Aylesbury Vale Area

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Support

VALP Proposed Submission

Representation ID: 161

Received: 11/11/2017

Respondent: Mrs Sheila Bulpett

Representation:

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 , following the Princess Mary Gate development and the slow appreciation of impending need! GP appointments are 14 day wait unless urgent!

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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 , following the Princess Mary Gate development and the slow appreciation of impending need! GP appointments are 14 day wait unless urgent!

Object

VALP Proposed Submission

Representation ID: 296

Received: 11/12/2017

Respondent: Mr John Currell

Legally compliant? Not specified

Sound? Not specified

Duty to co-operate? Not specified

Representation:

"Timely" will normally mean in advance of development.
This paragraph needs strengthening

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

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"Timely" will normally mean in advance of development.
This paragraph needs strengthening

Support

VALP Proposed Submission

Representation ID: 506

Received: 10/12/2017

Respondent: Mrs Nicky Gregory

Representation:

It is imperative that all infrastructure must be started at the beginning of any development, not during or at the end. Local services are already under pressure without any further development in the area.

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It is imperative that all infrastructure must be started at the beginning of any development, not during or at the end. Local services are already under pressure without any further development in the area.

Support

VALP Proposed Submission

Representation ID: 517

Received: 10/12/2017

Respondent: Mrs Roz Green

Representation:

Infrastructure should always be started at the beginning of any development . Local services, certainly in Wendover and the surrounding area, are already under pressure and need improvement now before any new development.

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Infrastructure should always be started at the beginning of any development . Local services, certainly in Wendover and the surrounding area, are already under pressure and need improvement now before any new development.

Object

VALP Proposed Submission

Representation ID: 1578

Received: 12/12/2017

Respondent: Wendover Parish Council

Legally compliant? Not specified

Sound? Not specified

Duty to co-operate? Not specified

Representation:

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.

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.

The WPC supports the provision of a new primary school to serve the new development.

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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.

Object

VALP Proposed Submission

Representation ID: 2526

Received: 14/12/2017

Respondent: Aylesbury Society

Legally compliant? Not specified

Sound? Not specified

Duty to co-operate? Not specified

Representation:

This paragraph reflects a wish rather than a policy. It is by no means certain that necessary infrastructure will be delivered 'in timely manner' or even at all

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The Aylesbury Society
General Points
1. The Society's response is only concerned with those aspects of the plan which we believe imping on Aylesbury itself.
2. Our response will only deal with areas within which we have some knowledge and experience.
3. Arising from Point 2 above we are of the view that the sheer range of the plan (313 pages) together with the considerable number of supporting documents (64 No.) means that a meaningful consultation is not possible. The studies on Housing and Economic Development Needs, Sustainability, Cumulative Growth Impact, Housing Land Supply, New Settlement, Green belt, Land Availability, Sequential test Landscape, Open Space and Recreation, Retail, Viability Assessment, Aylesbury Transport Strategy, Countrywide Traffic Modelling, Housing Delivery and Infrastructure Delivery are generally comprehensive documents with major 'chapter' devoted to Aylesbury and its surrounds. There are no bodies with the range of skills to deal holistically with the various aspects.
4. In several cases, particularly transportation, the studies are incomplete, leaving doubts as to the conclusions in the proposed plan or effect on the existing area.
5. A major and significant omission is the lack of consideration of air quality and to what degree it will deteriorate as a result of development.
6. Failure to comment on some aspects of the plan does not imply approval or agreement to those aspects.
7. There is a need for a policy on community assets.
Before considering the principles and policies we wish to comment on the VALP definition of the town centre. It is defined as including Aylesbury College, Morrison's, the Vale Park. We would define it more narrowly as the area bound by the Chiltern Line railways, Exchange Street, New Street and Oxford Road including Friars Square, Market Square, Hale Leys and the High Street.
The remaining areas in the Town Centre Plan we consider as edge of centre with the exceptions of the Aqua Vale Centre which is accessed from the Park Road and well over 800 meters from the main retail area and therefore detached.
This smaller area is where the signs of decline and the need for regeneration are most obvious. Including area further out has the effect of glossing over the extent to which the town centre as defined more narrowly has been undermined by the way that retail parks and big supermarkets have been allowed in other parts of the town - a past failure a adopt what the Town Centre Plan calls a 'connected whole town approach.
Section 3 - Strategic
Para 3.3 - Should include reference to social facilities such as community centres, church halls, public houses, cafes etc.
Para 3.6 - We do not consider that the VALP has taken sufficient account of water and transport constraints nor that sustainability of residential location has been fully taken into account (see later).
Para. 3.13 - The location of the 'oversupply' of employment land reflects the lack of connectivity of some sites to the transport network.
Para 3.41 - Reflects a wish rather than a policy. It is by no means certain that necessary infrastructure will be4 delivered 'in timely manner' or even at all (see letter).

