Aylesbury Vale District Council have reported that there will be a consultation on the draft Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP) for eight weeks from July 2016. In an Overview Report heard at the Strategic Development Management Committee on Friday 20th May 2016 officer’s provided an update on the position of the current housing land supply, the new emerging Local Plan and how existing local planning policies should be interpreted.
The Council have published updated figures that there is a shortfall of allocated housing land or sites with planning permission, meaning that they are not able to meet the ‘objectively assessed need’ for new homes. The current housing land supply is 4.5 years for 2016/17 and 4.2 years supply for 2017/18.
In light of the Council’s lack of a five year housing land supply the Council have reported that various policies in the 2004 Local Plan are now out of date and should not be used to determine applications, particularly those restricting new residential development in the rural area. Planning applications should therefore be considered in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), and with a presumption in favour of sustainable development and an overall planning balance.
Following the call for sites consultation at the end of 2015, a draft new Local Plan has been prepared by the Council and will be published in July 2016. This will be consulted on for eight weeks until early September. This should include their proposed approach to housing and employment, where the Council envisage new development taking place and in what time frame.
We continue to monitor the progress of the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan, as well as other local authorities plans. We would be pleased to assist you in reviewing land that you have available for development and submitting details to the Council during the consultation period on your behalf. Get in touch with us today if you want to find out more and get involved.Back to articles