Aylesbury Vale Area

Object

VALP Main Modifications

Representation ID: 2896

Received: 08/12/2019

Respondent: Mr Damian Campbell

Legally compliant? Not specified

Sound? Not specified

Representation Summary:

In the modified Plan, housing numbers for several large developments have been raised.
D-AGT4 from "around 3111" to "at least 3358"

As was evidenced in the last inspectors report the road network in the Aylesbury area is already congested. Yet the Plan shows no evidence of any updated transport assessment based on these new figures. (officer summary)

Full text:

Attn: The Planning officer for the VALP

Sir / Madam

In addition to my earlier comments about the VALP I would like the following point to the amendments to the VALP to be taken into consideration:

Thank you in advance.

Kind regards




Oxford - Cambridge Expressway

In the modified Plan, the Oxford - Cambridge Expressway is referred to several times. One would have expected the AVDC and BCC to include this major road infrastructure project fully into their plans. However, not only have they have deleted the reference from their Spatial Vision (para 2.4d) and from the list of major infrastructure projects requiring co-operation (para 3.39) but In para 3.81 the Council has seen fit to merely state that they may "Potentially consider it at some unspecified point in the future". They have also deleted their declared support for the project (modified policy T3 at paragraph 7.21).

I am not only disappointed but truly dismayed at this lack of professionalism. The Vale of Aylesbury Plan is the most important planning document to be worked on for the coming years. For it to have parts deleted and not to include cooperation with the only other infrastructure project in the county beggars belief. The new plans hardly demonstrate the most "Appropriate" strategy when there are other reasonable alternatives available.




Housing numbers

In the modified Plan, housing numbers for several large developments have been raised.
D-AGT1 has been modified to raise housing from "around 1,000" to "at least" 1,000.
D-AGT2 from "around 1,550" to "at least 1,590".
D-AGT3 from "around 1,660" to "at least 1,757"
D-AGT4 from "around 3111" to "at least 3358"
D-HAL003 from "around 1,000" to "at least 1,000"

As was evidenced in the last inspectors report the road network in the Aylesbury area is already congested. Yet the Plan shows no evidence of any updated transport assessment based on these new figures.

Again this demonstrates shoddy work and a woeful lack of respect for the planning process. It seems that the AVDC and BCC are not taking this process at all seriously. As a concerned resident I would welcome new housing if it's on the basis of a well thought out plan but this demonstrates no respect at all for the existing residents' quality of life, especially as regards increased traffic levels. In fact I would go so far as to say this in no way meets "Objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements" which I thought was a prerequisite for any plan.


HS2

AVDC and BCC have stated that much of the funding for the new roads for the VALP would come from HS2. Indeed area D-AGT2 is stated as being dependent on the delivery of HS2 (para 4.44 and elsewhere). Yet as I understand it, no final decision on the HS2 project has been taken. Surely the plan cannot be finalised until HS2 has been finally approved? Attempting to push through the plan WITHOUT the funding would show unacceptable disregard regard for the impact this would have on residents who will surely then be expected to fund any shortfall through taxes.

Again this in no way attempts to meet "Objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements."