Aylesbury Vale Area

Support

VALP Main Modifications

Representation ID: 3534

Received: 12/12/2019

Respondent: Slough Borough Council

Representation Summary:

One of the proposed main modifications is that the total housing provision in the plan should be increased from 27,400 to 28,600. Whilst the text continues to explain that this allows for 5,750 houses to meet Chiltern and South Bucks needs, the reference to this in Policy S2 is now recommended to be deleted. This Council support the proposed modification to the policy and the increase in the housing provision figure.

Full text:

One of the proposed main modifications is that the total housing provision in the plan should be increased from 27,400 to 28,600. Whilst the text continues to explain that this allows for 5,750 houses to meet Chiltern and South Bucks needs, the reference to this in Policy S2 is now recommended to be deleted. This Council support the proposed modification to the policy and the increase in the housing provision figure.

Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP) Main Modifications Consultation (November 2019)
-The examination into the Aylesbury Vale Local Plan took place in July 2018. A key part of this plan is the proposal to meet Chiltern and South Bucks unmet housing needs by building an additional 5,750 dwellings in houses in Aylesbury.

-This Council made representations at the examination that it was not reasonable or sustainable to import housing from outside of the "functional" Housing Market Area such as the southern part of South Bucks. It was estimated that 1,750 houses fell into this category and so this number should be deducted from the number of houses being built in Aylesbury to accommodate South Bucks unmet need.

-Inspector published his interim finding in August 2018. This concluded that the plan could be made sound through modifications which are now the subject to public consultation until the 17th December.

-The Inspector has proposed that the total housing provision in the plan should be increased from 27,400 to 28,600. Whilst the text continues to explain that this allows for 5,750 houses to meet Chiltern and South Bucks needs, the reference to this in Policy S2 is now recommended to be deleted. It is recommended that this proposed modification to the policy should be supported.

-The plan was prepared under the now superseded 2012 version of the NPPF. As a result the Objectively Assessed Housing Need figure for Aylesbury of 20,600 was derived from their own Housing Needs Assessment. All plans now have to use the Government's standard methodology for calculating housing needs. Using this, the current housing needs figure for Aylesbury would be 29,520. This means that the plan is not actually going to meet the District's own needs and there is no scope for it to provide for the 8,000 unmet needs from Wycombe, Chiltern and South Bucks.

-It is not possible to object to the proposed modifications on this basis but it makes it all the more important that the figures are removed from Policy S2.