Aylesbury Vale Area

VALP Further Main Modifications

Ended on the 9 February 2021
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Chapter 11: Detailed Infrastructure

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MM246

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299, 11.1

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Green infrastructure is a strategically planned network of high quality multi-functional green spaces in both urban and rural areas as well as associated features such as trees, hedgerows, ponds, waterways, green roofs and green walls. It is designed, developed and managed to meet the environmental, social and economic needs of communities and wildlife. The term includes open green spaces such as parks and gardens, country parks, allotments, cemeteries, green corridors (potentially including cycleways and rights of way), village greens and trees. It also includes informal amenity green spaces and accessible countryside such as river and canal corridors, woodland, natural grassland, wetlands, lakes and nature reserves (water related green infrastructure is also known as 'Blue Infrastructure'). For the purposes of the VALP, 'Green Infrastructure' includes civic spaces, including market squares and other hard surfaced community areas used for community activities. Where the VALP site allocations require (or development coming forward on any other site that would be required to meet the standards in Policy I1) the provision of 'green infrastructure', private green spaces such as residential gardens do not count towards meeting this requirement as they are not publicly accessible natural green space and so do not meet Natural England's definition of ANGSt in para 11.8.

Proposed further changes

Open space includes green infrastructure and also civic space including market squares and other hard surfaced community areas used for community activities. However, hard surfaced or civic spaces do not count as providing green infrastructure to meet Policy I1. Green infrastructure is a strategically planned network of high quality multi-functional green spaces in both urban and rural areas as well as associated features such as trees, hedgerows, ponds, waterways, green roofs and green walls. It is designed, developed and managed to meet the environmental, social and economic needs of communities and wildlife. The term includes open green spaces such as parks and gardens, country parks, allotments, cemeteries, green corridors (potentially including cycleways and rights of way), village greens and trees. It also includes informal amenity green spaces and accessible countryside such as river and canal corridors, woodland, natural grassland, wetlands, lakes and nature reserves (water related green infrastructure is also known as 'Blue Infrastructure'). For the purposes of the VALP, 'Green Infrastructure' includes civic spaces, including market squares and other hard surfaced community areas used for community activities. Where the VALP site allocations require (or development coming forward on any other site that would be required to meet the standards in Policy I1) the provision of 'green infrastructure', private green spaces such as residential gardens do not count towards meeting this requirement as they are not publicly accessible natural green space and so do not meet Natural England's definition of ANGSt in para 11.8.

Reason for change

Proposed change in response to representation(s) against MM246 and MM260


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MM253

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301, 11.9

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The 2017 Final Report identifies deficiencies across the district against the ANGSt standards. Only three settlements in Aylesbury Vale – Aston Clinton, Buckingham and Wendover – meet the minimum ANGSt requirements for the provision of larger accessible green space. Many parts of Aylesbury Vale do not meet the standard of providing at least one 20ha site within 2km or one 500ha site within 10km of people's homes. There is also a deficiency of accessible green infrastructure over 100ha in Aylesbury Vale.

Proposed further changes

The 2017 Final Report refers to the Buckinghamshire Green Infrastructure Strategy (2009) that identifies deficiencies across the district against the ANGSt standards for access to natural greenspace. Only three settlements in Aylesbury Vale – Aston Clinton, Buckingham and Wendover – meet the minimum ANGSt requirements for the provision of larger accessible green space. Many parts of Aylesbury Vale do not meet the standard of providing at least one 20ha site within 2km or one 500ha site within 10km of people's homes. There is also a deficiency of accessible green infrastructure over 100ha in Aylesbury Vale.

Reason for change

Proposed change in response to representation(s)


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MM260

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305, Policy I1 Green Infrastructure

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I1 Green Infrastructure

The Council will support proposals for green infrastructure where there is no significant adverse impact on:

  1.  Wider green infrastructure networks including public rights of way and green infrastructure opportunity zones identified by the Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Natural Environment Partnership
  2.  Potential to contribute to biodiversity net gains
  3.  Management of flood risk and provision of sustainable drainage systems
  4.  Provision of a range of types of green infrastructure
  5.  Provision of sports, recreation facilities or public realm improvements
  6.  Potential for local food cultivation by communities
  7.  Achieving a satisfactory landscaping scheme including the transition between the development and adjacent open land

New housing developments of more than 10 units and which have maximum combined gross floorspace of more than 1,000 square metres (gross internal area) will be required to meet the ANGSt (accessible natural green space standards) in Appendix C to meet the additional demand arising from new residential development. Amenity green space will need to be provided on site.

