Aylesbury Vale Area

3.32

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Support

VALP Proposed Submission

Representation ID: 159

Received: 11/11/2017

Respondent: Mrs Sheila Bulpett

Representation:

I fully endorse the removal of the site for 800 dwellings from the Plan as it involved using Green Belt land.

Full text:

I fully endorse the removal of the site for 800 dwellings from the Plan as it involved using Green Belt land.

Object

VALP Proposed Submission

Representation ID: 504

Received: 10/12/2017

Respondent: Mrs Nicky Gregory

Legally compliant? Not specified

Sound? Not specified

Duty to co-operate? Not specified

Representation:

I do not agree with any redefinition of the Green Belt boundaries. The Green Belt was original brought into being to protect the countryside and definition of villages and small towns. This protection is still needed and for this reason the boundaries should not be changed.

Full text:

I do not agree with any redefinition of the Green Belt boundaries. The Green Belt was original brought into being to protect the countryside and definition of villages and small towns. This protection is still needed and for this reason the boundaries should not be changed.

Object

VALP Proposed Submission

Representation ID: 516

Received: 10/12/2017

Respondent: Mrs Roz Green

Legally compliant? Not specified

Sound? Not specified

Duty to co-operate? Not specified

Representation:

I do not agree with any redefinition of the Green Belt boundaries. The purpose of the Green Belt is and has always been, to protect the countryside and the defining areas between villages and small towns. This protection is of paramount importance and is still needed. The boundaries should never be changed.

Officer Note: changed from support to Object - due to criticism

Full text:

I do not agree with any redefinition of the Green Belt boundaries. The purpose of the Green Belt is and has always been, to protect the countryside and the defining areas between villages and small towns. This protection is of paramount importance and is still needed. The boundaries should never be changed.

Support

VALP Proposed Submission

Representation ID: 683

Received: 13/12/2017

Respondent: Whaddon Parish Council

Representation:

WPC not only wish the Inspector to understand our support for the RAF Halton site, but also our reasons as to why this general location must also be considered in the future - and not automatically excluded.

Full text:

WPC welcomes and supports the inclusion of the RAF Halton site which should have the capacity for some 1000 homes, and possibly more in the future. WPC believe that as this is essentially an already developed site within the green belt, which has an existing urbanising impact, it's release from the green belt - subject to further review and careful examination is fully justified. WPC accepts that for the time being, the previous revision to the green belt - i.e. 'to provide a site for approximately 800 dwellings to the north of Wendover with the Green Belt removal potentially justified on the basis that there was very little capacity identified without this' is also justified but this statement must not be 'cast in stone', because the need for housing (whilst potentially satisfied in the short term) will remain in the next review of this plan following the Governments new housing calculation methodology, and the increasing needs emanating from Wycombe and South Bucks councils. For this reason WPC agrees that ' it is considered premature to define the boundary of the site to be released from the Green Belt', at present, as this 800 dwelling site could well be required in any future review. In simple terms, if the site was considered suitable for release this time around, it should be considered again during the review, as clearly AVDC were content to promote its exclusion from the green belt had the Halton site not been released by the MOD. WPC are not familiar with the local issues or landscape and traffic constraints, but it seems that a potential 800 home site could well form the basis for consideration for a new Garden Town Settlement, perhaps with other land outside this part of the green belt along with other potential candidates within AVDC such as Haddenham, Winslow, Calvert, Verney Junction located within AVDC, and Princes Risborough. It has yet to be examined where the most sustainable location should be, but all locations must be carefully examined to ensure that the Vale is best served, and the delivery of HS2 and the Expressway are fully justified.

Support

VALP Proposed Submission

Representation ID: 898

Received: 14/12/2017

Respondent: Chiltern Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Conservation Board

Representation:

The Chilterns Conservation Board supports the Council's decision to drop the greenfield site north of Wendover, this was also in the setting of the Chilterns AONB. RAF Halton is a better option. Both together would have a negative cumulative effect.

Full text:

The Chilterns Conservation Board supports the Council's decision to drop the greenfield site north of Wendover, this was also in the setting of the Chilterns AONB. RAF Halton is a better option. Both together would have a negative cumulative effect.

Object

VALP Proposed Submission

Representation ID: 1395

Received: 10/12/2017

Respondent: Mr Andrew Burnett

Legally compliant? Not specified

Sound? Not specified

Duty to co-operate? Not specified

Representation:

I agree with this, but the planned developments at Hampden Fields and Stoke Mandeville are contrary to the policy and would result in the disappearance of open countryside between Aylesbury, Stoke Mandeville, Weston Turville and Aston Clinton. It is essential that these communities remain separate and do not end up as part of an expanded Aylesbury. It is also essential that the existing clear separation between Wendover, Weston Turville and Halton continues, and that no green belt land is released for housing, now or in the future.

