Thursday, 9 January 2014

Aylesbury Plan

Green fields threatened as Vale of Aylesbury Plan thrown out

A government planning inspector says he wants to throw out the Vale of Aylesbury Plan. He argues that the Plan, which has been some years in preparation, does not allow for enough housing. Aylesbury Vale council had planned for 3,850 new homes and a minimum of 6,000 new jobs by 2031. The inspector says that this is not enough.

Inspector Kevin Ward said that Aylesbury Vale has failed in its legal duty to cooperate with neighbouring councils over housing numbers. Milton Keynes wants to expand into Aylesbury Vale and Luton borough says that it can’t accommodate all the housing it needs within its area. The implication is that Aylesbury Vale must now plan for higher housing levels.

The council has no realistic choice other than to withdraw its current plan and it is likely to do this at the beginning of February. This will lead the district open to unplanned housing developments. Developers will be able to argue that the area does not have an up-to-date local plan and that it has failed to identify a five year land supply for housing. They can then cite the National Planning Policy Framework, which says in this situation the presumption in favour of sustainable development applies. In these circumstances, planning inspectors routinely approve housing plans regardless of the wishes of local councils and communities.

A public inquiry into three housing schemes totalling 3,000 homes at Hampden Fields, Fleet Marston and Weedon Hill on the outskirts of Aylesbury finished in December. No one should now be surprised if these schemes are approved under the presumption in favour of sustainable development, even though they conflict with the draft Vale of Aylesbury Plan.

Developers have been bidding to build over green fields around Winslow. Gladman Developments is now likely to appeal over the refusal of a scheme at Shipton, and push for housing schemes elsewhere around the town. It is a moot point whether the draft Winslow neighbourhood plan will offer any protection in the new circumstances. There is also a question whether the neighbourhood plan can be completed until the level of housing needed in the Vale of Aylesbury is resolved.  


  1. Why do we have to have so much more housing in Aylesbury Vale?

    1. Because according to the planners there are going to be large numbers of people looking for housing in Aylesbury Vale who will be working in the Milton Keynes area or in the southern parts of the county where the local economy is expanding.. As we know there will be few jobs available in Aylesbury Vale so this means that all these new residents will need to travel long distances to work which will put tremendous strain on the roads which are already near to full capacity at peak hours.

      This represents a big challenge for the local authority who need to build more and more houses to satisfy the planners, but this puts huge pressure on the local infrastructure
      where the money is tight and often available to build new roads,schools etc to accomomodate these proposed housing developments.

  2. The Council's planning mess & the risk of development approval as a result is disturbing & seems somewhat irrational.