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VALP Proposed Submission

6.6

Representation ID: 707

Received: 12/12/2017

Respondent: Rockspring Hanover Property Unit Trust

Agent: Castle Planning

Representation Summary:

The supporting text to policy E2 identifies the protection of key employment sites, and notes the Enterprise Zone status of Westcott Venture Park, which is supported.

Full text:

The supporting text to policy E2 identifies the protection of key employment sites, and notes the Enterprise Zone status of Westcott Venture Park, which is supported.

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VALP Proposed Submission

E2 Other employment sites

Representation ID: 708

Received: 12/12/2017

Respondent: Rockspring Hanover Property Unit Trust

Agent: Castle Planning

Representation Summary:

Support the approach to encouragement of provision of ancillary facilities to employment uses, but suggest that policy is made more flexible to allow for the consideration of these associated used outside of the boundaries of the employment site.

Full text:

The Consultation Draft Plan notes that, in order for employment to be flexible and sustainable, there is likely to be a requirement for the delivery of ancillary uses which support its main employment function and that, therefore, some alternative use is likely to be supported through applications for it on employment land. We have set out our views in terms of employment sites and ancillary facilities in relation to paragraph 3.5 in terms of Sustainable Growth and it is considered that the development of ancillary facilities to employment uses to improve the sustainability of that use and function. Furthermore, it is strongly considered that, where ancillary facilities are provided in relation to an employment site, they can offer benefits in terms of diversification of the employment offer, improvements to the sustainability of that employment site by reduction of vehicular movements, as well as improvements in terms of the physical and functional linkages of that use with the surrounding community.
In this regard, although ancillary uses might first be sought on the employment sites themselves, where it can be demonstrated that the benefits might or could be more widely experienced by placing these facilities on the edge or immediately outside of the employment site, this same provision and policy support should be considered in this context.
In terms of the policy, therefore it is suggested that it could be amended to the effect that the support for ancillary uses associated with the employment use could/ may be extended to cover adjoining land where this could better deliver an accessible range of supporting facilities.

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VALP Proposed Submission

3.29

Representation ID: 709

Received: 12/12/2017

Respondent: Rockspring Hanover Property Unit Trust

Agent: Castle Planning

Representation Summary:

At paragraph 3.29, the Consultation Draft Plan identifies that a full Green Belt review was undertaken as part of this Plan preparation process. Despite this, it is still the case that sites may come forward for development in the Green Belt during the Plan period, which can meet particular local need and/or generate benefits and this should be considered on a site by site basis in the context of national guidance on development in the Green Belt, as reflected in the Plan. This is particularly relevant where sites perform more weakly against Green Belt criteria.

Full text:

At paragraph 3.29, the Consultation Draft Plan identifies that a full Green Belt review was undertaken as part of this Plan preparation process. Despite this, it is still the case that sites may come forward for development in the Green Belt during the Plan period, which can meet particular local need and/or generate benefits and this should be considered on a site by site basis in the context of national guidance on development in the Green Belt, as reflected in the Plan. This is particularly relevant where sites perform more weakly against Green Belt criteria.

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VALP Proposed Submission

4.165

Representation ID: 710

Received: 12/12/2017

Respondent: Rockspring Hanover Property Unit Trust

Agent: Castle Planning

Legally compliant? Yes

Sound? Yes

Duty to co-operate? Yes

Representation Summary:

Generally support the approach in relation to small villages, but encourage policy to recognise the potential for development in these villages, not only in the context of a Neighbourhood Plan, but where one is not in place or likely to be delivered, to also support development where this is supported by the neighbourhood and/ or Parish Council.

Full text:

The Consultation Draft Plan, goes on to set out further detail in relation to the development in smaller villages at paragraph 4.165. Westcott village is identified as one of the smaller villages and is therefore relevant to the owners of Westcott Venture Park, who own land on the edge of this village and with whom, the physical and practical relationship is important for the future success and function of the Westcott Venture Park. The Plan identifies that, where development is sought in villages, this should be promoted through Neighbourhood Plans. This approach is supported, and it is considered that where Neighbourhood Plans identify land for development the nature of development needed to benefit and serve that village and include it in the Neighbourhood Plan, this should form the context for the future development of that village, alongside the Local Plan.
The owners of Westcott Venture Park have a regular dialogue with the Westcott Parish Council and discussions have been ongoing about the Parish Council's aspirations for the village and the way in which these might partially be realised by working with the owners of Westcott Venture Park, by using their land in the creation of new community and/or joint facilities. The Parish Council are in the process of progressing these discussions and the refinement of their local community needs, which it is anticipated will lead to further discussions with the owners of Westcott Venture Park. These discussions are currently at an early stage, but this approach to the future development of the village which may be in the context of a Neighbourhood Plan, or other joint approach with support from the Parish Council and which would reflect the approach of the proposed policy. In this context, there may be circumstances where a Neighbourhood Plan was not possible, but where development can be shown to have the active support of the neighbourhood and/or Parish Council, policy should allow for it to be considered in a similar context. The policy is supported, particularly if it is broadened as suggested.

