Aylesbury Vale Area

Object

VALP Main Modifications

Representation ID: 2832

Received: 30/11/2019

Respondent: Mr Richard Myers

Legally compliant? No

Sound? No

Representation Summary:

The modification has inserted the words 'at least' 170 houses. The allocation of site MMO006 in a 'small' settlement is neither sound or legally compliant and is not in line with the assertion in para 41 of the Inspector's Interim Findings.
Finally, a further allocation of 12 dwellings has been made in MM283, which raises the total number of dwellings in Maids Moreton to 182. VALP para 4.153 (now para 4.148) illustrates that 170 houses is excessive even for a medium village.

Change suggested by respondent:

Policy MMO006 needs to be deleted from the VALP in order to ensure the VALP is sound and legally compliant.

Full text:

There was no public consultation on the amendment in HELAA v4 which designated this site as 'suitable' for development and there was no consultation with Maids Moreton Parish Council, Buckingham Town Council or Foscote Parish Meeting. Also, the consultation on HELAA v3 showed overwhelming support for the site being designated as 'unsuitable' for development and this has clearly been ignored. The only consultation I am aware of was the public consultation on the Submission VALP, which consulted on the allocation of the site in the Submission VALP not the designation of the site as suitable for development in the HELAA. Therefore relying on the designation of this site in the HELAA as a source of evidence is in breach of NPPF para 155, HELAA Methodology paras 1.20 and 1.21, and the PPG para 3-008. It also contravenes HELAA v4 appendix 2. I do not agree with the modifications and increasing the size of the number of houses to 170 as this allocation is neither sound or legally compliant.

The modification has inserted the words 'at least' 170 houses. Maids Moreton has been incorrectly categorized as a 'medium village' due to the incorrect assertion in the Settlement Hierarchy para 5.16 that Maids Moreton has 6 key criteria when in fact it only has 4. Maids Moreton is in fact a 'smaller village' as defined in the Settlement Hieararchy para 5.18 (I refer to ED228). The allocation of site MMO006 in a 'small' settlement is neither sound or legally compliant and is not in line with the assertion in para 41 of the Inspector's Interim Findings that the Council's capacity-led approach to identify of allocations has received widespread support. This has certainly not been the case in Maids Moreton.
Finally, a further allocation of 12 dwellings has been made in MM283, which raises the total number of dwellings in Maids Moreton to 182. VALP para 4.153 (now para 4.148) illustrates that 170 houses is excessive even for a medium village. For a 'small' village the allocation of 182 houses is hugely disproportionate to the size of the settlement. The allocation in MM283 of 12 houses is quite adequate for a small settlement. I do not agree with the modifications in MM101 - increasing the size of the plot and no longer limiting the number of houses to 170 - and the inaccuracy in the Settlement Hierarchy renders the entire allocation of site MMO006 unsound and illegal.