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VALP Main Modifications

MM070

Representation ID: 3497

Received: 09/01/2020

Respondent: Barratt Homes

Agent: Graham Bloomfield

Legally compliant? No

Sound? No

Representation Summary:

The Council's conclusions on the approach to proposed Modifications to Policy D2 do not indicate that a broader assessment of the spatial strategy for North East Aylesbury Vale has been undertaken. Specifically, no account appears to be taken of future infrastructure investment, including the delivery of East-West Rail.
As a result, the proposed spatial strategy for North East Aylesbury Vale cannot be considered the most appropriate strategy, compared against other reasonable alternatives (including our client's strategic opportunity at Park Manor) in accordance with the requirements of Paragraph 182 of the NPPF2012.

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Object

VALP Main Modifications

MM071

Representation ID: 3498

Received: 09/01/2020

Respondent: Barratt Homes

Agent: Graham Bloomfield

Legally compliant? No

Sound? No

Representation Summary:

The representations recommend that in order to support references to North East Aylesbury Vale introduced as a result of proposed Modifications it is necessary to recognise the wider strategic priorities of this part of the plan area (e.g. as a result of East-West rail). The proposed Modifications fail to reflect a wider vision for the North East Aylesbury Vale part of the plan area, and in-fact seek to introduce additional protections that would prevent this being achieved in future.

Change suggested by respondent:

Insert before the Policy Text for Policy D2:
The North East Aylesbury Vale component of the spatial strategy supports the plan's strategic priorities including the delivery of East-West Rail and seeking to manage and reduce commuting flows. Growth in North East Aylesbury Vale will be managed to conserve and enhance the character and identity of individual settlements and sustain their role in the settlement hierarchy, including as part of a landscape-led approach. The overall vision for North East Aylesbury Vale positively supports opportunities that complement anticipated future changes in land use (including infrastructure corridors) and assist in meeting local priorities for sustainable development, including the delivery of community infrastructure and sustainable transport links.

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VALP Main Modifications

MM074

Representation ID: 3499

Received: 09/01/2020

Respondent: Barratt Homes

Agent: Graham Bloomfield

Legally compliant? Not specified

Sound? No

Representation Summary:

The proposed Modifications seek to introduce specific additional policy considerations regarding requirements to protect against actual or perceived coalescence. In relation to the proposed amendments to the spatial strategy for North East Aylesbury Vale these suggested Modifications are considered not justified and not positively prepared, and therefore unsound.
The proposed reference to the site at Salden Chase as represented by D-NLV001 forming the 'western edge of Milton Keynes' is unnecessary and unsound. The evidence base for the VALP does not demonstrate that that this is justified in terms of supporting the most appropriate strategy compared with other reasonable alternatives.

Change suggested by respondent:

MM074 (proposed changes in bold)
Site-specific Requirements:
Conserving and enhancing the natural environment. In terms of the impact on the landscape, site proposal should use land efficiently and create a well-defined boundary as the western edge of Milton Keynes between the settlement and the countryside, ensuring that Newton Longville, Whaddon, Mursley and Far Bletchley remain separately identifiable.
Landscape:
Site proposals will be required to respect and complement the physical characteristics of the site and its surroundings, including the implementation of a defensible boundary along the western edge of Milton Keynes. Proposals will be required to identify the building tradition of the locality, and the scale and context of the setting, the natural qualities and features of the area, and the effect of the development on important public views and skylines and demonstrate a landscape-led approach to conserving and enhancing the separate character and identify of including the protection of Newton Longville and Whaddon villages.

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VALP Main Modifications

MM013

Representation ID: 3500

Received: 09/01/2020

Respondent: Barratt Homes

Agent: Graham Bloomfield

Legally compliant? Not specified

Sound? No

Representation Summary:

Policy S3 (and the definition at footnote 7 and 8) states that regard should be had to any perceived further coalescence between settlements. It is important that a flexible approach is adopted towards these requirements, particularly where the VALP itself does not provide a longer-term vision for North East Aylesbury Vale.
Unsound policy restrictions on future development in relation to coalescence should therefore be avoided. References to 'further' and 'perceived' coalescence in Policy S3 and footnote 7/8 should therefore be omitted to enable consideration on a site-by-site basis, as demonstrated for the strategic opportunity at Park Manor.

Change suggested by respondent:

MM013 (proposed changes in bold):
Part of the character of Aylesbury Vale is the distribution of settlements with individual identities. Settlement identity therefore needs to be protected to retain this important element in the area's character. The Council will therefore seek to preserve prevent the character and identities of neighbouring settlements or communities being degraded by development that would negatively affect their individual identities. To further protect the area's character the Council council will endorse a landscape-led approach to supporting development that conserves and enhances the settlement pattern and also resist development that would compromise the open character of the countryside between settlements, especially where the gaps between them are already small

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Object

VALP Main Modifications

MM014

Representation ID: 3502

Received: 09/01/2020

Respondent: Barratt Homes

Agent: Graham Bloomfield

Legally compliant? Not specified

Sound? No

Representation Summary:

Policy S3 (and the definition at footnote 7 and 8) states that regard should be had to any perceived further coalescence between settlements. It is important that a flexible approach is adopted towards these requirements, particularly where the VALP itself does not provide a longer-term vision for North East Aylesbury Vale.
Unsound policy restrictions on future development in relation to coalescence should therefore be avoided. References to 'further' and 'perceived' coalescence in Policy S3 and footnote 7/8 should therefore be omitted to enable consideration on a site-by-site basis, as demonstrated for the strategic opportunity at Park Manor.

