Aylesbury Vale Area

MM008

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Object

VALP Main Modifications

Representation ID: 2983

Received: 12/12/2019

Respondent: Arnold White Estates

Agent: Arrow Planning Ltd

Legally compliant? Yes

Sound? No

Representation Summary:

In response to overall housing numbers (MM001, 002, 003, 010) breaking the link between
what are low housing numbers with the commitment for an 'early review' is unsound (NPPF
2012 para 182 'justified', 'consistent with national policy').
A Plan based on maintaining that link could only be sound if the early Review was a
commitment.
The reason for this change is the administrative inconvenience of the abolition of AVDC and
its replacement Buckinghamshire Council from April 2020. This is not significant reason to
change 'early' to '5 years from adoption'

Change suggested by respondent:

MM026, and consequent changes
The 'early review' commitment should be reintroduced into Policy S9 by the following amendment
Irrespective of the above criteria, the Plan will be urgently reviewed, not least to reflect the
need for higher housing numbers to reach the stage of another Submitted Plan (currently
Regulation 22) within 2 years of the adoption of this Plan.

Full text:

On behalf of my client Arnold White Estates Ltd I attach our representations on the forms provided. I draw your attention to the difficulty I have found in making these submissions. The Schedule of Modifications does not show the relevant page numbers in the Plan as proposed to be modified, which means cross-referencing is very difficult. For example, in the Modifications Schedule MM027 shows a modification to para 4.7 at p62. The Modified Plan shows this as para 4.9 at p67. The Modification Schedule and the Modified Plan should have the same page and paragraph numbers. Also, for example, there are two Policies D2. In the forms I have sought to group linked Main Modifications on one form where a combined response is then provided. Where necessary I have inserted a blank page to accommodate text that would not fit within the box provided. I trust all of my text will be captured.

Support

VALP Main Modifications

Representation ID: 3054

Received: 17/12/2019

Respondent: Clifton Kirstie (Bovis Homes Limited)

Agent: Define Planning & Design

Representation Summary:

Bovis Homes welcomes AVDC's commitment that any future Local Plan update will take into account newly emerging issues such as the Government's changed methodology on calculating housing need, as well as the impacts of major strategic schemes. In doing so Bovis Homes also welcomes AVDC's commitment to considering other options, besides the provision of a new settlement, and proposes that this must acknowledge the important role the rest of the district outside of Aylesbury Garden Town plays in delivering the required growth.

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Of course there is a need to plan positively for, and meet, future needs. This is reflected within the NPPF, where the overarching principle of the presumption in favour of sustainable development requires local planning authorities to "positively seek opportunities to meet the development needs of their area, and be sufficiently flexible to adapt to rapid change" (paragraph 11). As such, local planning authorities should consider housing and other needs beyond the plan period. This should be a particularly important consideration for Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC), given the housing pressures that the District faces both in meeting its own local housing need, and the unmet need of neighbouring local authorities across the 'best fit' Housing Market Area.

This is clearly a known issue, and is discussed both within the Submission VALP and its Main Modifications. MM008 states that any future Local Plan update will "take into account newly emerging issues such as the Government's changed methodology on calculating housing need, as well as the impacts of major strategic schemes such as the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway, the London Plan and the expansion of Heathrow." Crucially, however, MM008 removes the reference to future considerations of "a new settlement to form part of that Local Plan review"; rather, MM008 states that a new settlement "will be reconsidered in any future Local Plan update."

Bovis Homes welcomes this modification and AVDC's commitment to considering other options, and notes that the local housing need for the District can be met in other ways besides the provision of a new settlement. As the response to MM031 discusses further, meeting housing supply through delivery from large scale developments is complex, and thus there is an evident need for the supply of housing to represent a portfolio of sites that range in scale, type and location. In particular, maintaining a supply of residential development within those villages that the VALP deems to be sustainable provides an opportunity to meet the District's ongoing housing needs in part, in a more flexible manner. This would accord to the new policy (D2) as proposed through MM070 that highlights that "the rest of the district outside of Aylesbury Garden Town plays an important role in delivering the required growth in the Vale."

Support

VALP Main Modifications

Representation ID: 3207

Received: 11/12/2019

Respondent: South Oxfordshire District Council

Representation Summary:

South Oxfordshire District Council supports the modification of the plan to remove reference to the need for an early review as this plan appropriately deals with the issues at hand. Additionally, the council supports the deletion from the supporting text in paragraph 3.15 which states 'We expect a new settlement to form part of that Local Plan'. While we acknowledge this may be necessary in the future to account for any changes in national policy and the impact of nationally important infrastructure projects, we believe the approach to distributing growth cannot be predetermined and must follow due process based on the most up to date evidence base.

