Aylesbury Vale Area

Object

VALP Main Modifications

Representation ID: 3211

Received: 17/12/2019

Respondent: James Brokenbrow

Legally compliant? Not specified

Sound? Not specified

Representation Summary:

The original Local Plan miserably failed to provide a credible solution to the increase in road traffic that the massive housing increase will create. I see that the modifications to the plan now increases the planned number of houses to be built with no improvement whatsoever to the transport infrastructure plan.

Full text:

From my daily conversations on the subject with friends and neighbours, I believe the residents of Aylesbury Town are frustrated almost to the point of revolution by the current appalling daily traffic congestion and regular gridlock throughout the town.

The original Local Plan miserably failed to provide a credible solution to the increase in road traffic that the massive housing increase will create. I see that the modifications to the plan now increases the planned number of houses to be built with no improvement whatsoever to the transport infrastructure plan.

D-AGT1 now promises at least 1000 houses, not around 1000.
D-AGT2 increases to at least 1590.
D-AGT3 increases to at least 1757.
D-AGT4 increases to at least 3358.

This is a 5.5% increase in numbers and caveated by "at least". Perhaps the numbers may be doubled and still meet the criterion of "at least" and undoubtedly there would still be no improvement to the traffic management proposals.

I fell that you must live and sleep in your building because if you move around the town almost at any time of the day, but particularly early morning and at school closing time the traffic is stuck. Traffic queueing on the A41 bypass from the Arla junction, all the way into and through the town. Traffic queueing on Oakfield Road waiting to get to the traffic lights at the Horse and Jockey to go up the Buckingham road. Traffic queuing at 7.00 from the Bucks Yeoman to exit from Bedgrove onto the Wendover road. 30 minutes to travel from Parton Road to Stoke Mandeville station at 7.10 in the morning. It is currently hopeless and your housing proposals will make it even worse were such a thing be possible.

The words in the modifications to the plan are frankly laughable. To say you plan effectively for the traffic is fantasy. Where is the proof based on the latest developments? It is a disaster.

"We seek to meet objectively assessed development and Infrastructure requirements" is loud sounding nothing. Where is the track record? Why should anyone believe such cant when all the latest developments have led to traffic gridlock at certain times of the day.

My recommendation is that you implement a properly thought out integrated traffic strategy that not only cures all the current issues, but provides capacity for significant growth. Then build the houses. Please have the intelligence to put the horse before the cart for all our sakes.