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Object

VALP Proposed Submission

2.5

Representation ID: 529

Received: 14/12/2017

Respondent: The Buckingham Society

Legally compliant? Yes

Sound? No

Duty to co-operate? Yes

Representation Summary:

Buckingham may be the second largest settlement but in terms of its other "wide ranging facilities", it is weaker than Haddenham and Wendover as it has no rail links and has no stronger employment base than other settlements. We object to the inference that it is ONLY the south part of the district that has substantial tracts of high quality landscape. Rural areas north of Aylesbury now urgently require recognition for their intrinsic landscape quality and agricultural value. In paarticular, the site MMO006 requires re-evaluation.

Full text:

2.4 h The bulk of this Local Plan refers to Aylesbury and its garden town status. However, it is written without due care and attention to the very different circumstances that prevail in all the other settlements within the Vale. With a population of just over 71,000, Aylesbury exceeds its 'second' strategic settlement, Buckingham by approximately 58,000. (Census 2011). Systems and objectives that meet densely populated centres are not achievable in the rest of the Vale and should not be coupled with Aylesbury (para 2.4 c).
Buckingham may be the second largest settlement but in terms of its other "wide ranging facilities", it is weaker than Haddenham and Wendover as it has no rail links and has no stronger employment base than other settlements. (para 1.30) There is a regular and good express bus service between Oxford and Cambridge via Milton Keynes but adjacent parking to bus stops is extremely limited, thereby reducing its effectiveness to residents from nearby settlements.
Para 1.33 We object to the inference that it is ONLY the south part of the district that has substantial tracts of high quality landscape. The northern half has remained rural thanks to substantial private ownership (Stowe and Claydon House) and hitherto has not needed to be given a specific designation. The truth is that, as hitherto it has not been subject to massive development resulting from overspill from London, it has not come under the 'green belt' spotlight. However, as the proposals now seek to accommodate unprecedented development (dwellings, roads, rail, retail centres), similar to that which overtook the southern half of the district in the early part of the 20th century, it now urgently requires recognition for its intrinsic landscape quality and agricultural value.
In Maids Moreton, none of the stated objectives as set out in Policy S1 relate to the village and its requirements.
Policy S1:
b) the site will not MINIMISE the need for travel
d) it is a greenfield site without adequate road access
e) the impact of a development of this size will be severely negative and has no hope of building an integrated community (f)
i) access to healthcare, library, secondary school and other community facilities rely on Buckingham, which would be at least 2 km. distance
Sustainability Tests:
Economically, the village cannot support additional transport infrastructure to support 170 dwellings on MMO006. Access roads are confined to narrow village streets and lanes and cannot accommodate the sort of activity this proposed development would generate. Public transport does not provide an hourly service (as stated). Realistically, the topography does not allow for easy access by foot or cycle. Private Car transport (coupled with delivery vans) would be by far and away the only realistic choice of transport, leading to increased congestion in the centre of Buckingham.

Object

VALP Proposed Submission

1.1

Representation ID: 531

Received: 14/12/2017

Respondent: The Buckingham Society

Legally compliant? Yes

Sound? No

Duty to co-operate? No

Representation Summary:

The Buckingham Society recognises the need for more development in our part of the District. Nimbyism has never been any part of the Society's philosophy. However, it is the society's view that the VALP has many weaknesses that need to be addressed and that, in disregarding the Buckingham Neighbourhood Development Plan, the writers of the VALP have wilfully and unnecessarily ignored the views of the residents of Buckingham.

Full text:

The Buckingham Society recognises the need for more development in our part of the District. Nimbyism has never been any part of the Society's philosophy. However, it is the society's view that the VALP has many weaknesses that need to be addressed and that, in disregarding the Buckingham Neighbourhood Development Plan, the writers of the VALP have wilfully and unnecessarily ignored the views of the residents of Buckingham.

Object

VALP Proposed Submission

1.6

Representation ID: 532

Received: 14/12/2017

Respondent: The Buckingham Society

Legally compliant? Yes

Sound? Yes

Duty to co-operate? Yes

Representation Summary:

The NPPF in itself prevents 'soundness' being applied to Local Plans. It seeks to achieve "objectively assessed needs" (for development) while demanding "sufficient flexibility to adapt to rapid change" and expecting the planning system to contribute to the "enhancement of the natural and local environment". Such statements conflict with one another and are a disaster for local communities, whose ability to absorb 'rapid change' is severely compromised when the loss of the familiar is replaced by congested roads, light and noise pollution, construction headaches, litter, added strain on already overstretched schools and healthcare facilities.

Full text:

The NPPF in itself prevents 'soundness' being applied to Local Plans. It seeks to achieve "objectively assessed needs" (for development) while demanding "sufficient flexibility to adapt to rapid change" and expecting the planning system to contribute to the "enhancement of the natural and local environment". Such statements conflict with one another and are a disaster for local communities, whose ability to absorb 'rapid change' is severely compromised when the loss of the familiar is replaced by congested roads, light and noise pollution, construction headaches, litter, added strain on already overstretched schools and healthcare facilities.

