A number of studies are being undertaken to inform the emerging Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan. Those which have been published are available to download below.
Housing and Economic Development Needs Assessment (HEDNA)
- Superseded Aylesbury Vale HEDNA - Initial Assessment of Housing Need in Aylesbury Vale (October 2014)
- We commissioned consultants to carry out a HEDNA for Aylesbury Vale. The initial findings from this were presented at stakeholder forums in October 2014 and a report taken to Council as part of a progress update. This has now been superseded by the Buckinghamshire HEDNA work below.
- Superseded Aylesbury Vale HEDNA – Final Draft Report (Steering Group version) (June 2015)
This report updates the October 2014 Initial Assessment (above). This has now been superseded by the Buckinghamshire HEDNA work below.
- Superseded Aylesbury Vale HEDNA – Executive Summary (Steering Group version) (June 2015)
- A summary of the above document. This has now been superseded by the Buckinghamshire HEDNA work below.
- Buckinghamshire HEDNA draft report of findings (January 2016)
The difference between the CB HEDNA (above) and this Buckinghamshire HEDNA is that this document includes South Bucks District following the decisions of Buckinghamshire Council and Buckinghamshire Council to undertake a joint Local Plan and review of the March 2015 Housing Market Area and Functional Economic Market Area definitions. Please also see the appendices that go with this report.
- Buckinghamshire HEDNA update: draft report of findings (October 2016)
The Buckinghamshire HEDNA has been updated to take account of new population and household projections (appendices yet to be published). The final report will be published shortly.
- Buckinghamshire HEDNA Update: Final Report (December 2016)
The Buckinghamshire HEDNA has been updated to take account of new population and household projections. This is the final report. Please also see the appendices that go with the repor
- Buckinghamshire Councils HEDNA Methodology (April 2015)
Since the above the study was commissioned Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern and Buckinghamshire Councils have jointly commissioned consultants to produce a HEDNA to identify housing and economic needs for their new Local Plans. This reflects Government guidance which states that a HEDNA should be based on Housing Market Areas. A Methodology Statement has been produced setting out how the assessment will be carried out. This study will supersede the Aylesbury Vale HEDNA once it is finalised and will form the basis for the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan.
- Central Buckinghamshire HEDNA presentation of draft findings
The draft findings of the Central Buckinghamshire HEDNA (CB HEDNA) were shared at a series of forums. This is the presentation that was given at the stakeholder forum by our consultants
- Central Buckinghamshire HEDNA Report of Findings Consultation Draft (October 2015)
Final draft findings of the Central Buckinghamshire HEDNA. Please also see the appendices to go with the report. We invited comments on this document alongside the issues and options consultation.
- Buckinghamshire HEDNA Update Addendum (September 2017)
Report providing supplementary evidence and corrections to the Buckinghamshire HEDNA Update (December 2016)
Sustainability Appraisal (SA)
- SA Scoping Report
The Scoping Report identifies the scope and level of detail of the information to be included in the SA, setting out the context, objectives and approach of the assessment; established the baseline; and identified relevant environmental issues and objectives. The objectives will be used in future SA Reports (starting with the Draft Plan) that accompany the remaining stages of VALP to assess the sustainability impacts of the plan and reasonable alternatives. We are currently inviting comments on this document alongside the issues and options consultation – follow this link for details on how to comment.
Reasonable Alternatives SA Report
- This document represents a SA of the reasonable alternatives for strategic options. We are currently inviting comments on this document alongside the issues and options consultation – follow this link for details on how to comment.
Assessment of Reasonable Alternatives
- This document is a record of assessments of reasonable alternatives (options) for housing and mixed-use housing and employment sites in Aylesbury Vale. We are currently inviting comments on this document alongside the draft plan consultation – follow this link for details on how to comment.
- VALP SA report
Presents an appraisal of the Proposed Submission VALP, and reasonable alternatives.
