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Temporary Changes to Membership

Any changes will be reported at the meeting.



Councillor K Hewson substituted for Councillor A Cole



To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 13 June 2016. Copy attached.




That the minutes of the meeting held on 13 June 2016 be approved as a correct record.


Declaration of Interest

Members to declare any interests.



There were none.


VALP Scrutiny Responses to Draft Local Plan pdf icon PDF 73 KB

To consider the report attached. The Draft Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan that was considered at Council on 28 June can be accessed here Agenda for Council on Tuesday 28th June 2016, 6.30 pm


Documents published on 7 July 2016 can be accessed here Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan - Draft Plan | AVDC


It was reported that following consideration by the VALP Scrutiny Committee on 13 June, Cabinet on 15 June and Council on 2, the draft VALP had been approved for consultation commencing on 7 July. The closing date of the consultation was 5 September 2016. Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP) | AVDC


A pre submission consultation draft VALP would be considered at the VALP Scrutiny Committee on 19 December, Cabinet on 21 December, 2016 and Council on 16 January 2017. The plan would be subject to six weeks formal consultation and would be submitted for Examination during March 2017.


A number of significant issues had been identified in the draft VALP.


Unmet Need


The Buckinghamshire Housing and Economic Development Needs Assessment (HEDNA) had established that to meet the Vale’s own needs, VALP should deliver 21,300 new homes between 2013 and 2033. However, the NPPF stated that "The plan should be prepared based on a strategy which seeks to meet objectively assessed development requirements, including unmet need requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development" (paragraph 182). Councils to the south of the Vale had reported they could not meet their need due to constraints such as the Green Belt and the AONB. Their unmet need was around 12,000 new homes which would bring the total need for Aylesbury Vale  to a potential 33,300 dwellings.


Achieving Expected Capacity


In order to determine how this amount of housing could be distributed the Council had published a revised settlement hierarchy and had also prepared a Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) which examined the suitability of development sites in the Vale. Combining both, the resultant capacity came to 31,642 houses. As there were not enough suitable sites to meet the settlement hierarchy requirement in many villages or in Aylesbury, further work would have to be undertaken with parish and town councils to identify suitable sites to meet capacity in the villages. These sites would then be included in the Local Plan as potential allocations to be released 12 months after the Local Plan was adopted. This, in turn, would enable parish councils to review or draw up their Neighbourhood Plans. Potentially the Woodlands site would meet the shortfall in Aylesbury.


Employment Land over provision


The forecast requirement for B1/B2/B8 employment land was 22ha whilst the committed supply was 72ha which did not include the Woodlands element. As the allocation of further housing for the necessary workers was not appropriate, the employment provision would need to be reduced. Although an internal review of employment sites had taken place, discussions should take place with landowners before any decisions were made.


Green Belt


A review of the Green Belt had identified an area to the north east of Wendover that could be allocated for housing. Without this, Wendover would have virtually no new housing despite it being a sustainable location for development and strategic settlement. The review had also suggested that an element of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.