Have an input on Vale’s future

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Residents, town and parish councils, developers and organisations are being given an opportunity to feed into preparations for Aylesbury Vale’s new blueprint for future development up to 2031.

Aylesbury Vale District Council is now consulting on the content and scope of its new Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP), which will be the authority’s planning document for growth up to 2031.

The council is producing a new Local Plan following the withdrawal of its previous planning blueprint, the Vale of Aylesbury Plan (VAP), in February. The full council voted to withdraw the VAP after it was found ‘unsound’ by the Planning Inspectorate.

The Local Plan is a statutory document which all planning authorities are required to produce. It will guide decisions on developments and regeneration across the district and set out how and where homes, jobs, community facilities, shops and infrastructure will be delivered.

Communities in Aylesbury Vale are also being asked to suggest potential development sites across the district.

The council wants people to identify any land that might be suitable for housing, employment, retail, leisure or other uses.

Putting a site forward for consideration does not guarantee that the council will allocate the site or support its development in the future, as all sites will be judged against relevant planning policies and other considerations.

Councillor Carole Paternoster, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, said: “It is essential that this is a transparent process involving community interest from the start. We want communities to engage with us early before any decisions are taken. Everyone has a right to say what kind of place they want to live in.”

People have until 5pm on May 28 to comment on the content and scope of the new plan or submit their site suggestions and can do so online at www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk

Alternatively, forms can be obtained from Planning Policy, AVDC, The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP19 8FF. Call 01296 585439 or email planningpolicy@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk to request a copy.