Object

VALP Proposed Submission

1.5

Representation ID: 533

Received: 14/12/2017

Respondent: The Buckingham Society

Legally compliant? No

Sound? No

Duty to co-operate? No

Representation Summary:

Allocations not made in conjunction with local consultation

Full text:

Para 1.5. New allocations have been introduced to this re-drafted submission plan without any further consultations with the communities involved. The issues and options draft produced in August 2016 made no mention of allocations at Buckingham (BUC046) and Maids Moreton (MMO006)
The revised Settlement Hierarchy and assessment of land suitability (Evidence, 1.8) was not consulted on at local level. We consider that this guidance was not followed: "Early and meaningful engagement and collaboration with neighbourhoods, local organisations and businesses is essential. A wide section of the community should be proactively engaged, so that Local Plans, as far as possible, reflect a collective vision and a set of agreed priorities for the sustainable development of the area, including those contained in any neighbourhood plans that have been made."

Object

VALP Proposed Submission

1.14

Representation ID: 541

Received: 14/12/2017

Respondent: The Buckingham Society

Legally compliant? Not specified

Sound? Not specified

Duty to co-operate? Not specified

Representation Summary:

It is not clear whether the 27ha. identified employment land needs meets the OAN of 19,400 dwellings and whether it remains sufficient to meet the additional unmet needs. It is also not clear where the capacity of "over 100ha." is located

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

Full text:

It is not clear whether the 27ha. identified employment land needs meets the OAN of 19,400 dwellings and whether it remains sufficient to meet the additional unmet needs. It is also not clear where the capacity of "over 100ha." is located

Object

VALP Proposed Submission

1.15

Representation ID: 542

Received: 14/12/2017

Respondent: The Buckingham Society

Legally compliant? Yes

Sound? Yes

Duty to co-operate? Yes

Representation Summary:

VALP is not clear on whether it expects smaller settlements to deliver comparison shopping - in our view, any additional comparison shopping should not be allocated to towns (strategic or otherwise) outside those existing.

Full text:

Given the disparity between the populations of Aylesbury and Buckingham, it is totally unclear as to what proportion of additional "comparison floorspace" is considered appropriate for Buckingham - if any. We believe that the pattern of today's shopping has not been taken into account. On line shopping generates home and local delivery, increasing the amount of traffic on already crowded roads while at the same time reducing the need for comparison shopping at smaller settlements, which have access to existing very large centres located at Aylesbury, Bicester, Oxford and Milton Keynes - centres with which they could not compete

Support

VALP Proposed Submission

1.16

Representation ID: 543

Received: 14/12/2017

Respondent: The Buckingham Society

Representation Summary:

Fast reliable Broadband must be specifically included as part of essential infrastructure provision

Full text:

Fast reliable Broadband must be specifically included as part of essential infrastructure provision

Object

VALP Proposed Submission

1.20

Representation ID: 544

Received: 14/12/2017

Respondent: The Buckingham Society

Legally compliant? No

Sound? No

Duty to co-operate? No

Representation Summary:

The inclusion of BUC046 (Osier Way) as it stands is contrary to the Buckingham Neighbourhood Development Plan (BNDP). although a reserve site was included in the BNDP, and the need for additional housing acknowledged as a factor when reviewing the NP, no further sites had been the subject of local consultation. Particularly in view of the size of the proposed development. BUC046 should not be specifically detailed before the BNDP undergoes further consultations with the neighbourhood.

Full text:

The inclusion of BUC046 (Osier Way) as it stands is contrary to the Buckingham Neighbourhood Development Plan (BNDP). although a reserve site was included in the BNDP, and the need for additional housing acknowledged as a factor when reviewing the NP, no further sites had been the subject of local consultation. Particularly in view of the size of the proposed development. BUC046 should not be specifically detailed before the BNDP undergoes further consultations with the neighbourhood.

Object

VALP Proposed Submission

2.6

Representation ID: 545

Received: 14/12/2017

Respondent: The Buckingham Society

Legally compliant? Yes

Sound? Yes

Duty to co-operate? Yes

Representation Summary:

When referring to housing growth, "homes" is NOT an appropriate term. residential units are 'houses', 'dwellings', 'apartments'. The only exception is 'Care Home'.

Full text:

When referring to housing growth, "homes" is NOT an appropriate term. residential units are 'houses', 'dwellings', 'apartments'. The only exception is 'Care Home'.

Support

VALP Proposed Submission

3.3

Representation ID: 547

Received: 14/12/2017

Respondent: The Buckingham Society

Representation Summary:

the objectives as set out in Policy S1 do not relate to BUC043 or MMO006. BUC043 is a site that has already been rejected at appeal.
b) these sites will not MINIMISE the need for travel

Full text:

The OBJECTIVE is sound. But the objectives as set out in Policy S1 do not relate to BUC043 or MMO006. BUC043 is a site that has already been rejected at appeal. On sustainability grounds:
b) these sites will not MINIMISE the need for travel
d) in the case of MMO006, it is a greenfield site without adequate road access
e) In Maids Moreton, the impact of a development of this size will be severely negative and has no hope of building an integrated community (f)
i) access to healthcare, library, secondary school and other community facilities in Buckingham are at least 2 km. distance

Economically, Maids Moreton cannot accommodate additional transport infrastructure to support 170 dwellings on MMO006. Access roads are confined to narrow village streets and lanes and cannot accommodate the sort of activity this proposed development would generate. Public transport does not provide an hourly service (as stated). Realistically, the topography does not allow for easy access by foot or cycle. Private Car transport (coupled with delivery vans) would be by far and away the only realistic choice of transport, leading to increased congestion in the centre of Buckingham.

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