13/9/21 – New Local Plan shortly to be adopted for Buckinghamshire

After almost ten years in the making, the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan is expected to be adopted by the council later this week (15 September 2021).

The new plan is welcomed as it will replace the very out of date existing plan which was adopted back in 2004, some 17 years ago.

The new plan was recently found sound by the Planning Inspectorate and issues previously raised in respect of the duty to cooperate and housing numbers have been resolved. The plan now provides some 30,134 homes up to 2033, a significant uplift compared to the previous submitted plan which proposed only 13,850 new homes, which was found unsound in 2014.

Housing development is focused on the area’s strategic settlements, most particularly Aylesbury, as well as a significant allocation adjacent to Milton Keynes. Specific housing provision is also made for older persons.

Given the time it has taken to prepare the plan, it should be noted that it is based on the 2012 National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and does not reflect fully the content of the newer 2019 NPPF. However, due to transitional arrangements, it is still considered to be an up to date local plan in the context of the newer NPPF

Aitchison Raffety’s Planning Division is very active through Buckinghamshire and we would be delighted to provide any planning matters you or your clients may have.

Contact James Holmes on 01442 291785 or via email to james.holmes@argroup.co.uk.