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VALP Further Main Modifications

Habitats Regulations Assessment

Representation ID: 3768

Received: 03/02/2021

Respondent: Wendover Parish Council

Legally compliant? Not specified

Sound? Not specified

Representation Summary:

Officer summary:

The A413 has not been considered in the effects of the major housing developments on the SAC sites.

Water resources issues have still to be addressed for this water and sewage stressed area, where are the plans for this?
The Weston Turville reservoir SSSI, the Bacombe Hill Local Nature Reserve or the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in general.) will need support and protection from recreational pressures. They have not been identified as protected open spaces in these HRAs.
Whilst Air Pollution effects have been estimated for the Beechwoods SAC and Aston Rowant SAC, there are no figures for the A413 on the Chilterns AONB etc, which is highly congested in normal times with schools, jobs etc.

Full text:

Wendover Parish Council agrees in principle with the majority of the VALP main modifications 2020-21.
There are four concerns:
ED247 HRA
In this document, the A413 has not been considered in the effects of the major housing developments on the SAC sites. There is no mention of the effects on Coombe Hill NT site, the Weston Turville reservoir SSSI, the Bacombe Hill Local Nature Reserve or the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in general.
ED247A
In this appendix
“Chapter 5HRA Screening Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan 2013-2033June 2019LUC I 48 SSSI
Water resources
4.42 ....‘The results of the Thames Water supply assessments show that for most settlements, proposed development is unlikely to have a negative impact on water supply. Some settlements including Aylesbury, Haddenham and Wendover have insufficient resources but there is planning and funding in place to meet future demand. In terms of water supply infrastructure, development at most settlements would have a low impact on the local network. However, development in locations such as those listed above, would have a significant impact on supply infrastructure and would require significant investment to accommodate new demand’.
These issues have still to be addressed for this water and sewage stressed area, where are the plans for this?
5.26 The TBH Delivery Framework (DF) – which is endorsed by Natural England, and which was scrutinised for robustness and appropriateness by the Technical Assessor of the South East Plan – suggests that at distances between 400m and 5km, residential housing is likely to result in significant effects associated with recreation. Beyond this distance, the Assessor recommended that larger developments between 5 and 7km from the SPA be assessed and may be required to provide appropriate mitigation.....
5.27 As specified above, it has been assumed that housing increases within 7km of the Chiltern Beechwoods SAC could contribute, either alone or in combination, to likely significant effects associated with increases in recreational pressures. The Ashridge Commons and Woods , which was identified as being particularly sensitive to recreational pressures, is located over 7km from housing allocations specified in the VALP, and therefore is not expected to be significantly affected by increases in recreational pressures.

5.28 The only housing allocation within 7km of the Chilterns Beechwood SAC is HAL03 (RAF Halton). This site is located 2.9km to the west of Tring Woodlands SSSI, and 5.3km to the northeast of Ellesborough and Kimble Warren SSSI ....”

In the current lockdown climate the pressure on recreation spaces and those cited above, has been huge. Large numbers of residents from Aylesbury and the surrounding areas are driving to these sites and causing enormous erosion of paths and trampling across tracks of grassland. With further increases in the local population these areas (Coombe Hill NT site, the Weston Turville reservoir SSSI, the Bacombe Hill Local Nature Reserve or the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in general.) will need support and protection. They have not been identified as protected open spaces in these HRAs.
Air Pollution
Whilst the effects have been estimated for the Beechwoods SAC and Aston Rowant SAC, there are no figures for the A413 on the Chilterns AONB etc, which is highly congested in normal times with schools, jobs etc. The negative effects of HS2 have also been omitted even though HS2 will be the biggest multiplier of traffic generated pollution for the period of the VALP. The A413 is now a preferred route for HS2 construction traffic according to recent updates, creating more issues.

Sheila Bulpett
On behalf of Wendover Parish Council

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