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VALP Proposed Submission

1.9

Representation ID: 828

Received: 14/12/2017

Respondent: The Canal & River Trust

Representation Summary:

Thank you for consulting the Canal & River Trust on the submission version of the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan.

We would highlight that Dacorum Borough Council have stated an intention to continue to include a canal related policy within their updated plan, and in order to properly consider the canal as a cross boundary asset perhaps the council should consider doing the same?

Full text:

Thank you for consulting the Canal & River Trust on the submission version of the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan.

We would highlight that Dacorum Borough Council have stated an intention to continue to include a canal related policy within their updated plan, and in order to properly consider the canal as a cross boundary asset perhaps the council should consider doing the same?

Object

VALP Proposed Submission

NE3 River and stream corridors

Representation ID: 832

Received: 14/12/2017

Respondent: The Canal & River Trust

Legally compliant? Not specified

Sound? Not specified

Duty to co-operate? Not specified

Representation Summary:

The Canal & River Trust urge the to council to consider a stand alone canal related policy, or an amendment to Policy NE 3 to include the canal and its arms.

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

Full text:

Previously the Canal & River Trust suggested that the council may wish to create a section relating directly to waterways to bring together all of the themes in one location, perhaps by cross referencing to other policies, and this has been used successfully in other adopted local plans.
This section could highlight that waterways;
* Are a form of strategic and local infrastructure performing multiple functions (including sustainable transport, open space and green infrastructure, flood risk, drainage and water supply), which is likely to be affected by all scales and types of development
* Play a role in improving the physical environment, opportunities for people and the wider economy
* contribute to supporting climate change, carbon reduction and environmental sustainability
* bring public benefits including people's health and wellbeing
* support the delivery of economic, social and environmental benefits to local communities and the nation as a whole.

We note that river and stream corridors are afforded a specific policy, NE3, which makes the lack of a canal related policy even more evident, particularly as the canal is such an important asset within the district. We would urge that a similar development management policy should be used to ensure that at the canal is properly considered in relation to development plans for adjacent land and seen as an integral part of development rather than simply a barrier backdrop to it, or if preferred that Policy NE3 is amended to cover the canal too, whilst highlighting the differences between the intrinsic characteristics of the two types of waterway.
In our capacity as a statutory consultee we strive to make sure any new waterside development seeks to enhance the wider waterway corridor and protects the intrinsic qualities that waterways offer. This can be achieved in a number of ways and is dependent on many factors as each waterside location needs to be considered individually, with no single design approach being appropriate in all locations. However, we suggest that any new policy should include the following guiding principles, so that, where appropriate, new waterside development should:
* positively address the water
* integrate the towing path and open up access to the water
* link waterside space and the waterspace
* use the waterspace itself
* incorporate access and other improvements
* engage with and tease out the qualities and benefits of being by water
* reflect the scale of the local waterway corridor to the wider neighbourhood

Support

VALP Proposed Submission

1.16

Representation ID: 835

Received: 14/12/2017

Respondent: The Canal & River Trust

Representation Summary:

The Canal & River Trust wish to highlight the range of benefits that the canal can bring to the town.

Full text:

We are pleased to note the continuing support offered to the Grand Union Canal and the arms throughout the document. The District Council clearly understand the benefit that the waterways bring to the town in helping to deliver a range of policy topics and themes, particularly as the Aylesbury arm runs through the heart of the newly designated Garden Town.
Waterways are multi-functional assets providing multiple economic, social and environmental benefits. In addition to being a form of green and blue infrastructure, important for leisure, recreation and tourism uses, they can provide local and strategic sustainable transport routes. waterways are increasingly being used in association with new technologies, contributing to the creation of 'Information Superhighways' and a potential source for thermal energy generation and cooling. They can act as catalysts for regeneration and a focus for development, are vital for many local small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs) while also supporting and adding value to larger companies. They form a valuable part of the district's visitor and green economies - engaging the local community and visitors alike and laying the foundations for future health, well-being and prosperity.
A supportive planning policy framework from national to neighbourhood level, can assist in unlocking the potential contribution and value of waterways to economic, social and environmental wellbeing, along with protecting these valuable assets for the benefit of current and future generations. It is therefore vitally important that planning policy recognises the multi-functional nature of waterways and the contribution they can make to wider economic, environmental and social objectives such as public health, renewable energy and sustainable development, strengthening resilience and creating conditions suitable for growth as well as their cross-boundary nature.

Our guide to waterways and the National Planning Policy Framework (coming soon) demonstrates the breadth of policy topics that waterways cover and the council will be provided with a copy in due course.

Support

VALP Proposed Submission

S5 Infrastructure

Representation ID: 836

Received: 14/12/2017

Respondent: The Canal & River Trust

Representation Summary:

The Canal & River Trust fully support this policy and we recognise and thank the Council for it continuing support of the give to improving the Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union Canal as multi functional infrastructure.

Full text:

The Canal & River Trust fully support this policy and we recognise and thank the Council for it continuing support of the give to improving the Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union Canal as multi functional infrastructure.

Object

VALP Proposed Submission

1.60

Representation ID: 837

Received: 14/12/2017

Respondent: The Canal & River Trust

Legally compliant? Not specified

Sound? Not specified

Duty to co-operate? Not specified

Representation Summary:

The Canal & River Trust would prefer to see a canal related section which brings together reference to its multi- functionality and provides a specific policy to help determine development affecting the waterway, similar to the approach taken to rivers and streams in Policy NE3.

