Aylesbury Vale Area

Object

VALP Main Modifications

Representation ID: 3002

Received: 13/12/2019

Respondent: Ms Branwen Evans

Legally compliant? No

Sound? No

Representation Summary:

The provision of 'at least' 1,000 homes is not supported by appropriate planning infrastructure. The plans need to be developed taking into account green belt and AONB rules.

Change suggested by respondent:

Realistic provision of housing with appropriate infrastructure respecting local landscape and AONB designation.

Full text:

In the main VALP, Wendover is identified as a strategic settlement, as is the need to avoid coalescence. Despite that, the plan then identifies Halton for the provision of new homes in Wendover - a small separate settlement with very limited transport links and infrastructure. To say 'at least 1,000 homes' should be provided with no specific details on how schools, medical facilities, shops, transport improvements etc etc would be provided is not a plan at all. The provision of one minor junction improvement is inadequate in response to the very real issues. These roads are already gridlocked at some times of day, Wendover doctors, schools and parking facilities for shops are already over capacity. Before land is taken out of the green belt, especially that of high quality adjacent to the AONB it should be clear that these issues can be addressed and that appropriate development at this scale can be realised. Housing need alone, especially where there are significant issues, does not justify green belt release.