Full text:

3.22 Preserving character and identities of neighbouring settlements and resisting development compromising open countryside between settlements
I agree with this, but the planned developments at Hampden Fields and Stoke Mandeville are contrary to the policy and would result in the disappearance of open countryside between Aylesbury, Stoke Mandeville, Weston Turville and Aston Clinton. It is essential that these communities remain separate and do not end up as part of an expanded Aylesbury. It is also essential that the existing clear separation between Wendover, Weston Turville and Halton continues, and that no green belt land is released for housing, now or in the future.
(this comment is also relevant to D-AGTl South Aylesbury; 3.32 Green Belt)

Support

VALP Proposed Submission

Representation ID: 1577

Received: 12/12/2017

Respondent: Wendover Parish Council

Representation:

The WPC fully endorses the removal of the site for 800 dwellings from the Plan as it involved using Green Belt land.

The WPC welcomes the decision to leave the Green Belt status of Land around Wendover unchanged. Access to unspoiled and undeveloped countryside draws visitors to the Wendover area and enhances the quality of life for our residents.

Full text:

INTRODUCTION
The Wendover Parish Council (WPC) represents the 8000 residents of Wendover. An historic market town that is known as the Gateway to the Chilterns.

S2 Table 1 Spatial Growth for Growth
The WPC welcomes the consideration of Wendover and Halton RAF camp together as the 1128 houses in the local area will impact greatly on the infrastructure of Wendover both in services and traffic.

The WPC have concerns over the coalescence of Halton Village and Wendover however, as a result of this development and who will gain S106 funds as both Parishes will be impacted.

Employment
1.14
The provision of local jobs is supported by the WPC. The RAF Halton site, with its history of technological excellence, offers an opportunity to attract employers that offer quality jobs and above average pay rates.

Town Centres
1.15
The WPC calculates that a retail provision of 50 sq.m. is more realistic than the 29 sq.m. currently proposed. The WPC and our retailing colleagues in our Chamber of Trade would be able to give accurate information on the local retail scene.

Housing and Economic Needs
3.14
Infrastructure should be provided where development takes place. It is likely that Wendover will serve as a major hub for the development. Hence infrastructure benefit i.e. cash/new housing bonus allocation should be spent in Wendover.

The proposal for 1000 new homes to be built at the RAF Halton site is a late addition to the plan and will undoubtedly result in challenges for Wendover's infrastructure, commerce and community.

This figure is likely to rise substantially over time and it's to be hoped that improvements to Wendover's transport and other resources will be in line with this growth.

An allocation of low cost housing for people who have to live or work in Wendover to buy would be welcome.

The WPC greatly values the greens spaces and mature trees on the RAF Halton Estate.

3.15
We expect a new settlement to form part of that Local Plan review. Halton could be the new settlement that is referred to - separate from Wendover with its own infrastructure provision.




Proposed Settlement
3.22/3/4
The WPC would request there is no development between the 2 Parishes of Wendover and Halton, and that Babbington Road remains the Border.

Green Belt
3.32
The WPC fully endorses the removal of the site for 800 dwellings from the Plan as it involved using Green Belt land.

The WPC welcomes the decision to leave the Green Belt status of Land around Wendover unchanged. Access to unspoiled and undeveloped countryside draws visitors to the Wendover area and enhances the quality of life for our residents.

Infrastructure
3.41
School and GP provision must be instigated at the start of a development as existing services in the Wendover area are already over capacity. Infant pupils in the catchment are unable to obtain places in the local school at present. GP appointments are currently a 14 day wait unless urgent.

Medical Services
The WPC has serious concerns regarding health care provision. Currently the healthcare provider Westongrove appears to have difficulty recruiting doctors and nurses, and in delivering a satisfactory level of service. It is important to Wendover that care provision of all kinds scales up in a proportional way as development goes forward and giving due consideration to key worker housing.

Schools and Early Years Provision
The WPC supports the provision of a new primary school to serve the new development. Concerns regarding availability of education provision for additional younger and older children from the proposed housing will need to be addressed.

Recently the expansion of school capacity in Wendover proved to be a contentious issue. The reason was to do with the highway infrastructure and parking availability that surrounds the school being totally inadequate for the existing traffic demands.

S5
In planning terms for a new development, regard should be given to existing deficiencies in services and infrastructure, hence new car parking facilities (or extension of existing parking facilities) and extra health facilities should be provided.

Water Issues
3.46
Water and the disposal of waste are essential to new development. Priority needs to be focussed on sustainability and the health of rivers and the water table.






