Re-think call on housing growth

AVDC leader Neil Blake
AVDC leader Neil Blake

It’s back to the drawing board for planners in Aylesbury Vale who have been told by the government that they must rethink their housing-building programme.

An independent planning inspector has advised AVDC to withdraw its blueprint for homes and job creation and to work more with neighbouring authorities in devising a new, realistic, plan.

The public were involved in creating a development plan that would see around 13,850 new homes and a minimum of 6,000 new jobs, along with all the necessary infrastructure, created in the district by 2031.

But the government’s planning inspector, Kevin Ward, has refused to sign it off saying that: “The council is planning for a level of growth well below that indicated by its own evidence.”

He also criticised them for not working with neighbouring councils who are also involved in creating their own housing growth strategies.

AVDC leader Neil Blake, said: “We are incredibly disappointed and surprised at the inspector’s conclusions.

“ We believed our plan was in the best interests of the local area and created the right balance of new housing, for the development of the area.

“ We also felt the Vale of Aylesbury Plan followed the government’s localism agenda by reflecting the views of the local community rather than housing numbers being imposed on us by others.

“Unfortunately, we’ve had mixed messages and changing requirements from central government throughout the process.”

A decision about how the council will proceed will be brought to the next full council meeting on February 5.