Here is an update of what we have been doing on your behalf in recent weeks and an overview of the key issues as we go into 2017. Please come to the next public meeting on 9th February (see below).
‘HAMPDEN FIELDS’, ONE YEAR ON…
The Hampden Fields planning application was registered by AVDC on 5th February 2016. Almost one year on it has still not been decided. So much for quick “decision making” in planning! It is obvious that there are severe issues with it which YOUR MONEY has helped to expose. The Action Group check every day for any developments.
We have now written to the Secretary of State to ask for him to intervene in this very unsatisfactory situation. In support of that we also had another meeting with our MP David Lidington.
TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT
We commented strongly to Bucks County Council on their draft Aylesbury Transport Strategy. Our full examination of the plan revealed several serious flaws in it. There are two key issues:
1) The assertion that a series of link roads around Aylesbury will form ‘an external circular ring road’ – in other words, a bypass — is incorrect. THERE IS NO BYPASS, only a series of low speed (30mph) link roads which do not even join up. They will also have many crossing points and public footpaths, along with 15,584 houses.You will note that key parts of this ‘ring’ are “aspirational” roads meaning there is no intention of building them as part of this plan!
2) The new link roads will shift some traffic off certain roads into Aylesbury but more traffic will be added back on because of all the houses. The result will be INCREASED TRAFFIC GOING INTO Aylesbury.
Bucks County Council continue to refuse to meet with us and discuss the issues facing the Aylesbury Area.
Our full report is available on our website
VALE OF AYLESBURY LOCAL PLAN
The District Council have delayed their LOCAL PLAN again. The reason given is that the housing need has been reduced from 33,000 to 27,000. In fact, it is most likely because there have been serious issues in putting 15,584 houses around Aylesbury mainly associated with traffic, air quality, and flooding.
IMPORTANT PUBLIC MEETING 9TH FEBRUARY 2017
There is considerable effort going into a complex campaign which involves fighting Hampden Fields, the Aylesbury Transport strategy, the Local Plan, the “Woodlands” development and several others in the area. These elements are all interlinked: for example, Hampden Fields and Woodlands depend on the link roads, which themselves are part of the transport strategy and the local plan. Please remember we are spending considerable amounts of money so please come and show your support, hear more about the issues and ask your questions.
Weston Turville Village Hall, School Approach, Weston Turville, HP22 5RD at 7 pm Thursday 9th February.
As ever, thank you for your continued support.
Amanda, Chris, David, Dennis, Glynn, Peter & Phil