorspace in the agri-food and human health sectors in the east of Aylesbury. The next phase of development is under construction by DBSymmetry with phase one of the development of 248,000sq.ft of space across three units.
Businesses establishing themselves in the Aylesbury Vale Enterprise Zone will benefit from 100% business rate discount and government support to ensure superfast broadband is rolled out throughout the zones.
Buckinghamshire Council’s Economic Development Team works to promote the Vale and its benefits in the context of the Oxford-Cambridge corridor encouraging inward investment and linking in with organisations planning the strategic growth in the arc.
The team can act as a single point of contact for the Council and liaise with the two Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) which cover the area; SEMLEP and BTVLEP. We also work in partnership with Buckinghamshire Business First (BBF).
The team facilitate businesses with planning assistance and/or commercial space availability and signpost businesses to other sources of help and support and access to grants and much more.
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