VALP Main Modifications Consultation

VALP Examination – Main Modifications Consultation Closed

Following the hearing sessions into the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP) in July 2018, the publication of the Inspector’s Interim Findings in August 2018 (which can be seen here), as well as further discussions with the VALP Inspector, the council has prepared a number of Main Modifications which are considered necessary to make VALP sound. Their content has been agreed with the Inspector and were put forward for public consultation which closed on the 17 December.

The council are now processing the responses received, once this has been done the responses will be available to view on the consultation portal at The council are also preparing a response to the representations for the inspector. The inspector will then consider the representations and the council’s response to determine whether he can find the plan sound and prepare his final report.

It's hoped that the plan will be adopted during 2020, but the timeline will be dependent on how long the Inspector needs to consider the representations and whether he chooses to hold more public hearing sessions prior to producing his final, binding report.  The Cabinet member for Strategic Planning and Infrastructure made an announcement to Council at its meeting on 5 February 2020.

VALP Modifications Errata

Following publication of the modifications a number of errors have been found in the document text. These have been notified to the Inspector and a copy of the errata note has been put in the deposit locations. Please use the link below to access the errata note.

VALP Modifications Errata

The consultation took place over a six week period and representations were invited to the Main Modifications as well as the associated Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment. Please note this was not an opportunity to make comments on any other aspect of the Local Plan. Only representations to the Main Modifications, Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment will be forwarded to the Inspector. The documents can be viewed below:

Schedule of Main Modifications (including Policies Map)

Sustainability Appraisal of Main Modifications 

Habitats Regulations Assessment

The Core Documents List is an assisting document that sets out all the documents relevant to the consultation. The main modifications proposed to VALP that were consulted on are summarised in the Summary of Main Modifications.

The council has also prepared Additional Modifications which are minor changes that do not relate to the Plan's soundness. Representations  that were made to the Additional Modifications or to other parts of VALP that are not affected by main modifications will not be forwarded to the Inspector as duly made comments. The Additional Modifications can be viewed below:

Additional Modifications

The council has also produced further evidence that specifically relates to the Main Modifications. This can be viewed within the Core Documents List, which is accessible via the link below.  Please note that a significant amount of evidence already exists in relation to the VALP which can be seen via the VALP Evidence Base page.

Evidence for Main Modifications

To aid understanding of the effect of the modifications on the content of the submission VALP the council has produced a ‘tracked change’ version of the plan showing the Main Modifications and Additional Modifications in context. 

Tracked Change Version of Submission VALP

The consultation period ran from 12:00 pm on the 5th November to 5.15 pm on the 17th December 2019.

Representations received after this date will not be taken into account by the council in responding to commenets but will still be passed to the inspector as a late comment for his awareness. 

An FAQ document has been prepared to clarify technical and procedural matters relating to the new proposed allocation at Shenley Park (WHA001), including information about how to make comments during the consultation to Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP) Proposed Allocation of Shenley Park FAQs

Please note that the previously published VALP Suggested Modifications  have been replaced by the VALP Main Modifications.

All contact with the Inspector must be via the Programme Officer. Contact details are as follows

Louise St John Howe

Programme Officer
PO Services
PO Box 10965
CO10 3BF

Phone: 07789-486419

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