Aylesbury Vale Area

Object

VALP Main Modifications

Representation ID: 3101

Received: 17/12/2019

Respondent: Dr Michael Stubbs

Legally compliant? No

Sound? No

Representation Summary:

That the cycle link via the airfield development must be delivered in the first phase and is not an either/or option with the Churchway link but a fundamental pre-requisit as it (a) creates a safe route (b) Is directly routed to the station and (c) promotes place-making, active travel and a quality of life.

Change suggested by respondent:

The site should be accessed via Churchway with the retention of the existing footpaths and further provision of pedestrian and cycle linkages through the site and into the village including [BOTH] along Churchway, to the train station and with [A PRIMARY CYCLE AND WALKING CONNECTION VIA THE ] with the adjoining approved Haddenham Airfield development

Full text:

The policy criterion dealing with the cycle linkages still requires precision and to ensure desirability (under the NPPF tests) must be tightened. It should say [denoting changes]....

The site should be accessed via Churchway with the retention of the existing footpaths and further provision of pedestrian and cycle linkages through the site and into the village including [BOTH] along Churchway, to the train station and with [A PRIMARY CYCLEANDWALKING CONNECTION VIA THE ] with the adjoining approved Haddenham Airfield development DELETED:if appropriate and possible INSERTED:(site HAD005 on the VALP Policies Map)

The route via Churchway is not a direct and safe route to the station and the newly created link via HADD 007 direct to the station across the airfield development is a tangible improvement and also serves a large swathe of the N of the village, who also benefit from this access. Reasoned justification in the next must acknowledge that this link is a pre-condition and that the Churchway link alone will not satisfy the policy.
The VALP strategic policies support this place-making and active travel promotion, which is so fundamental to promoting behavioural change and climate change objectives and improving quality of life. These small textual changes reinforce the point that the airfield link is a fundamental policy requirement.