Section 4
Para. 4.13 - If Aylesbury town centre is to be a sub-regional centre then it requires exhibition halls and areas set aside for use for open air festivals. None of these are present nor are they proposed in Policy D7. The polices and proposals in the Town Centre Plan do not appear to have been brought forward in Policies D7 and D8. Nor do any proposals for 'greening' the town centre as a whole appear in the document.
Para 4.16 - The three transport studies in the supporting evidence demonstrate that the following three objective will not be achieved; minimising the impact of future growth on traffic levels, congestion and air quality, improving journey time reliability and improving access and movement in the town centre.
Para 4.18 - makes no reference to community centres and village halls.
Para 4.28 (1) How will traffic growth be managed?
(2) No road improvements are proposed in the existing built up area
(3) Where will festivals be staged?
(4) There are no proposals to slow or stop the drift of employees away from the centre (e.g to Gatehouse) which is one of the root causes of the decline of the town centre.
(5) How will the growth of Aylesbury narrow the gap between the affluent and less well off...... Explain.
Policy D1 (b) According to the infrastructure Delivery Plan infrastructure will NOT be provided at the right time.
Policy D1 (h) A sub-policy is required to prevent residential encroachment by fencing hedging or construction onto local green infrastructure.
Policy D6 requires a clause setting limits to non retails uses in the town centre retail areas.
Para 4.196 Where will open space be provided, what will it be used for? A more positive statement and location and required.
Para 4.220 Makes no mention of narrow footways in Buckingham St., and Cambridge St., the unnecessary intrusion of vehicles into Kingsbury and Market Square and the new to extend the long standing pedestrianisation of Upper High Street.
Para 4.227 Parking policy and shop types need to take into account the sharp rise in 'click and pick-up' e.g. Argos and Waitrose/John Lewis which may well be the future of shopping in town centre. It may be that short term 'drive through' parking will arise
Section 5 - Housing
As policy is driven by government pressure we have no comment to make on number. However, we believe that no all reasonable alternatives sites have been considered. Given the road and rail improvements proposed across the congestion on Tring Road and Bedgrove without mitigation measures and lesser effects with full mitigation. In the summary table 5A Aylesbury it is stated that neither mitigation scenario fully negates the local plan impact.
The Aylesbury Transport Strategy has three objectives: to improve transport connectivity and accessibility, to improve accessibility to other urban centres and to contribute to improving air by minimising the growth in traffic levels and congestion. This last is clearly a contradiction, further objectives are: improving journey time reliability, reducing accidents and making it easier to travel by bus, cycle and foot.
The base year AM analysis shows congestion in the AM Peak on Tring Road, Wendover Road, all a road approaches to the Walton Triangle and Oxford Road. The congestion plot for the AM peak is 2033 without mitigation shows extensive serious congestion on Tring Road, Wendover Road, Lower Road and on all approaches to the Walton Triangle. The model shows, with full mitigation, serious congestion arises on Oxford Road, Lower Road, Bedgrove, Tring Road, Broughton Lane Buckingham Road and Bicester Road (Fig. 6.5 and 6.6).
AVDC produced a Transport Topic Paper with the draft submission. The paper sets out the purpose of the above papers and lists the previous public comments and AVDC's response.
It is our view that the comparisons of changes in traffic conditions do not properly take into account the several residential developments approved in the recent past. These pre-empted the VALP and their impact is not considered. It is our view that the transport infrastructure to be provided is inadequate for the ultimate level of development including those recently approached development.
No consideration has been given to the potential effects of enlarging both Winslow and Haddenham instead of just one.
Despite occasional references within the explanatory paragraphs there is no policy on park and ride.
There is no policy on priority for public transport nor a comprehensive approach to bus priority except as an indication on one plan.
8. Air Quality NE 6
From traffic studies it can be seen that congestion is likely to increase significantly on Lowe Road, Stoke Road, Tring Road and Wendover Road at least until such time as the link road network is complete. Congestion will decrease air quality particularly on Tring Road.
It is suggested that the following sub clauses be added to 'Air Quality'
g. Any development proposed which is shown to lower air quality on Tring Road, Wendover Road, Lower Road and Stoke Road will not be permitted.
Sub clause (e) needs to indicate that if air quality standards elsewhere are likely to be breached elsewhere development will not be permitted.
Infrastructure Delivery Plan
As a society we do not have the expertise and experience to comprehensively comment on the full range of infrastructure needs. Our comments are this limited to transport.
Although most of the link roads are marked 'critical' in the IDP for completion by 2023 (medium term) several are 'developer contribution' funded with no indication as to whether this is in whole or in part. Several have vague indicative costs.
The Western Link is described as critical but 'funding could be an issue'. The North East Link is described as 'necessary' in contrast to all the other links. There is no explanation for this anomaly. Funding is also vague.
Park and ride (in association with the PPTCs) is described as desirable. It is the society's view that it is essential and critical particularly in interim period when the links are piecemeal.
Overall we are of the opinion that there should be policy of no further development until at least two park and ride sites, linked by bus priority measures, are available and the system of link is substantially complete.
A policy of monitoring the transport infrastructure should be included which includes levels of congestion, air quality, accident rates and reliability of travel time by all modes of transport.