Aylesbury Vale Area

Support

VALP Main Modifications

Representation ID: 3207

Received: 11/12/2019

Respondent: South Oxfordshire District Council

Representation Summary:

South Oxfordshire District Council supports the modification of the plan to remove reference to the need for an early review as this plan appropriately deals with the issues at hand. Additionally, the council supports the deletion from the supporting text in paragraph 3.15 which states 'We expect a new settlement to form part of that Local Plan'. While we acknowledge this may be necessary in the future to account for any changes in national policy and the impact of nationally important infrastructure projects, we believe the approach to distributing growth cannot be predetermined and must follow due process based on the most up to date evidence base.

Full text:

Dear Sir/Madam
South Oxfordshire District Council response to the Aylesbury Vale Local Plan Main Modifications Consultation.
Thank you for giving South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) the opportunity to comment on the Main Modifications Consultation documents. Having reviewed the modified Local Plan and supporting documents, SODC can confirm that we are satisfied the modified plan is sound, legally compliant and justified.
We acknowledge that the housing requirement has increased from 27,400 to 28,600 in addition with the number of homes to be delivered in the plan period which includes an increased buffer of 5.7% to account for under delivery. Overall, this results in 30,233 homes planned for in the modified plan. Further to this, the increased housing requirement of the modified plan is largely to be met on one additional site in the north east of the district on the edge of Milton Keynes and with amendments to site capacities.
SODC does not consider that changes to the housing requirement for the Aylesbury Vale Local Plan or additional allocations will have any significant negative effect on South Oxfordshire.
South Oxfordshire District Council supports the modification of the plan to remove reference to the need for an early review as this plan appropriately deals with the issues at hand. Additionally, the council supports the deletion from the supporting text in paragraph 3.15 which states 'We expect a new settlement to form part of that Local Plan'. While we acknowledge this may be necessary in the future to account for any changes in national policy and the impact of nationally important infrastructure projects, we believe the approach to distributing growth cannot be predetermined and must follow due process based on the most up to date evidence base.
South Oxfordshire District Council, 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxfordshire
OX14 4SB www.southoxon.gov.uk
South Oxfordshire District Council notes that Aylesbury Vale District Council's
position in relation the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway has subsequently changed
since the submission of the plan. Aylesbury Vale no longer supports the proposal
which has resulted in modifications to Policies T2 and T3. South Oxfordshire District
Council recognises that these changes may be necessary to reflect the updated
political position of the council. However, we would like to ensure the council
continues to engage and work collaboratively with neighbouring authorities and
statutory bodies under the requirement of duty to co-operate to understand the
impact and required mitigation associated with the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway.
Kind Regards
Ryan Hunt
Planning Officer