Aylesbury Vale Area


VALP Main Modifications

Representation ID: 3279

Received: 17/12/2019

Respondent: Maids Moreton Parish Council

Legally compliant? No

Sound? No

Representation Summary:

If site BUC051 is deemed to have a detrimental impact of traffic on the town centre without construction of the western relief road, sites BUC043 and MMO006 in particular would have an equally damaging impact, being more car dependent and further from key facilities. The latter two mentioned sites contravene NPPF, Para 34.

There is a lack of an 'holistic' approach and consistency to the VALP's interpretation of the BTS. It is not positively prepared and it is therefore, in our view, unsound.

Change suggested by respondent:

Site development has to be coherent with parallel development of infrastructure. As proposed, this need is not evident. Sites BUC043 and MMO006 would result in unsustainable development, particularly on transport grounds and this result is further compounded by this proposed change and the consequent lack of adequate attention to already severe traffic flow problems within Buckingham and Maids Moreton.

Full text:

MM083 - delete site BUC051
The implications of the removal of this site from the VALP, in our view render BUC043, BUC046 and MMO006 unsustainable. The argument based on the Buckingham Town Centre Modelling Report 2019 demonstrates that future development on these VALP allocated sites will have a detrimental impact on the town's network of roads without a western relief road. BUC043 and MMO006 are the furthest away from all facilities (e.g. supermarkets/employment centres), are dependent on traffic travelling through the town centre, or through the narrow, rural roads of Maids Moreton, creating "significant movement" and maximizing the need for travel, contrary to NPPF, Para 34. The updated, and relevant, evidence supported by the modelling report of May 2019 (on which, according to NPPF paragraph 158, the Local Plan must be based) clearly regards developments that will impact on the town centre unsustainable without a western relief road.