Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP) 2013-2033

Planning inspector's report on the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan

We have now received the Planning Inspector’s report on the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan. You can view this document by clicking the link below.

Report on the Examination of the Vale of Aylesbury  Local Plan [PDF, 514KB]
Appendix Main Modifications [PDF, 2.69MB]

The Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan  was submitted for examination in February  2018.  Paul Clark MA(Oxon) MA(TRP) MRTPI MCMI  was appointed as the independent Local Plan Inspector. Hearings were held in July 2018 and April 2021.

The Inspector’s Report concludes that the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan provides an appropriate basis for the planning of the Aylesbury Vale  area, subject to a number of changes known as ‘Main Modifications’. 
We are required by law to publish the inspector’s report as soon as it is reasonably possible. Whilst we have checked the documents are as accessible as possible, we are working on providing the Inspector’s Report  in a fully accessible format. For more information, contact

Additional modifications

The additional modifications schedules also set out minor changes (not relating to the soundness of the plan) which have previously been consulted on in 2019 and 2020. These provide clarification, corrections, minor updates to text and the correction of minor mapping errors to the policies map.

2019 Additional Modifications [PDF, 816KB]
2020 Further Additional Modifications [PDF, 438KB]

Adoption of the Local Plan

The conclusions of the inspector's report mean that the council can proceed towards adoption of the Local Plan. The Local Plan (incorporating the main modifications and additional modifications set out above) are anticipated to go to Cabinet on 13 September 2021 and full Council on 15 September 2021. Details of agendas for those meetings will be provided a week before each meeting at this webpage Cabinet 13 September 2021 and this webpage Full Council 15 September 2021.

VALP Main Modifications hearings

The Inspector arranged for further hearings on the VALP and these took place from Tuesday 13 April to Friday 16 April 2021. Details on the hearings sessions can be found on the Hearing Sessions: VALP Main Modifications 2021 page.

As there was not sufficient time to complete the discussions on Land near Milton Keynes (Shenley Park and land adjacent) at the afternoon hearing session on Thursday 15 April, this has been adjourned to Thursday 29 April at 9:30am. This extra hearing will be available to watch live on the Buckinghamshire Council webcast page.

VALP Further Main Modifications (2020-2021)

This is the latest stage of the VALP. These are a second stage of Main Modifications which have been presented to the Inspector and he will consider them along with the representations. The Inspector has set out in his Discussion Document D8 that he is minded to hold further hearing sessions. He will confirm this after the consultation and then provide final details for the hearings, which will be held before he proceeds to writing his final Inspector’s Report.

Full details on the Further Main Modifications consultation.

VALP Main Modifications (2019)

Following completion of the examination hearings and the publication of the Inspector’s Interim Findings the Council has worked with the Inspector to agree the modifications to the plan that are necessary to make it sound. Those modifications were subject to public consultation which closed on the 17th December 2019. Details of the consultation can be seen via the link below

Information on the VALP Main Modifications consultation.

VALP Modifications Errata (2019)

A number of minor errors have been discovered in the VALP Main Modifications. These have been notified to the Inspector and a copy of the errata note has been distributed to the deposit locations. Please use the link below to access the errata note.

Modifications Errata

VALP Examination

Following its submission VALP is being subject to a public examination. Examination hearings were held in July 2018 and the Inspector published his Interim Findings in August 2018. The Inspector concluded that the plan could be made sound through modifications.

Please follow the link at the bottom of this webpage for more information.

VALP Submission

The VALP Proposed Submission (high res) was submitted to the government on 28 February 2018, together with the representations and supporting evidence. Paul Clark BA MA MRTPI from the Planning Inspectorate was appointed by the Secretary of State to carry out an independent examination of the VALP.

A quick downloadable version of the submission VALP is also available.

Local Plan Context

The Plan will help to accommodate national housing growth demand and bring more investment, employment and opportunity, thus helping the district to thrive. It meets the need for 28,600 new homes in the Vale by 2033, half of which are either already built or have planning permission.

This is an incredibly complex plan which will affect the Vale for generations to come and getting it right is our priority.

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) sets out the documents and timescales that the Council intends to produce.

We have updated our Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) with effect from 26 November 2018. Please follow this link to view the updated SCI.