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

Full text:

The Canal River Trust support this section however previously the Canal & River Trust suggested that the council may wish to create a section relating directly to waterways to bring together all of the themes in one location, perhaps by cross referencing to other policies, and this has been used successfully in other adopted local plans.

This section could highlight that waterways;
* Are a form of strategic and local infrastructure performing multiple functions (including sustainable transport, open space and green infrastructure, flood risk, drainage and water supply), which is likely to be affected by all scales and types of development
* Play a role in improving the physical environment, opportunities for people and the wider economy
* contribute to supporting climate change, carbon reduction and environmental sustainability
* bring public benefits including people's health and wellbeing
* support the delivery of economic, social and environmental benefits to local communities and the nation as a whole.

Support

VALP Proposed Submission

4.19

Representation ID: 840

Received: 14/12/2017

Respondent: The Canal & River Trust

Representation Summary:

The Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union Canal is an important piece of infrastructure and a multi functional asset within the Garden Town. We wish to ensure that the council maximise its potential as a catalyst by being fully aware of the range of benefits it can bring to the area.

Full text:

We are pleased to note the continuing support offered to the Grand Union Canal and the arms throughout the document. The District Council clearly understand the benefit that the waterways bring to the town in helping to deliver a range of policy topics and themes, particularly as the Aylesbury arm runs through the heart of the newly designated Garden Town.
Waterways are multi-functional assets providing multiple economic, social and environmental benefits. In addition to being a form of green and blue infrastructure, important for leisure, recreation and tourism uses, they can provide local and strategic sustainable transport routes. waterways are increasingly being used in association with new technologies, contributing to the creation of 'Information Superhighways' and a potential source for thermal energy generation and cooling. They can act as catalysts for regeneration and a focus for development, are vital for many local small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs) while also supporting and adding value to larger companies. They form a valuable part of the district's visitor and green economies - engaging the local community and visitors alike and laying the foundations for future health, well-being and prosperity.
We wish to continue to work with the Council to fully integrate the canal into the garden town and ensure it provides the maximum benefit to the town.

Support

VALP Proposed Submission

D-AGT3 Aylesbury north of A41

Representation ID: 841

Received: 14/12/2017

Respondent: The Canal & River Trust

Representation Summary:

The Canal & River Trust will continue to work with the Council and applicants to ensure that this proposal result in high quality waterside development which properly addresses the Aylesbury arm and maximises the benefits the canal can bring to the site.

Full text:

The Canal & River Trust will continue to work with the Council and applicants to ensure that this proposal result in high quality waterside development which properly addresses the Aylesbury arm and maximises the benefits the canal can bring to the site.

Support

VALP Proposed Submission

D-AGT4 Aylesbury south of A41

Representation ID: 842

Received: 14/12/2017

Respondent: The Canal & River Trust

Representation Summary:

The Council should take every opportunity to seek contributions form these sites towards improvement and provision of the Grand Union Triangle as key green infrastructure.

Full text:

The Council should take every opportunity to seek contributions form these sites towards improvement and provision of the Grand Union Triangle as key green infrastructure.

Support

VALP Proposed Submission

S5 Infrastructure

Representation ID: 845

Received: 14/12/2017

Respondent: The Canal & River Trust

Representation Summary:

The Council and Buckinghamshire County Council are well aware of the issues surrounding developer funding for the towpath improvement work on the Aylesbury Arm. Whilst existing commitments should finish the section from College Road North into the town centre there is less certainty for funding for the remainder of the Aylesbury Arm or for the other two legs of the Grand Union Triangle. We would wish to be assured that the proposed changes to the CIL and developer contributions regime will not result in this important multi functional Green Infrastructure project not coming to fruition.

Full text:

The Council and Buckinghamshire County Council are well aware of the issues surrounding developer funding for the towpath improvement work on the Aylesbury Arm. Whilst existing commitments should finish the section from College Road North into the town centre there is less certainty for funding for the remainder of the Aylesbury Arm or for the other two legs of the Grand Union Triangle. We would wish to be assured that the proposed changes to the CIL and developer contributions regime will not result in this important multi functional Green Infrastructure project not coming to fruition.

Object

VALP Proposed Submission

D-AGT3 Aylesbury north of A41

Representation ID: 849

Received: 14/12/2017

Respondent: The Canal & River Trust

Legally compliant? Not specified

Sound? Not specified

Duty to co-operate? Not specified

Representation Summary:

Discussions need to take place with the Canal & River Trust in relation to development which may be at risk of flooding from the Tring reservoirs.

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

Full text:

Support allocation but please note:

The council are reminded that the Tring Reservoirs and in particular, the Weston Turville Reservoir is owned by the Canal & River Trust. Any development in the vicinity of the reservoir should consider not only the risk of flooding from Weston Turville Reservoir but consider whether development will change the risk profile of the reservoir and therefore we suggest that further discussions on this matter should include the Canal & River Trust and not just use Environment Agency flood risk data, to ensure that breach modelling is carried out and any necessary mitigation costs to the site,reservoir or its result in future additional costs to the Trust a result in a variation to its future risk category should be the responsibility of the developer. We note that point j refers to discussions with the Environment Agency and we ask that this amended to include reference to discussions with the Canal & River Trust too.

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