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VALP Proposed Submission

S1 Sustainable development for Aylesbury Vale

Representation ID: 834

Received: 14/12/2017

Respondent: AB Planning & Development Ltd

Legally compliant? Yes

Sound? Yes

Duty to co-operate? Yes

Representation Summary:

The reference to "approved without delay" is welcomed, as it is consistent with national guidance. In practice however, AVDC hardly determines any application without significant delay and it appears from regular use of the service that rarely does the Council meet the Government's 8 and 13-week determination targets.

Full text:

The reference to "approved without delay" is welcomed, as it is consistent with national guidance. In practice however, AVDC hardly determines any application without significant delay and it appears from regular use of the service that rarely does the Council meet the Government's 8 and 13-week determination targets.

Object

VALP Proposed Submission

S2 Spatial Strategy for Growth

Representation ID: 844

Received: 14/12/2017

Respondent: AB Planning & Development Ltd

Legally compliant? Yes

Sound? No

Duty to co-operate? Yes

Representation Summary:

Increase District housing numbers by 5,000-6,000.
Reduce an over-concentration of development planned at Aylesbury and increase commensurately the development totals planned elsewhere to help facilitate deliverability.
Provide a full outer ring road for Aylesbury, if the scale of development currently planned at Aylesbury is maintained.
More development allocations and/or targets ought to be set for the named larger and medium-sized villages.

Full text:

The overall quantum of 27,400 new houses appears too low, based on past evidence and it would be more sustainable to increase the 19,400 homes requirement for Aylesbury Vale District to a figure closer to 25,000 in order to fully accommodate the District's growth needs.
Given consistent failure in the past to deliver the scale of growth planned at Aylesbury in a timely fashion, to now propose virtually 16,400 of the planned 27,400 new homes (i.e. about 60%) seems destined to almost inevitable failure, which would risk compromising the Plan's strategy and risk further years of the District not having a deliverable 5-year housing land supply.
The scale of development envisaged around Aylesbury does not appear, from the transport strategy background papers available, to be adequately served by sufficient new highway capacity to enable the town to continue functioning without massive congestion at peak-period (which appear will grow considerably in their length). Severe capacity limitations at key highway junctions, especially at the Gyratory and the Oxford and Bicester Road junctions with the inner ring road, have not been addressed. Only providing short sections of outer link roads without a full ring of roads will only serve to move congestion black-spots rather than providing any real solutions.
The Plan's strategy requires new housing numbers to be accommodated at named larger and medium-sized villages and yet very few new allocations are proposed. Delivery of the strategy is heavily reliant on past appeal decisions and on new Neighbourhood Plans and yet where evidence of new emerging draft Neighbourhood Plans is available, it appears that many Parish Council's appear to be attempting to use the process to avoid further development, particularly amongst the villages surrounding Aylesbury.

Object

VALP Proposed Submission

S3 Settlement hierarchy and cohesive development

Representation ID: 848

Received: 14/12/2017

Respondent: AB Planning & Development Ltd

Legally compliant? Yes

Sound? No

Duty to co-operate? Yes

Representation Summary:

Whilst the settlement hierarchy process appears to have been carried out in a broadly sustainable manner, no differentiation is made between settlements with broadly the same levels of service provision but in widely varying locations. Villages around Aylesbury and Buckingham, or the other strategic settlements, would be more sustainable and have better public transport and cycle links than those in more remote locations. However, where new plan allocations have been proposed, they tend not to be at the more sustainable settlements and instead are largely focused on more remote locations.

Full text:

Whilst the settlement hierarchy process appears to have been carried out in a broadly sustainable manner, no differentiation is made between settlements with broadly the same levels of service provision but in widely varying locations. Villages around Aylesbury and Buckingham, or the other strategic settlements, would be more sustainable and have better public transport and cycle links than those in more remote locations. However, where new plan allocations have been proposed, they tend not to be at the more sustainable settlements and instead are largely focused on more remote locations.

Object

VALP Proposed Submission

S7 Previously developed land

Representation ID: 854

Received: 14/12/2017

Respondent: AB Planning & Development Ltd

Legally compliant? No

Sound? No

Duty to co-operate? Yes

Representation Summary:

The general support offered towards redevelopment of previously developed (brownfield) land, which is broadly consistent with national guidance, is overly constrained by caveats within the policy that could be used later to attempt to thwart development. To some degree, the suggested caveats to brownfield land redevelopment is already reflected in a plan that is currently highly reliant on greenfield site developments in order to accommodate new needs.

Full text:

The general support offered towards redevelopment of previously developed (brownfield) land, which is broadly consistent with national guidance, is overly constrained by caveats within the policy that could be used later to attempt to thwart development. To some degree, the suggested caveats to brownfield land redevelopment is already reflected in a plan that is currently highly reliant on greenfield site developments in order to accommodate new needs.

Object

VALP Proposed Submission

S8 Neighbourhood plans

Representation ID: 859

Received: 14/12/2017

Respondent: AB Planning & Development Ltd

Legally compliant? Yes

Sound? No

Duty to co-operate? Yes

Representation Summary:

As currently drafted, the policy would enable villages that have strategic development allocations proposed within their parish boundaries; and which will act as urban extensions of principal settlements but will have little or no relationship to the villages themselves, to propose few or any new development allocations to meet their own local development needs. Weston Turville is a particular example, where the Parish Council's draft NP recognises that it does have its own emerging needs but it plans to rely on Aylesbury's growth and existing commitments to satisfy the need rather than make its own allocations.

Full text:

As currently drafted, the policy would enable villages that have strategic development allocations proposed within their parish boundaries; and which will act as urban extensions of principal settlements but will have little or no relationship to the villages themselves, to propose few or any new development allocations to meet their own local development needs. Weston Turville is a particular example, where the Parish Council's draft NP recognises that it does have its own emerging needs but it plans to rely on Aylesbury's growth and existing commitments to satisfy the need rather than make its own allocations.

Object

VALP Proposed Submission

D-NLV001 Salden Chase

Representation ID: 863

Received: 14/12/2017

Respondent: AB Planning & Development Ltd

Legally compliant? Yes

Sound? No

Duty to co-operate? Yes

Representation Summary:

Whilst NLV001 is supported as a proposed development allocation, the adjoining NLV002 site south of Dagnall House ought properly to be included within any Local Plan allocation designation because it will be totally surrounded by existing and planned development.
Irrespective of whether or not the two sites are ultimately developed in association with or separate from one another, both sites ought properly to be identified as appropriate for development as a westward urban expansion of Bletchley into Newton Longville parish.

Full text:

Whilst NLV001 is supported as a proposed development allocation, the adjoining NLV002 site south of Dagnall House ought properly to be included within any Local Plan allocation designation because it will be totally surrounded by existing and planned development.
Irrespective of whether or not the two sites are ultimately developed in association with or separate from one another, both sites ought properly to be identified as appropriate for development as a westward urban expansion of Bletchley into Newton Longville parish.

Object

VALP Proposed Submission

D2 Proposals for non-allocated sites at strategic settlements, larger villages and medium villages

Representation ID: 867

Received: 14/12/2017

Respondent: AB Planning & Development Ltd

Legally compliant? Yes

Sound? No

Duty to co-operate? Yes

Representation Summary:

It is inappropriate in the policy and in criterion (a) to include the word "small" as it is too restrictive and takes no account of local circumstance.

Full text:

It is inappropriate in the policy and in criterion (a) to include the word "small" as it is too restrictive and takes no account of local circumstance.

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