- VALP SA report - technical annex
Provides supplementary information, in particular in relation to identifying reasonable alternatives
- VALP SA Report - Non Technical Summary
Provides a non-technical summary of the main SA Report.
Luton HMA Growth Options
The council has cooperated with Luton Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire Council and North Hertfordshire Council to produce this growth study which looks at options to help meet housing need within the Luton Housing Market Area. The only area within Aylesbury Vale that falls within the Luton Housing Market Area is Edlesborough.
Cumulative Growth Impact - Aylesbury
- Cumulative Growth Impact - Aylesbury - Final Report, June 2017
This report is prepared to provide an assessment of the cumulative impact of the growth anticipated to come forward around the existing urban area of Aylesbury. As detailed in Figure 1 this comprises the following 6 principal areas: Berryfields, Aylesbury East, Woodland, Aylesbury South East, Aylesbury South and Aylesbury South West. Some of these areas are subject to current construction, some are still at planning stage and subject to masterplan iterations, while some areas are yet to come forward. The impacts of each site are tested individually as they progress through the planning system but, in order to ensure that future delivery of Aylesbury Garden Town is sustainable and well integrated into the town’s existing urban edge, it is important that Buckinghamshire Council are able to reach conclusion on the cumulative impact of this growth. This report is therefore intended to be used to inform the Local Plan Sustainability Appraisal as well as any further policy updates / mitigation that could be considered ahead of the Proposed Submission draft should impact be considered to require further mitigation.he Council in preparing the VALP is required to carry out a screening of the potential effects of proposed development on environmentally important European Sites including Special Areas of Cons
Housing Land supply
Habitats Regulations Assessment
- Habitat Regulations Assessment Report
The Council in preparing the VALP is required to carry out a screening of the potential effects of proposed development on environmentally important European Sites including Special Areas of Conservation. The HRA considers physical damage to the SAC sites and non-physical damage, air pollution, the impact of recreation, water quantity and quality. The report, competed in March 2017, concludes that with the VALP Draft Plan strategy, policies and proposals including the Aylesbury Garden Town that there would be no significant effects. Therefore there is no need to proceed to the next stage of HRA work an ‘Appropriate Assessment’.
- Habitats Regulations Assessment Addendum on RAF Halton
An addendum looking at impact on designated sites of the potential development at RAF Halton in the VALP Proposed Submission and deletion of previously identified option of green belt release site at Wendover.
Buckinghamshire Housing Market and Functional Economic Areas.
- Housing Market Areas and Functional Economic Market Areas in Buckinghamshire and the surrounding areas (March 2015)
Findings of a study commissioned by the Buckinghamshire districts to identify the housing market area(s) and functional economic market area(s) that the Bucks Districts lie within.
- Housing Market Areas and Functional Economic Market Areas in Buckinghamshire and the surrounding areas - technical appendices (March 2015)
Technical appendices to accompany the main report on the Housing Market Areas and Functional Economic Market Areas in Buckinghamshire and the surrounding areas.
- HMAs and FEMAs in Buckinghamshire: Updating the evidence (June 2016)
This report has been updated based on further analysis of data from the 2011 census.
- New Settlement Scoping Study (July 2016)
This study considers the concept of a new settlement and considers the potential options for where this could be located. We are currently inviting comments on this document alongside the draft plan consultation – follow this link for details on how to comment. The appendices are available below;
Buckinghamshire Green Belt Assessment
Buckinghamshire Green Belt Assessment Methodology Part 1
Report setting out the methodology for an assessment of the Buckinghamshire Green Belt to provide evidence of how different areas perform against the Green Belt purposes set out in national policy.
Buckinghamshire Green Belt Assessment Report Part 1 (maps below)
Report setting out the methodology and findings for an assessment of the Buckinghamshire Green Belt to provide evidence of how different areas perform against the Green Belt purposes set out in national policy.
Buckinghamshire Draft Green Belt Assessment Methodology Part 2
Report setting out the draft methodology for an assessment of the Buckinghamshire Green Belt giving further consideration to parcels following the recommendations in Part 1.
