VALP Main Modifications
Representation ID: 2813
Respondent: Ms Joanna Shepherd
Legally compliant? Not specified
Sound? Not specified
I notice with real concern on reading the Modified Plan that housing numbers for several large developments have been raised. Woodlands has been raised from around 1660 to 1757 . The Plan shows no evidence to any updated transport assessment based on these new figures which I feel is woeful. The congestion is appalling and worsening. To increase the planned housing numbers is utter lunacy.
I notice with real concern on reading the Modified Plan that housing numbers for several large developments have been raised. Both Aylesbury Garden Town and RAF Halton have been amended from around 1000 to at least 1000. The development south west of Stoke Mandeville has been raised from 1550 to at least 1590, Woodlands from around 1660 to 1757 and Hampden Fields from around 3111 to at least 3358. The Plan shows no evidence to any updated transport assessment based on these new figures which I feel is woeful. Anyone living in Aylesbury knows how congested the area is. At peak times the roads are virtually gridlocked. Whenever there is an accident anywhere around Aylesbury the whole road network grinds to a halt as witnessed last week when there was an accident by Aylesbury College. To get to the town centre from where I live on Hampden Hall took me 40 minutes. In the same week temporary lights on the Wendover Road and Bedgrove meant that my husband took 45 minutes to get from the Wendover bypass to home, a journey which should take 5 minutes. The congestion is appalling and worsening. I was talking to someone who lives by the police station and works at Elm Farm vetinary practice. She can walk to work in 7 minutes. By car this journey takes her 20 minutes in the morning. Given the current chaos on the roads I fail to see that anyone who actually lives in Aylesbury would feel that the Plan has been positively prepared and seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements. To increase the planned housing numbers is utter lunacy. Households now invariably have a minimum of 2 cars, often more given that children remain at home much longer. Aylesbury will simply grind to a halt. I beg someone to wake up to this and see that VALP is flawed. I cannot see why anyone would want to live in Aylesbury when the traffic is so bad now. A Plan that shows no evidence of any updated transport assessment yet an increase in housing numbers should not go unchallenged. I challenge those responsible for looking at the Modified Plan to visit Aylesbury at rush hour times. If they did that and then allowed this Modified Plan to be sanctioned when it fails to provide any updated transport assessment I would have to assume that the world has gone made. Aylesbury will have housing but no one will want to live here because the road network will simply collapse under the pressure.
Joanna Shepherd, Weston Turville, (who already cannot get out onto the Wendover Road in the morning unless someone lets her into the stream of solid traffic)