Proposed further changes

I1 Green Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure should provide a range of functions and provide multiple benefits for wildlife, improving quality of life and water quality and flood risk, health and wellbeing, recreation, access to nature and adaptation to climate change. The Council will support proposals for green infrastructure where there is no significant adverse impact on:

  1.  Wider green infrastructure networks including public rights of way and green infrastructure opportunity zones identified by the Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Natural Environment Partnership
  2.  Potential to contribute to biodiversity net gains
  3.  Management of flood risk and provision of sustainable drainage systems
  4.  Provision of a range of types of green infrastructure
  5.  Provision of sports, recreation facilities or public realm improvements
  6.  Potential for local food cultivation by communities
  7.  Achieving a satisfactory landscaping scheme including the transition between the development and adjacent open land

New housing developments of more than 10 units and or which have maximum a combined gross floorspace of more than 1,000 square metres (gross internal area) will be required to meet the ANGSt (accessible natural green space standards) in Appendix C to meet the additional demand arising from new residential development. Amenity green space will need to be provided on site.

Reason for change

Proposed change in response to representation(s) on MM249 to policy I1 and para 11.5 and also MM053 to deleted para 4.77


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308, Policy I2 Sports and recreation

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New housing development of more than 10 units and which have maximum combined gross floorspace of more than 1,000 square metres (gross internal area) will be required to meet the Council's adopted standards in Appendix D to secure adequate provision of sports and recreation facilities increased capacity to meet the additional demand for sports and recreation facilities arising from new residential development.

Proposed further changes

New housing development of more than 10 units and or which have maximum a combined gross floorspace of more than 1,000 square metres (gross internal area) will be required to meet the Council's adopted standards in Appendix D to secure adequate provision of sports and recreation facilities increased capacity to meet the additional demand for sports and recreation facilities arising from new residential development.

Reason for change

Proposed change in response to representation(s)


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MM271

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310, Policy I3 Community facilities, infrastructure and assets of community value

Original text

A financial contribution will be required subject to compliance with the CIL Regulations to provide or enhance community facilities or community infrastructure on developments of more than 10 homes and which have maximum combined gross floorspace of more than 1,000 square metres (gross internal area).

Proposed further changes

A financial contribution will be required subject to compliance with the CIL Regulations to provide or enhance community facilities or community infrastructure on developments of more than 10 homes and or which have maximum a combined gross floorspace of more than 1,000 square metres (gross internal area).

Reason for change

Proposed change in response to representation(s)


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MM275

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314, Policy I4 Flooding

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Flood risk assessments

  1.  provide level-for-level floodplain compensation and volume-for-volume compensation unless a justified reason has been submitted and agreed which may justify other forms of compensation
  2.  ensure no increase in flood risk on site or harm to third parties and ensure there will be no increase in surface water discharge rates or volumes during storm events up to and including the 1 in 100 year storm event, with an allowance for climate change (the design storm event)

Sustainable drainage systems (SuDS)

  1.  Ensure development layouts are informed by drainage strategies incorporating SuDS

Climate change

  1.  Compensation flood storage would need to be provided for any land-raising within the 1 in 100 plus appropriate climate change flood event

Proposed further changes

Flood risk assessments

  1.  provide level-for-level floodplain compensation and volume-for-volume compensation, up to the 1% annual probability (1 in 100) flood extent with an appropriate allowance for climate change, unless a justified reason has been submitted and agreed which may justify other forms of compensation
  2.  ensure no increase in flood risk on site or harm to third parties elsewhere, such as downstream or upstream receptors, existing development and/or adjacent land, and ensure there will be no increase in fluvial and surface water discharge rates or volumes during storm events up to and including the 1 in 100 year storm event, with an allowance for climate change (the design storm event)

Add additional criterion after 'k':

l. include detailed modelling of any ordinary watercourses within or adjacent to the site, where appropriate, to define in detail the area at risk of flooding and model the effect of climate change

Change following criteria references from 'l-v' to 'm-w'

Sustainable drainage systems (SuDS)

All development proposals must adhere to the advice in the latest version of the SFRA and will:

m.n. Ensure development layouts are informed by drainage strategies incorporating SuDS and complete site specific ground investigations to gain a more local understanding of groundwater flood risk and inform the design of sustainable drainage components

Climate change

w. Compensation flood storage would need to be provided for the built footprint as well as any land-raising within the 1 in 100 plus appropriate climate change flood event. This compensation would need to be demonstrated within a Flood Risk Assessment (FRA).

Reason for change

Proposed change in response to representation(s)

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