Aylesbury Vale Green Belt Assessment Report Part 2
Report setting out the findings of an assessment of the Buckinghamshire Green Belt giving further consideration to parcels following the recommendations in Part 1. We are inviting comments on this document alongside the draft plan – follow this link to the online consultation form.
Housing & Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA)
HELAA version 4 is a technical evidence document that will inform the sustainability appraisal and writing of VALP Proposed Submission version. The HELAA does not allocate sites it provides a deliverable capacity and identifies a range of issues that will need to be investigated. A site 'suitable' conclusion does not mean the site will be allocated in VALP and likewise a site being 'unsuitable' does not mean further work on constraints, mitigation or infrastructure enhancements cannot be put in to enable the Council to support development on site. All constraints need to be revisited at the time future planning decision are to be taken.
- HELAA version 4 - Erratum
- HELAA version 4 - January 2017 Part 1 (Intro-Aylesbury)
- HELAA version 4 - January 2017 Part 2 (Beachampton-Cuddington)
- HELAA version 4 - January 2017 Part 3 (Dagnall-Grendon Underwood)
- HELAA version 4 - January 2017 Part 4 (Haddenham-Oving)
- HELAA version 4 - January 2017 Part 5 (Padbury-Swanbourne)
- HELAA version 4 - January 2017 Part 6 (Thornborough-conclusions)
HELAA version 4 supersedes all previous versions and shows all additions or amendments to the text of HELAA v3 in bold. All sites promoted up to September 2016 are included and information on commitments is updated to include the monitoring year 2015/16.
- HELAA version 3 – Report (May 2016)
This is report supersedes HELAA version 2 report. It amends and adds to the HELAA version 2 report with assessment of all Call For Sites submitted by 31 December 2015 and other site sources including planning applications and neighbourhood plan sites. It also includes the suitability/capacity assessment of ‘Batch 7’ sites below. The report also makes amendments in response to the public consultation between October-December 2015 and assesses the suitability/achievability of sites at small, medium and large villages and strategic settlements as set out in the VALP Settlement Hierarchy revisions, May 2016. This version of HELAA will be further updated in the coming months once the annual monitoring of development starts and completions for year 2015/16 has been completed.
- HELAA Batch 7 new sites
New sites submitted to the Council by 31 December 2015 for inclusion in HELAA version 3.
- HELAA Batch 7 - Part 1, Part 2, Part3 maps
- HELAA version 2 - Final Draft Report (October 2015)
The purpose of the assessment is to identify a future supply of land which is suitable, available and achievable for housing and economic development uses over the plan period to help meet the District's development needs. It was formerly referred to as the Strategic housing land availability assessment (SHLAA). Identification of any sites as potentially suitable and deliverable is not an indication of the likelihood of gaining planning permission. This is version 2 of the report and incorporates the changes from the below corrective addendum.
- Addendum to HELAA Final Draft Report
To correct an error in relation to the conclusion for site WTV018 this addendum will be included in the HELAA Final Draft Report.
- Central Bucks HELAA Methodology (May 2015)
Joint methodology agreed by Wycombe, Chiltern and Buckinghamshire Councils for their respective HELAAs. The councils have been working together on the basis that they are identified in the same Housing Market Area (HMA) in the HMA and FEMA in Bucks and the surroundings areas study above.
- HELAA Summary of consultation responses (May 2015)
A summary of the responses to the joint central Bucks HELAA methodology, which was consulted on in early 2015.
- HELAA Steering Group terms of reference
A Steering Group, formed in July 2014 with community, Aylesbury Vale Association of Local Councils, stakeholder, Buckinghamshire Council and developer representation to formally commence the study. At this first meeting, council officers presented a draft methodology and draft terms of reference. Comments have since been considered and amendments made to the final terms of reference.
