Aylesbury Vale Area

Object

VALP Main Modifications

Representation ID: 3070

Received: 16/12/2019

Respondent: Cllr David Lyons

Legally compliant? No

Sound? No

Representation Summary:

The land is not suitable for so many houses because of access/safety issues
along Creslow Way and the presence of heritage fruit trees on the site.

Change suggested by respondent:

Reduce the number of houses to 10.

Full text:

Modifications to the original plan include increasing the total number of
houses to be developed on the land South of Creslow Way from 10 houses to a
minimum of 26 by 2023. This increase will use approximately one quarter of
the available site with only a single entry and exit point on to Creslow
Way between houses numbers 18 and 20.
This proposed increase in the number of houses raises questions as to how
the increases was calculated and whether its impact on the existing
properties in Creslow Way was considered.

Creslow Way is already congested with cars parked along the pavement along
the length of the road, because it is too narrow for cars to pass cars
parked in the road. Many young families live along this road and need to
travel along the road to access the play and leisure facilities at St
Johns, often having to walk in the road around parked cars. This is also a
problem for the elderly and infirm and can lead to social isolation.
Increasing the density of housing will lead to more road traffic and
exacerbate the problems encountered by existing residents.

Before accepting the proposed increase in density I would seek an assurance
that continue safe access for emergency vehicles onto an extensive estate
with a single narrow road access/egress, has been satisfactorily assessed.

The proposed site includes the remains of the original gardens and orchard
of the former St Johns Hospital. A number of heritage apple trees and
other species remain in good condition and have benefited from tree
protection orders which prevent their removal by developers. There are
generally few apple trees in Stone and those that remain on this site are
understood to be local heritage species and are much valued by residents.
Increasing the density would likely lead to trees being removed and the
loss of rare local heritage flora that could not easily be replaced.