Aylesbury Vale Area

Object

VALP Main Modifications

Representation ID: 3456

Received: 09/01/2020

Respondent: Carter Jonas - Associate SWMK Consortium

Legally compliant? Yes

Sound? No

Representation Summary:

It is requested that the date when RAF Halton will close is confirmed so that the dates are consistent throughout PSVALP. As set out in the SWMK Consortium's representations to Main Modification MM088, it is suggested that much less housing will be delivered from the RAF Halton site during the plan period than currently predicted because of the range of tasks that need to be completed before development can commence.

It is anticipated that the redevelopment of the RAF Halton site for housing would much be more complex and delivery would take much longer than currently predicted; the redevelopment of other former RAF sites demonstrate the likelihood of delays to housing deliver at the RAF Halton site.

Change suggested by respondent:

It is requested that the date when RAF Halton will close is consistent throughout PSVALP, and that the housing trajectory for the site is amended to reflect the full range of tasks that need to be completed before housing can be delivered.

Full text:

Main Modification MM016 states that RAF Halton is due to close in 2026. However, there is some inconsistency between the closure date of RAF Halton referred to in Main Modification MM016 and elsewhere in Proposed Submission Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (PSVALP); Main Modification MM088 anticipates that housing will be delivered from 2023, and Appendix A (containing the housing trajectory and referenced in Main Modification MM023) anticipates that first housing completions will occur during 2024/25. It is noted that previously in PSVALP and in the DIO Hearing Statement for Matter 15r: RAF Halton it was stated that closure would occur in 2022.

It is requested that the date when RAF Halton will close is confirmed so that the dates are consistent throughout PSVALP. The closure date has an impact on the housing trajectory for PSVALP. It is noted that the housing trajectory contained in Appendix A (see Main Modification MM023) and in the VALP Housing Land Supply Document July 2018 [Doc Ref. ED 213] that housing is due to be delivered at the RAF Halton site from 2024/25 i.e. before the site is closed and operations have ceased, which is unrealistic. As set out in the SWMK Consortium's representations to Main Modification MM088, it is suggested that much less housing will be delivered from the RAF Halton site during the plan period than currently predicted because of the range of tasks that need to be completed before development can commence.

It is anticipated that the redevelopment of the RAF Halton site for housing would much be more complex and delivery would take much longer than currently predicted; the redevelopment of other former RAF sites demonstrate the likelihood of delays to housing deliver at the RAF Halton site.