Neighbourhood Plan
3.68-3.74
It is to be hoped that when the WPC Neighbourhood Plan has been approved, AVDC will take it into account when approving planning applications etc.

RAF Halton Near Wendover
4.131-4.135
The policy recognises that the RAF base is in Halton Parish and proposes 1000 houses.

The 1st phase proposes redevelopment and refurbishment of existing buildings. The implication is that the 2nd phase could be in the green belt.

A concern in the previous Princess Mary Gate development was that refurbished RAF houses in Halton Wood Road were not taken into account when the final housing numbers were quantified. Therefore, hardly any account was taken of a transitory population replacement with a permanent one and the resultant extra pressures put upon Wendover infrastructure.

At present, in Wendover, there are approx. 180 RAF houses in Tedder Road, 50-60 in Haddington Close (Halton/Wendover Parish) and at least another 200-300 officer housing in Halton Parish.

4.138
The WPC agree with most of this statement but not the "link with Halton and Wendover" as this will be coalescence of 2 distinct villages. Both Villages have a long history of a strong individual identity, which neither would wish to see removed.
Transport Strategy
4.17
Wendover continues to suffer from excessive traffic congestion at key periods during the day - attributable to "rush hour" and "school run" volumes. The village would benefit from completion of the existing by-pass into a full ring-road.

Trains need more carriages and cheaper parking at the stations.

Cycle routes should avoid the current criss-crossing of the main roads as this is a dangerous aspect of cycling.

Delivering Allocated Sites Halton/Wendover
4.125
The WPC supports the development of 1000 dwellings at Halton RAF camp. The roads/parking etc will not cope with increased volume of traffic. It was hoped that the sporting facilities on site would be an excellent facility for the local area. The current map indicates these in the main housing development which seems a complete waste of the high quality astroturf and centre.





Aylesbury - An Area of Leisure and Entertainment
4.229
The leisure facilities identified are good but inadequate with more needed in the central area. For example, an ice rink, bowling alley and gym where badminton, squash etc would encourage people into Aylesbury.
Events like the Roald Dahl Procession and Summer In The Park are very popular and help to retain community identity. Attention should be given to facilities focussed on younger children like soft
play that would allow one parent to shop whilst the other parent can entertain their child/children in a safe environment.
Transport and Parking
7.27
The WPC strongly supports vehicle parking being designed into new developments to include on-plot parking and adequate on-street parking. People need vehicles to travel to places of work not accessible by public transport and to be able to park them securely and safely. The WPC has major concerns regarding transport links and road network shortcomings.

The pressure on Wendover's already busy roads will only be made worse by the Halton development. To mitigate some of this negative effect will require a traffic management plan that is agreed with local Parishes.

Congestion and parking issues can only become a larger problem as the Halton developments proceed.

Traffic
The WPC finds that the presentation of traffic data is confusing and unhelpful. Wendover is expecting the significant negative effects of HS2 construction traffic on the B4009 and the A413 this will be long term and is likely to be at its peak during the Halton development. We acknowledge that this is not a permanent effect, but it is going to be a long-term feature of motoring in the Vale of Aylesbury for a significant proportion of the VALP.

Car parking
The WPC believes that any traffic modelling needs to take parking into account. Wendover has too few parking spaces, both on road and off road, to meet today's demands. Parking pressures are generated by....

Commuters : Parking all day in our residential streets.
Visitors : Using our shops, health services, cafes and accessing the countryside.
Residents : Using our shops, health services, schools, cafes and other facilities.
Workers : People who need to be in Wendover to run our business' or to build or repair things.

Any infrastructure planning associated with this plan needs to remedy Wendover's existing parking problems as well as develop for future need.






Protected Sites
NE1
All protected sites need an area around them to function without impact from development and it is to be hoped that this will be upheld in future planning approvals. Connectivity between sites is also necessary to maintain healthy populations of fauna and flora.

Wendover Woods is a geological site which should be protected. The derelict Thames Water site on Aylesbury Road is a non-statutory designated site, it should be protected.

Trees and Hedgerows
9.59
Trees and hedgerows are essential and AVDC must ensure that developers respect them, during construction by careful monitoring.

Green Infrastructure
11.12
The current RAF Halton with its excellent sports facilities could be a real asset to the area and should be developed sympathetically.
Protection of Key Employment Sites
E1 & E2
The WPC supports this strategy and would encourage further development within our area of sites suitable for expansion of the creative/high tech industries.

Conclusion
Change is on the way and the value of a proper plan for the Vale is beyond dispute. The structure and content of the VALP as presented seems sound in general but lacks detail as to a number of specific issues. It is to be hoped that this consultation will influence the VALP to provide solutions to these local issues.