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VALP Proposed Submission

S2 Spatial Strategy for Growth

Representation ID: 711

Received: 12/12/2017

Respondent: Rockspring Hanover Property Unit Trust

Agent: Castle Planning

Representation Summary:

The sites identified in the HELA, which may form the growth at Westcott Village are not the most appropriate locations and all sites should be subject of more rigorous testing.

Full text:

Paragraph 3.16 of the Submission Draft Plan recognises the need for growth in villages, as part of the wider growth strategy for Aylesbury Vale.
In this context, Westcott is identified as small village, where development will come forward 'through planning applications assessed against planning policy' as opposed to allocations.
The level of growth which can be accommodated in these villages is informed by the identification of potential sites which might be capable of delivering the level of growth which is anticipated and/or acceptable in these locations. These sites are set out in the HELLA, which forms one of the background documents to the Plan and which reviews all sites put forward to the Plan. This document identifies 3 sites for Westcott village, the largest of which is 4.53ha, identified as having the potential to deliver 10 homes, on the basis that the assessment concludes that only the front side of the site is likely to be appropriate for development as an extension to the village (site reference WSC003).
The assessment notes that development of any more than the front section of the site would result in impact on listed buildings and the settlement pattern. It is considered that this site has not been subject of a robust assessment against specific criteria, which should be required of all potential future development sites. This should be not least in terms of their acceptability and deliverability, but also in the context of other technical considerations, such as archaeology. In this context, it may be that there are other sites in and around Westcott village, which can more suitably meet local needs, with a lesser or more acceptable level of impact.
The other two sites put forward in Westcott Village (reference WSC001 and WSC004) are 0.5ha is size each and which the HELLA concludes are not appropriate for development. We support this conclusion, although accept that all sites should be subject to detailed testing as set out above.

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VALP Proposed Submission

S1 Sustainable development for Aylesbury Vale

Representation ID: 713

Received: 12/12/2017

Respondent: Rockspring Hanover Property Unit Trust

Agent: Castle Planning

Representation Summary:

Support flexible employment provision and the delivery of associated ancillary facilities, particularly where these improve the sustainability of that employment function.

Full text:

In terms of Sustainable Growth, the Submission Draft Plan supports a mix of employment uses and employment facilities to enable flexible working. The owners of the Westcott Venture Park support this approach and the encouragement of sustainable and flexible employment space.

The growth of Westcott Venture Park will be extensive and diverse as a result of the Enterprise Zone designation and therefore planning policy which supports and will enable this is encouraged.

The ongoing and future growth and expansion of Westcott Venture Park may result in the opportunity for the development of not only a mix of employment types, but also a range of development to support the employment function of the Park. The encouragement of creation of a mix of employment and supporting facilities is therefore supported, as it is considered that this could and should enable more sustainable employment provision, where the use of an employment site is directly supported by associated facilities.

Westcott Venture Park has a very specific and unique employment focus, in space propulsion, environmental engineering and associated businesses and, although there are other, more 'mainstream' employers on the site, there is the requirement for employees with very specific, specialist skills. This does result in local employment, with the Park having been established in the area for many years, encouraging people with these specific skills to move locally, but there is inevitably employment of people who travel some distance to work at the site for specific roles and projects, due to the nature of the type of employment use. There are therefore people commuting both short and long distances and potentially people working at the site for specific (non-permanent) periods of time.

In sustainability terms, there are therefore some challenges of this, both on a daily basis, in terms of local commuter patterns, and more broadly in terms of employees and visitor/ short term employee requirements. These matters can be addressed more easily in terms of the 'day to day' more local commuter patterns, where sustainable Green Travel Plans and associated measures can be implemented to assist in reducing journeys. In terms of short term employees for training or project based roles, there may be more which can be done in terms of short-term accommodation etc. which could be considered as part of a sustainable employment approach and in the context of a flexible policy approach to employment and employment-related development, which would be supported.

Furthermore, due to the location of the site, it is relatively limited in its accessibility to local shops and services.
Westcott Venture Park has some on site ancillary facilities, but it is likely to be beneficial to increase these in the future, as part of the wider expansion of the Park. This will make for a more sustainable employment function, where people are not reliant on leaving the Park, thereby creating more traffic and journeys in order to meet their everyday working requirements. It will also have the benefit of creating more and broader employment opportunities at the Park.

The sustainability of any employment provision should also consider its relationship with the surrounding community. Although the Westcott Venture Park has a good relationship with the neighbouring Westcott village, there may be more which can be achieved in terms of the sharing of services and facilities. This should be considered in the context of employment growth, for example, where development can better meet social sustainability aspirations at the boundaries of the employment site, consideration should be given to the development of facilities which would have a wider social and community benefit in proximity to, but outside of, the boundaries of that employment designation.

