Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP)

The draft Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan consultation responses from summer 2016 are published

The Government finally published its much awaited Housing White Paper on Tuesday, (7 February 2017). As expected, it contained a number of proposals for increasing house building as the number of new homes being built continues to fall short of the Government’s housing target.

The proposals will have implications for planning decisions in Aylesbury Vale as well as the final stages of development of our Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP).

At this point we are still analysing the details of the proposals, so we cannot say exactly what impact the white paper may have, particularly whether the proposals will mean an increase in the amount of housing that Aylesbury Vale has to accommodate.

This means that despite the work done thus far in preparing the new local plan, progress is now likely to be slower as we take into account any new measures introduced as a result of the white paper.

We are undertaking detailed discussions with both Government officials and our neighbouring councils, and will publish an updated timetable as soon as we are able to.

Meanwhile, our work in relation to the local plan continues in earnest as we are committed to getting a plan in place as soon as possible. Planning officers have been instructed to ensure that any changes to the timetable is kept to an absolute minimum.

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.

We will update this webpage as soon as we have more news on the local plan.

The council’s Local Development Scheme has been updated to reflect the above and other more detailed and procedural content. The new LDS is available here. The council remains committed to also producing a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

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