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Dear Sir/Madam
South Oxfordshire District Council response to the Aylesbury Vale Local Plan Main Modifications Consultation.
Thank you for giving South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) the opportunity to comment on the Main Modifications Consultation documents. Having reviewed the modified Local Plan and supporting documents, SODC can confirm that we are satisfied the modified plan is sound, legally compliant and justified.
We acknowledge that the housing requirement has increased from 27,400 to 28,600 in addition with the number of homes to be delivered in the plan period which includes an increased buffer of 5.7% to account for under delivery. Overall, this results in 30,233 homes planned for in the modified plan. Further to this, the increased housing requirement of the modified plan is largely to be met on one additional site in the north east of the district on the edge of Milton Keynes and with amendments to site capacities.
SODC does not consider that changes to the housing requirement for the Aylesbury Vale Local Plan or additional allocations will have any significant negative effect on South Oxfordshire.
South Oxfordshire District Council supports the modification of the plan to remove reference to the need for an early review as this plan appropriately deals with the issues at hand. Additionally, the council supports the deletion from the supporting text in paragraph 3.15 which states 'We expect a new settlement to form part of that Local Plan'. While we acknowledge this may be necessary in the future to account for any changes in national policy and the impact of nationally important infrastructure projects, we believe the approach to distributing growth cannot be predetermined and must follow due process based on the most up to date evidence base.
South Oxfordshire District Council, 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxfordshire
OX14 4SB www.southoxon.gov.uk
South Oxfordshire District Council notes that Aylesbury Vale District Council's
position in relation the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway has subsequently changed
since the submission of the plan. Aylesbury Vale no longer supports the proposal
which has resulted in modifications to Policies T2 and T3. South Oxfordshire District
Council recognises that these changes may be necessary to reflect the updated
political position of the council. However, we would like to ensure the council
continues to engage and work collaboratively with neighbouring authorities and
statutory bodies under the requirement of duty to co-operate to understand the
impact and required mitigation associated with the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway.
Kind Regards
Ryan Hunt
Planning Officer

Object

VALP Main Modifications

Representation ID: 3356

Received: 08/01/2020

Respondent: Amarillo Ltd & Scandale Ltd

Agent: Planning Prospects

Legally compliant? Not specified

Sound? No

Representation Summary:

MM008 has reduced the council's commitment to deliver a New Settlement in the near future - saying that a New Settlement may be considered as part of any future Local Plan update. However, a New Settlement (or strategic scale development that is not just in Aylesbury) remains the most logical and effective way of addressing the Districts housing needs. The VALP should remain committed towards identifying, and ultimately delivering, a New Settlement now rather than considering it in the future when its housing needs have not been met.

Change suggested by respondent:

Reinstate identification of a New Settlement within the submitted VALP.

Full text:

Please see attachments.

Object

VALP Main Modifications

Representation ID: 3484

Received: 17/12/2019

Respondent: L&Q Estates

Agent: Barton Willmore

Legally compliant? Not specified

Sound? No

Representation Summary:

object to the proposed modification to the VALP to delete reference
to AVDC undertaking an early review
the proportion of the revised housing requirement which is to meet the District's
own housing need falls substantially below meeting local housing need calculated using
the Government's standard method (1,423 dpa). Thus, the VALP will not address housing
affordability pressures across the Housing Market Area (HMA)
does not reflect Oxford - Cambridge arc
The delays in progressing the adoption of the VALP, and therefore the timing of a review
being completed, and the current uncertainty regarding the future of plan-making within
Buckinghamshire associated with the transition to a unitary authority

Full text:

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Object

VALP Main Modifications

Representation ID: 3529

Received: 15/12/2019

Respondent: Hampden Fields Action Group

Legally compliant? Yes

Sound? No

Representation Summary:

The modified Plan has downgraded the need to take full and early
account of the largest transport infrastructure project to affect the
District since the building of the M40, namely the Oxford - Cambridge
Expressway. No longer does the Council anticipate the need for an early
review, but rather defers consideration to some "future Local Plan
update", which appears to may not even be necessary. This major
strategic weakness in the modified Plan indicates the inadequacy of the
Council's thinking.

Change suggested by respondent:

Full remedial action to correct the errors and gaps in the transport evidence base and modelling,
followed by a revised set of proposals including funding plans and timetable, with public consultation
on these modifications.

Full text:

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Object

VALP Main Modifications

Representation ID: 3586

Received: 17/12/2019

Respondent: Gladman Developments Ltd

Legally compliant? Not specified

Sound? No

Representation Summary:

It
will be necessary for the Buckinghamshire Council to undertake reviews of the various Local Plans
which would result in the preparation of a plan covering the whole area. Urge the Council to reinstate reference to undertaking an early review.
This is of particular importance given the
authority falls within the Cambridge to Oxford Growth Arc and the Government is seeking to
deliver a transformational scale of growth within this corridor in the period up to 2050.

Change suggested by respondent:

Urge the Council to reinstate reference to undertaking an early review.

Full text:

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