Change suggested by respondent:

MM014 (proposed changes in bold):
The scale and distribution of development should accord with the settlement hierarchy set out in Table 2, and the site allocation policies that arise from it and the requirements of Policy S1. Other than for specific proposals which accord with policies in the plan to support thriving rural communities and land the development of allocations in the Plan, or where it has been demonstrated that the proposals would contribute towards cohesive development and complement the objectives of the spatial strategy, new development in the countryside should be avoided, especially where it would...

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Object

VALP Main Modifications

MM015

Representation ID: 3503

Received: 09/01/2020

Respondent: Barratt Homes

Agent: Graham Bloomfield

Legally compliant? Not specified

Sound? No

Representation Summary:

Policy S3 (and the definition at footnote 7 and 8) states that regard should be had to any perceived further coalescence between settlements. It is important that a flexible approach is adopted towards these requirements, particularly where the VALP itself does not provide a longer-term vision for North East Aylesbury Vale.
Unsound policy restrictions on future development in relation to coalescence should therefore be avoided. References to 'further' and 'perceived' coalescence in Policy S3 and footnote 7/8 should therefore be omitted to enable consideration on a site-by-site basis, as demonstrated for the strategic opportunity at Park Manor.

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Object

VALP Main Modifications

MM007

Representation ID: 3504

Received: 09/01/2020

Respondent: Barratt Homes

Agent: Graham Bloomfield

Legally compliant? Not specified

Sound? No

Representation Summary:

The principle of the proposed Modification is supported given the need to meet additional requirements for growth. In the absence of a clear spatial strategy for North East Aylesbury Vale it is suggested that additional flexibility is incorporated into policy wording.
It is not considered necessary for soundness to specifically refer to the location of sites adjacent to Milton Keynes in terms of setting out the objectives for this part of the plan area as a component of the spatial strategy. This will enable consideration of other opportunities for development beyond those areas adjacent to the existing Milton Keynes Boundary.

Change suggested by respondent:

Development will be allocated in accordance with the settlement hierarchy taking a capacity-led approach. It is also an Aylesbury Garden Town first approach. Therefore, the main focus of development will be in sustainable locations at Aylesbury Garden Town where the majority of development will be located. The remainder of housing will be then be located in the next most sustainable locations, the other strategic settlements, which are Buckingham, Haddenham, Winslow and Wendover and in accordance with the spatial strategy and strategic priorities for North East Aylesbury Vale', the north east of Aylesbury Vale adjacent to Milton Keynes, together with an appropriate level of development at the most sustainable settlements in the rural areas.

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Object

VALP Main Modifications

MM080

Representation ID: 3506

Received: 09/01/2020

Respondent: Barratt Homes

Agent: Graham Bloomfield

Legally compliant? Not specified

Sound? No

Representation Summary:

The principle of the proposed Modification is supported given the need to meet additional requirements for growth. This seeks to introduce some flexibility for the delivery of larger scale development at Larger Villages and Medium Villages where other allocations are not delivered as expected. It is suggested that additional flexibility is incorporated into policy wording to reflect the circumstances of our client's strategic opportunity at Park Manor.
The suggested Modifications fail to reflect the priorities and opportunities for this part of the plan area, and do not provide a clear direction for how policies for non-allocated sites might be assessed.

Change suggested by respondent:

Proposed changes to Policy D3 Part 2(c)
be located within or adjacent to the existing developed footprint of the settlement or complement the strategic opportunities for growth at North East Aylesbury Vale * except where there is a made neighbourhood plan which includes defines a settlement or development boundary, where the site is should be located entirely within that settlement boundary

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Object

VALP Main Modifications

MM020

Representation ID: 3508

Received: 09/01/2020

Respondent: Barratt Homes

Agent: Graham Bloomfield

Legally compliant? Not specified

Sound? No

Representation Summary:

Ensuring a positive approach to the preparation of Neighbourhood Plans is generally endorsed. Given that AVDC has undertaken limited additional work on the settlement hierarchy nor taken account of future infrastructure investment and increases to the capacity of services and facilities (e.g. East-West Rail) it is considered that Neighbourhood Plans in North East Aylesbury Vale should positively assess additional opportunities for growth, ahead of a review of the Local Plan. This would ensure that Neighbourhood Plans look to complement the broader objectives of the spatial strategy.

Change suggested by respondent:

Proposed additional criterion following supporting text at Paragraph 3.75
demonstrate that opportunities to support additional growth have been positively assessed where this would complement the strategic priorities and spatial strategy in the relevant part of the plan area

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Object

VALP Main Modifications

MM022

Representation ID: 3509

Received: 09/01/2020

Respondent: Barratt Homes

Agent: Graham Bloomfield

Legally compliant? Not specified

Sound? Not specified

Representation Summary:

These representations continue to emphasise the requirement for an early review of the Local Plan, drawing upon relevant local examples (e.g. Bedford Borough and Luton) where the level of housing proposed is significantly local housing need proposed by the government's standard method and cross-boundary strategic priorities are not fully addressed.
Any specific failure to deliver the VALP's proposed allocations in North East Aylesbury Vale (i.e. delays to the proposed strategic sites at Salden Chase and Shenley Park) should be considered amongst the criteria necessitating early review of the Local Plan.

Change suggested by respondent:

Proposed additional criterion following supporting text at Paragraph 3.77
Delays to delivery of the spatial strategy for North East Aylesbury Vale or evidence of a significant change in circumstances to demonstrate that a review of the Local Plan is necessary to support the strategic priorities, including infrastructure delivery and allocation of additional sites, in this part of the plan area

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