Aylesbury Vale Sequential Test
The sequential test assesses the VALP allocated sites against alternatives in terms of their vulnerability to flood risk and their appropiateness for development in the nationally defined Flood Zones. Through application of the sequential test, the Council is required to guide new development to the areas of lowest flood probability.
Bucks Gypsy and Travellers and Travelling Showpeople Accommodation Assessment
- Bucks Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Accommodation Needs Assessment Executive Summary (August 2013)
Executive summary to the Bucks Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Accommodation Needs Assessment
- Bucks Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Accommodation Needs Assessment (August 2013)
This study has been carried out by consultants Opinion Research Services on behalf of the four districts in Buckinghamshire.
- Bucks Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Accommodation Needs Assessment 2013: 2014 update (October 2014)
Update to the 2013 report by Opinion Research Services on behalf of district councils in Buckinghamshire.
- Aylesbury Vale Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Site Assessment (July 2016)
This site assessment has looked at finding suitable and available sites to meet the accommodation needs identified for Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople. We are inviting comments on this document alongside the draft plan – follow this link to the online consultation form.
- Bucks Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Accommodation Needs Assessment 2017 update (February 2017)
Update by Opinion Research Services on behalf of district councils in Buckinghamshire.
- Landscape Character Assessment and Sensitivity Advice to Aylesbury Vale DC (March 2015)
This is an independent report by consultants LUC to provide an assessment as to whether the identification of Landscape Character Areas (LCAs) and Areas of Sensitive Landscape (ASLs) in an evidence base by Jacobs for Buckinghamshire Council in 2008 is compliant with the National Planning Policy Framework (2012) and Planning Practice Guidance (2014) approach to valued local landscapes. The study goes on to identify if there are any deficiencies in the process that was undertaken in the two 2008 evidence studies identifying LCAs and ASLs. Where any landscapes have potentially changed as a result of development since 2008, this has also been considered in the work. The assessment also recommended potential policy approaches for the forthcoming Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan Options consultation.
- Areas of Attractive Landscape and Local Landscape Areas Advice to Aylesbury Vale DC – Final Draft Report (October 2015)
“Defining the special qualities of local landscape designations in Aylesbury Vale District - Final Report (March 2016)”
This is a final report that takes account of public engagement at the VALP Issues and Options stage (October–December 2015). The report is the same as the previously published draft except there is now an Appendix 3 with a summary of the key issues raised in public engagement. This is an independent report by consultants LUC to provide a review of the AVDLP designated Areas of Attractive Landscape (AAL) and Local Landscape Areas (LLA) and whether they should be redesignated as locally valued landscapes (as set out by the National Planning Policy Framework) in the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan. The review recommends that the majority of the areas currently designated should be retained as valued landscapes but recommends that the Halton/Wendover AAL and Halton, Great Ouse Valley (West) and Poundon Hill LLAs are not designated as valued landscapes.
- Figure 1
- Figure 2
- Combined Maps
Open Space, Sport and Recreation Needs
Open Space, Sport and Recreation Needs - Main Report
The report of assessment by specialist consultants Torkilsden Barclay identifies the open space, sports and recreation needs for Aylesbury Vale in the context of the housing growth identified in the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan Draft Plan stage. This assessment is an update/revision of the 2012 assessment by the same consultants examining new information of provision in the Vale and national standards and policies relating to open space, sports and recreation. The report provides recommendations that will be considered in drafting the VALP Proposed Submission for summer 2017.
Open Space, Sport and Recreation Needs - Addendum on RAF Halton
This review explores the potential additional open space, sport and recreation provision as a result of the development needs identified in the proposed site allocation in VALP at RAF Halton. The typologies used are those set out in the 2017 Assessment of Open Space, Sports and Recreation Needs for Aylesbury Vale report, and the standards applied are those identified within that report.
