Aylesbury Vale Area

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Object

VALP Main Modifications

Representation ID: 3025

Received: 13/12/2019

Respondent: Crest Nicholson

Agent: Mr James Brewer

Legally compliant? Not specified

Sound? Not specified

Representation Summary:

Support subject to minor change in buffer size to reflect Natural England standing advice

Full text:

Policy NE8 is correct to aim to prevent adverse impact on ancient woodland or ancient trees, but the prescription of excessively large buffers is not justified on ecological grounds and is contrary to Natural England's advice of a 15m buffer around ancient woodland, and Natural England do not advise requiring a buffer around other woodland. We have not seen any evidence to show that the 25m buffer around woodland, or 50m buffer around ancient woodlands is ecologically necessary.

We have also not seen AVDC's assessment of the effect of these buffers on allocated sites, such as how the buffers would unnecessarily reduce developable area and risk the allocations being undeliverable. We have also not seen evidence from AVDC of ancient woodland impact from earlier developments closer than 50m to ancient woodlands having caused impacts on those woods. For example, Howe Park Wood SSSI and ancient woodland in Milton Keynes to the east of Shenley Park is surrounded by residential development but is recorded by Natural England as in favourable condition.

Whilst officers at AVDC might aspire to such buffers, they are not evidence-based and are inappropriate. As every site is different, the policy should be modified to state 'Development must provide appropriate buffers to ancient woodland and other woodland as necessary for that site' with Natural England's Standing Advice of a 15m buffer for ancient woodland being taken as the default position.

Object

VALP Main Modifications

Representation ID: 3284

Received: 07/01/2020

Respondent: Home Builders Federation Ltd

Legally compliant? Not specified

Sound? Not specified

Representation Summary:

The main modification suggests that development must provide a minimum buffer of 50m between ancient woodland and any built development. This is inconsistent with guidance on the use of buffer zones around ancient woodlands1 which states that:
"For ancient woodlands, you should have a buffer zone of at least 15 metres to avoid root damage. Where assessment shows other impacts are likely to extend beyond this distance, you're likely to need a larger buffer zone."
The Council should therefore amend the modification to reflect guidance on this matter.

Change suggested by respondent:

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Support

VALP Main Modifications

Representation ID: 3433

Received: 17/01/2020

Respondent: Wendover Parish Council

Representation Summary:

NE9 - Trees etc strengthened to refuse developments adjacent, adding buffers and joining up fragmented areas of woodland with new planting.

Full text:

VALP Main Modifications consultation
Response from Wendover Parish Council

The Wendover Parish council have the following comments with regard to the main VALP modifications:
We are pleased to note that:
Much of the VALP remains unchanged for Wendover in that the 132 houses in Wendover have been completed and there are still 1000 in Halton for this plan. There are points we have considered that are the important features of the modifications which have a bearing on Wendover.
WPC are encouraged and in particular support the following points:
 S3 which gives more protection against coalescence and retention of individuality of settlements.

 D-Hal 003 - Where Halton the Sports and Heritage sites are to be retained (p143) and 50% green infrastructure has been specified (p145)

 D7 / E5- Promotes support for local centres (considers effects of out of town shopping etc to be detrimental)

 D8 - Aylesbury Town Centre action plan which details how to improve it in a positive manner (p181)

 H4 - Considers replacement dwellings in the countryside will be permitted if the same size as before, but not bigger

 H6b - Considers Care needs and that the definitions have been revised and are generally good (p206)

 T5 - Vehicle parking has been updated removing small garages as spaces as it is recognised that they are often used for storage not cars! (p246)

 T7 - Refers to electric charging points, at least one per new house, 10% of bays for flats. Employment sites and long stay points to be provided, 1 per 25 spaces, and charging times/ wattage are specified (p250)

 BE4, section9 - more weight is given to protecting these.

 NE1 - Protected sites has given biodiversity more weight and is more specific which is to be encouraged (p266)

 NE4 - AONB is more protected

 NE5 - Landscape - visual impact to be minimised, avoid loss of important views, noise effects etc

 NE7 - Specifies the importance of agricultural land of quality 1, 2 and 3a which should be retained.

 NE9 - Trees etc strengthened to refuse developments adjacent, adding buffers and joining up fragmented areas of woodland with new planting.

 C3 - Uses of natural resources highlights renewable energy and the current issues with water supply and sewage (new reservoirs required?).

 C4 /I1- Green infrastructure has been strengthened and is more precise. I1 also considers playing pitches and open spaces following a new assessment in 2017/19 and their importance management and possible need for extra provision. (also I2 & Appendix D)

 I5 - Water resources consultation required for large developments. We are in a water stress area!

 Appendix B - Deals with parking standards which are largely unchanged save for the garage issue.

 p33 - Halton development effects on the Chilterns Beech woods in terms of recreational use and air quality, and Natural England have asked for clarification, but in general are happy with modifications in line with their comments in the previous consultation.


These points are all supported by WPC as they strengthen the case for sensitive developments which consider their affects on the surrounding landscape, facilities and wildlife.

Cllr Sheila Bulpett 16.12.19
(on behalf of Wendover Parish Council)