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VALP Proposed Submission

2.4

Representation ID: 714

Received: 12/12/2017

Respondent: Rockspring Hanover Property Unit Trust

Agent: Castle Planning

Representation Summary:

Support for the identification of Westcott Venture Park and the Enterprise Zone status and reinforcement of the significance of this in terms of the delivery of future employment use.

Full text:

The Spatial Vision identifies Westcott Venture Park as one of Aylesbury Vale's allocated Enterprise Zone sites. The Enterprise Zone designation allows for the creation of a major economic growth opportunity at Westcott Venture Park. The development which can and will come forward in this location, particularly as a result of the Enterprise Zone designation, will have the potential to enhance and transform this existing strategic employment site and attract new investment into it.

The development at Westcott Venture Park will result in the expansion of its unique function as a centre of space propulsion and environmental engineering, with a concentration of high-tech research and development businesses in the fields of satellite and future propulsion systems. This will enable and facilitate a primary cluster of UK space organisations all using the test facilities. The development intended through the EZ at Westcott will ultimately facilitate the delivery of 72,000 sq.m of new commercial floor space and up to 880 skilled jobs.
This anticipated development is underway, with a number of current planning applications, including in relation to works to upgrade the roundabout entrance to the site, to improve its accessibility and enable the delivery of this growth. We therefore overall support the Spatial Vision of the Plan, particularly in relation to Westcott Venture Park and the anticipated growth in employment floorspace anticipated in this location during the Plan period and as part of the EZ designation.

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VALP Proposed Submission

1.43

Representation ID: 715

Received: 12/12/2017

Respondent: Rockspring Hanover Property Unit Trust

Agent: Castle Planning

Representation Summary:

The Submission Draft Local Plan identifies Westcott Venture Park as an, 'important large employment location'. We support this reference, in the context of the Enterprise Zone designation of this site, which allows for the considerable future growth and development of the employment use in this location, which will continue to be brought forward through the Plan period, as set out.

Full text:

The Submission Draft Local Plan identifies Westcott Venture Park as an, 'important large employment location'. We support this reference, in the context of the Enterprise Zone designation of this site, which allows for the considerable future growth and development of the employment use in this location, which will continue to be brought forward through the Plan period, as set out.

Support

VALP Proposed Submission

1.43

Representation ID: 716

Received: 12/12/2017

Respondent: Rockspring Hanover Property Unit Trust

Agent: Castle Planning

Representation Summary:

The representations submitted by the owners of Westcott Venture Park, support the general provisions of the Plan and in relation to this matter, set out the context of WVP's interests in this context.

Full text:

The representations are prepared on behalf of Rockspring Hanover Property Unit Trust, as the owners of Westcott Venture Park, Westcott, Aylesbury generally support the provisions of the Plan. The Westcott Venture Park is a 650 acre business park, on the site of a former RAF operational training unit, which opened in 1945. Since this time, the site has evolved through a range of military related uses and developed a particular niche in rocket testing. The Park has also diversified to provide space for a range of businesses and today comprises industrial and office accommodation in units from 120 - 300,000 sqft in size.

In planning terms, Westcott Venture Park forms part of the Aylesbury Vale Enterprise Zone ("EZ"). This is one of three designated EZ sites, which represent a major economic growth opportunity for Buckinghamshire, having the potential to transform and enhance these existing strategic employment sites and attract new investment.

The Westcott Venture Park is identified as being well placed to develop as a centre of space propulsion and environmental engineering, with a concentration of high-tech research and development in the fields of satellite and future propulsion systems. It is anticipated that a primary cluster of UK space organisations will form there, all using the test facilities. The development intended through the EZ at Westcott will facilitate the delivery of 72,000 sq.m of new commercial floor space and up to 880 skilled jobs.

In addition, the announcement from the UK Space Agency to invest over £4m in a National Propulsion Test Facility at Westcott, will put Bucks on the global map as a centre of excellence in space technology testing.

It is therefore vital that the Local Plan for Aylesbury Vale facilitates and encourages this extent and nature of development anticipated by the EZ status.

It is noted that the Plan has a major focus on the delivery of homes in Aylesbury, where over half of homes are intended to be located, in the new Garden Town development planned. In terms of employment, the Plan identifies a requirement for 27ha of new employment land, which is more than met through the employment land already identified or planned in the area, therefore the Plan does not look to release any residential land for employment use, nor is specifically looking to identify more employment land than that already identified in this Plan.
We support this position in principle. At Westcott Venture Park, the Enterprise Zone designation provides a significant opportunity for the delivery of additional employment floorspace in the Plan period. Furthermore, work has been ongoing to work to secure the necessary infrastructure to facilitate this growth and development, for example, funding has been secured through s106 linked to existing planning permissions for the development of a new roundabout entrance off the A41, which will enable the delivery of further floorspace at the Westcott Venture Park, as anticipated by the EZ designation.

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