- Aylesbury Vale Retail Study 2015
The study is examines the current retail expenditure patterns in Aylesbury Vale, assess the current trading performance of retail destinations across the district and establish the need for new retail floorspace balancing qualitative and quantitative considerations. This study draws on a combination of on-site surveys and desktop research, and is informed by a new household telephone survey (undertaken in October 2014) which gathers information on expenditure patterns from 1,000 respondents across the survey area. The report identifies convenience shopping floorspace capacity 2019-33 for Aylesbury, Buckingham, Winslow, Haddenham and Wendover whilst also identifying comparison shopping expenditure and floorspace capacity at Aylesbury 2019-2033.
- Aylesbury Vale Retail Study - Annexes
Following the production of the original retail study the council has been undertaking further work to add more detailed retail evidence to support the next version of the local plan as follows:
- Aylesbury Town Centre Retail Assessment Study Report
- Aylesbury Town Centre Retail Capacity Update
- Aylesbury Local Centres Health and Outlook Assessment
- Aylesbury Vale Retail Impact Thresholds
- Buckingham Retail Appraisal 2016
- Settlement Hierarchy Assessment Report September 2017
The Settlement Hierarchy has been reviewed following comments received at the Draft Plan stage and informs the Proposed Submission version of VALP.
- Draft Settlement Hierarchy Assessment Report June 2016
The Settlement Hierarchy has been reviewed following comments received at the issues and options stage. It now includes a ‘medium villages’ category.
- Settlement Hierarchy Review 2015
A review of the Hierarchy has been carried out after initial consultations with Parish and Town Councils following a desktop study. This assesses the sustainability of settlements and the facilities they have, grouping settlements into categories including strategic settlements, larger villages, smaller villages and other settlements. Comments on this document were invited as part of the issues and options consultation.
VALP Viability Assessment
- Buckinghamshire Council VALP Viability Assessment Final Report
- Appendix I with cover sheet
- Appendix IIa v6 (Final with appraisal summaries)
- Appendix IIb v1 (Final strategic sites with appraisal summaries)
- Appendix III v2 (Final CoStar)
The main purpose of the study is to test the ability of a range of development types across the district, to viably meet planning policy requirements of the new local plan, including affordable housing and consider cumulative impacts of the council's requirements, in line with the NPPF and the Local Housing Delivery Group guidance 'viability testing local plans: advice for housing practitioners, June 2012'.
The key deliverables of the study was to use a residual valuation approach to test impact on viability of draft policies, assess affordable housing policy as the most significant requirement in terms of impact on development viability and assess a selection of major sites across the district to consider value areas.
Aylesbury Transport Strategy
Aylesbury Transport Strategy final report
A transport strategy for Aylesbury Town is required in order to support and accommodate future Local Plan growth, with the current transport network already under pressure. A strategic plan for transport has been lacking and is now vital for ensuring that opportunities associated with the growth of the town and district are realised, including necessary infrastructure enhancements. The Strategy is being jointly developed by Buckinghamshire Council and Buckinghamshire Council using AECOM as consultants.
The stages of work needed to develop the new Aylesbury Transport Strategy are defined as:
- Stage One – Introduction/Context
- Stage Two – Existing and Future Conditions
- Stage Three – Issues and Opportunities
Stages four - six will be added to this page as they are completed
- Stage Four – Options (under development)
- Stage Five – Draft Strategy
- Stage Six – Final Strategy
Buckingham Transport Strategy
A transport strategy for Buckingham is required in order to support and accommodate future Local Plan growth, with the current transport network already under pressure. A strategic plan for transport has been lacking and is now vital for ensuring that opportunities associated with the growth of the town and district are realised, including necessary infrastructure enhancements. The Strategy is being jointly developed by Buckinghamshire Council and Buckinghamshire Council using AECOM as consultants
Countywide traffic modelling
- Countywide Local Plan Transport Modelling - Phase 3 Technical Note (August 2017)
Phase three of the modelling support work produces a revised local plan development scenario to replace DS scenarios from phase two. In addition a set of mitigation schemes are tested in order to try and mitigate any impacts arising from the local plan development in terms of increased congestion and travel time. Whilst The main objective of this work is on mitigating highway impacts arising from the local plan developments within Buckinghamshire. This study does not supersede or replace any detailed modelling work that has been done or will be required in future in assessment of the impacts of individual developments. The purpose of this note is only to assess cumulative impacts of development and identify areas where these could be considered significant in terms of travel time changes.
