The VALP Proposed Submission is the latest draft of the Local Plan to be published.
Please note that the above submission document may take some time to download, a quicker downloadable version is available here.
The Plan was approved by Council on Wednesday 18 October and will be open for public consultation from 9am Thursday 2 November – 5.15pm Thursday 14 December 2017. Following this, the responses will be collated and submitted along with the Plan and supporting documents for examination by an independent planning inspector.
For more information on the current stage of the Plan and to go to the online consultation portal, please visit the Vale of Aylesbury Submission Draft page below.
Our Local Plan
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 over 27,000 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 updated VALP Local Development Scheme (LDS) sets out the documents and timescales that the Council intends to produce, as well as outlining our current stance towards producing a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).
VALP Submission Timetable
- Tuesday 26 September 2017 – VALP Scrutiny Committee
- Tuesday 10 October 2017 – Cabinet agreed on a schedule of changes
- Wednesday 18 October 2017 – Submission Draft approved by Council
- Thursday 2 November – Public consultation starts
- Thursday 14 December – Public consultation ends
- January 2018 – Plan submitted for examination
We hope that the Inspector's report will be with us within 2018 and we will be able to adopt the plan before the end of 2018. However, once the plan is submitted in January, the timeline after that is beyond our control.
Government Housing Need Consultation
In September 2017 the Government published the ‘Planning for the right homes in the right places’ consultation document, which proposes a new housing need calculation method. Provided that the VALP is submitted before 31 March 2018 the new method will not apply.
The Government has also stated that a revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) will be published in early 2018 and the VALP will need to take into account its content as part of the examination. The early review proposed in the VALP will take into account whatever the final housing figure is and other longer-term issues.