Aylesbury Vale Area

Object

VALP Main Modifications

Representation ID: 3462

Received: 16/12/2019

Respondent: Mr Andrew Smith

Legally compliant? Not specified

Sound? Not specified

Representation Summary:

(Officer's summary)
Housing Numbers:
The increase in housing numbers for large developments raises the question of the modifications required in Aylesbury's over-congested road network to cope with these. I can see no evidence of these. In the case of Hampden Fields development this has moved from an initial 3,000 to "around 3,111" and now to "at least 3,358". I find the process and result confusing - on the one hand we use words such as "around" and "at least" indicating a degree of approximation and on the other hand precise numbers such as 1,757 / 3,358.

Change suggested by respondent:

Not provided

Full text:

The following are my comments on the VALP Main Modifications:

Oxford - Cambridge Expressway:
I am disappointed that this has not had more focus so that we can begin to understand exactly how the impact of this is being assessed since it appears to be one of the major investments promised by the new government. More effort should have been put into assessing the strategic implications of the Expressway and planning ahead for a number of realistic alternatives to ensure a sound result.

Housing Numbers:
The increase in housing numbers for large developments raises the question of the modifications required in Aylesbury's over-congested road network to cope with these. I can see no evidence of these. In the case of Hampden Fields development this has moved from an initial 3,000 to "around 3,111" and now to "at least 3,358". I find the process and result confusing - on the one hand we use words such as "around" and "at least" indicating a degree of approximation and on the other hand precise numbers such as 1,757 / 3,358. Net result I must question the soundness of the process. In the case of Hampden Fields, I worry that this creep from the original 3,000 to 3,358 affects the value of the traffic analysis used in the Hampden Fields proposals and the capability of the proposed infrastructure to cope with these increases.

HS2:
Like most people in this part of Bucks, given the changes in costs and benefits of HS2, I am waiting on the decision as to whether this project will go ahead, in what form and on what timescale.
Given the significance of this, I maintain that it will be unsound to proceed with the present VLAP until this decision has been made and the impacts have been assessed and incorporated.

If cancelled or radically changed then without the funds for our local road system included in the HS2 proposal I believe that AVDC/BCC will be unable to fund their plans. i.e the VLAP as it stands has not been prepared to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements under these differing conditions.