- Countryside Local Plan Modelling (March 2017) (appendices below)
Consultants (Jacobs) were commissioned to assess the transport impact of the emerging local plan proposals for the districts within Buckinghamshire, comprising Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe. This report covers the second phase of the work has primarily focussed on identifying improvements to the transport network which may be required in order to mitigate the impacts identified as part of the phase one work, and assessing the extent to which those improvements mitigated the impacts. Three forecast scenarios were developed during the first phase of the Countywide Local Plan modelling support in cooperation with Buckinghamshire Council and the districts. These comprised of a 2033 DM scenario which included the projected planning completions to 2033 across Buckinghamshire, as well as committed development (some of which may form part of the local plan proposals), and two DS scenarios which included DM development plus additional non-committed local plan developments across the county. Both DS scenarios included the same mix of local plan development but the location of a new settlement near Haddenham, included in the DS1 scenario, was instead assumed to occur at Winslow in the DS2 scenario. The DM development scenario remains unchanged for the second phase of work, but the DS scenarios have been updated to reflect changes in the preferred options of the local plans; further detail of the forecast scenarios are provided in Table 3-A in section 3 of the following report.
Appendix A (Plots)
- Amersham and Aylesbury
- Beaconsfiled and Bourne End
- Buckingham and Burnham
- Chesham and Denham
- Gerrards Cross and Great Missenden
- Haddenham and High Wycombe
- Iver and Little Chalfont
- Marlow and Milton Keynes
- Princes Risborough and Wendover
- Change travel time DM and DS2
- Change travel time DS1 and DS2
- Congestion ratio DM1 - Part 1
- Congestion ratio DM1 - Part 2
- Congestion ratio DS2 - Part 1
- Congestion ratio DS2 - Part 2
- Countywide Local Plan Modelling (July 2016) (appendices below)
Consultants (Jacobs) were commissioned to assess the transport impact of the emerging local plan proposals for the districts within Buckinghamshire, comprising Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe. This report covers the first phase of work which primarily focuses on the identification of transport related issues in the Aylesbury Vale area to inform the development of potential mitigation options. There are three scenarios for Aylesbury Vale - a "Do- Minimum" (DM) model run (essentially a base line reference case); and two "Do Something" (DS1 & DS2) forecast scenarios - DS1 includes a new settlement location at Haddenham and DS2 includes a new settlement location at Winslow. The report refers only to selected model outputs (Plots). Appendices 1& 2 included all outputs from the model (county wide). Comments on this document are invited alongside the draft plan consultation - follow this link for the online comments form.
The second stage of work may include further model runs with refinements to the development scenarios and transport schemes to mitigate development impacts and contribute to the final submission
VALP Appendix A (Model Output Plots)
- Appendix B (Countywide Model Output Plots)
Duty to Co-operate
The Council is under a legal duty to cooperate with adjacent councils and other public bodies in the preparation of local plans.
In conjunction with the other Buckinghamshire Councils Aylesbury Vale has commissioned a report to review the likely housing delivery rates in Aylesbury Vale to support the forecasting of delivery rates in the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan.
Equalities Impact Assessment
Infrastructure Delivery Plan
This Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) provides an assessment of the key infrastructure requirements to support planned new development in Aylesbury Vale over the time period identified in the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan 2013-2033 (VALP).
The document is in two parts, the IDP provides an overview of infrastructure requirements for the district under physical (road, buses, telecommunications etc), social (community facilities, schools, libraries etc) and green/blue infrastructure (open spaces, flood alleviation etc).
The Infrastructure Delivery Schedule in the Appendix A is intended to be a ’live’ document and more information on funding, phasing and delivery will be added as further information is gathered, for example when funding is confirmed and schemes move towards implementation