Aylesbury Vale Area

VALP Proposed Submission

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VALP Proposed Submission

S2 Spatial Strategy for Growth

Representation ID: 728

Received: 12/12/2017

Respondent: Aldbury Parish Council

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Representation Summary:

Aldbury Parish Council wishes to draw attention therefore to the serious omission of consideration of the impact on the infrastructure of a Parish in the neighbouring
county of Hertfordshire (and indeed the other Town and Parish Councils of West Dacorum).

Full text:

CONSULTATION ON THE VALE OF AYLESBURY LOCAL PLAN (VALP)
PROPOSED SUBMISSION

COMMENTS BY ALDBURY PARISH COUNCIL,
HERTFORDSHIRE


Introduction & Comments

Aldbury is a Parish in the Dacorum Borough Council area of Hertfordshire, located to the east of the town of Tring, on the Hertfordshire - Buckinghamshire border and adjoining Pitstone Parish which is in Aylesbury Vale. The West Ward of Aldbury Parish comprises the hamlet of Tring Station, which includes Tring railway station. The train service is well used by residents from both sides of the county border, as our near neighbours in Aylesbury Vale are within easy travelling distance by road to Tring station. The railway station is on the West Coast Main Line and train services go southwards towards London Euston and northwards towards Leighton Buzzard, Milton Keynes and Birmingham. It is well used by commuters going to work and by other passengers travelling for shopping or leisure purposes. There is no direct bus service from Buckinghamshire, which would be able to offer a sustainable means of access.

There can confidently be expected to be major traffic increases from housing developments from neighbouring areas in Aylesbury Vale e.g. Aylesbury Garden Town, RAF Halton and smaller developments in the likes of Pitstone, Aston Clinton, Weston Turville and Wendover. Some of these proposed developments have already been approved and others are contained in the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP) Proposed Submission, currently out for consultation. It is inevitable that some of the new residents of these locations will want to use Tring railway station, rather than the stations in Aylesbury. The Tring railway station car park is full to capacity before the end of peak travel time on weekdays.

Aldbury Parish Council is concerned and disappointed that there is no mention of the need for sustainable transport provision in the VALP Proposed Submission. At present, those in the catchment area on both sides of the county line, proposing to travel by train mostly use cars to travel to Tring Station, or failing that drive to other stations, e.g. Berkhamsted, Leighton Buzzard or Milton Keynes or make their entire journey by car. This cannot be good for the environment. The alternative stations will not have spare parking capacity for long, even if they have some currently. On street parking at Tring Station is very limited, often results in dangerous or obstructive parking and parking restrictions are bound to be tightened up as time goes by.

Aldbury Parish Council wishes to draw attention therefore to the serious omission of consideration of the impact on the infrastructure of a Parish in the neighbouring county of Hertfordshire (and indeed the other Town and Parish Councils of West Dacorum). It asks, therefore, that suitable recognition of these issues be contained in the version of the VALP which is to be submitted for examination. Aldbury Parish Council assumes that discussions have taken place, or will take place, with Dacorum Borough Council, the appropriate Local Planning Authority.


Approved by
Aldbury Parish Council
4 December 2017

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