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VALP Proposed Submission

S2 Spatial Strategy for Growth

Representation ID: 1109

Received: 14/12/2017

Respondent: Inland Homes and Western Mead Farms Ltd

Agent: Nexus Planning Ltd

Legally compliant? Yes

Sound? No

Duty to co-operate? Not specified

Representation Summary:

The evidence base underpinning the Policy S2 housing figure fundamentally under assesses FOAN for Aylesbury Vale and the wider HMA. As set out in detail within our supporting report, consequently, Policy S2 fails all of the NPPF paragraph 182 soundness tests. Our recommended approach to rectify the soundness failings are set out within paragraph 86 of our supporting report.

Full text:

On behalf of Inland Homes and Western Mead Farms Ltd please see attached our supporting report relating to Policy S2.

Overview of this report is:
This outlines that concerns about the HEDNA, namely that the HEDNA, contrary to national policy (NPPF) and guidance (the Planning Practice Guidance ("PPG") fails to:
(a) Provide local evidence justifying the downward adjustments applied to the official household projection demographic starting point housing figure for Aylesbury Vale and the wider HMA;
(b) Properly support job creation and economic growth;
(c) Properly respond to worsening market signals; and
(d) Robustly assess affordable housing need within Aylesbury and the wider HMA.
4. Overall, our analysis concludes that the HEDNA under assesses the FOAN for Aylesbury Vale and the wider HMA authorities. Whilst we welcome Aylesbury Vale District Council's ("AVDC") commitment within Policy S2 to help meet unmet needs within the Buckinghamshire functional housing market area ("HMA"), in accordance with national policy and guidance, the Council must firstly meet its own FOAN before seeking to help meet unmet needs within the wider HMA. Consequently, Policy S2 therefore fails all of the NPPF paragraph 182 soundness tests.
It concludes that the FOAN for Aylesbury Vale should be 27,273 which is 1,364dpa.

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