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Representations on VALP Proposed Submission - S8 Neighbourhood plans
OBJECT Hallam Land Management represented by David Lock Associates (N Freer)
Hallam understands the aim of the VALP to allow Neighbourhood Plans the opportunity to progress sites to deliver the housing requirement set out in the Local Plan. Hallam supports this objective but is concerned that the aim is frustrated by the allocation of specific sites in the Buckingham Neighbourhood Plan Area - thereby prejudging the NP process in key parts of the District. The approach to Buckingham is therefore unsound . It is not about positive planning. It is not effective. It is not justified in the choice of sites made.
OBJECT Hallam Land Management represented by David Lock Associates (N Freer)
Hallam understands the aim of the Policy S8 to allow Neighbourhood Plans the opportunity to progress sites to deliver the housing requirement set out in the Local Plan. Hallam supports this objective but is concerned that the aim may be frustrated by the alternative policies of the VALP - not least of which includes the allocation of specific sites in Neighbourhood Plan Areas - thereby prejudging the NP process in key parts of the District. Amendments are necessary to secure soundness.
OBJECT O&H Properties Ltd. represented by David Lock Associates (Heather Pugh)
Policy S8 on Neighbourhood Plans should be amended to include a requirement for Neighbourhood Plans to take account of and accommodate proposed (and committed) strategic infrastructure (East-West Rail and Expressway) to ensure that Plans do not inadvertently or deliberately frustrate or prejudice the delivery of such infrastructure.
SUPPORT Wendover Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group (Mr Jonathan Clover)
As a group the SG welcomes any support in preparing the WNP. In commenting on
the specific matters of homes, jobs, and facilities the SG is reflecting on the feedback
from the public as to what they feel should be addressed in the WNP.
Given that the housing needs, identified by the VALP for the area are being met
outside the Wendover Parish plan area, the WNP is likely to reflect this in its
assessment of local housing need.
Similarly, in terms of jobs, the WNP
OBJECT North Bucks Parishes Planning Consortium (Mr Geoff Culverhouse)
there are allocations of specific additional sites at Strategic Settlements with made Neighbourhood Plans, as opposed to a strategic number of homes to be delivered. This is contrary to -
* NPPF para 185 covering the key aim/promise of Neighbourhood Planning which enables communities to decide where new homes should be located,
* various Ministerial Statements along the same lines; and
* para 1.20 of the proposed Submission VALP which confirms that made Neighbourhood Plans can determine how development will take place in their area.
This aspect of the Plan is therefore not 'justified'
OBJECT Crest Strategic Projects represented by Savills Southampton (Mr Jon Gateley)
the approach taken by the VALP at two separate settlements (Buckingham and Winslow) has not reflected this, with housing allocations over and above recently completed NPDs proposed to come forward within a needlessly and unrealistically compressed timescale (Technical Appendix 6). This contrasts with National Planning Practice Guidance.
the previous draft of the VALP did not seek to allocate individual sites for development in the towns, or propose timescales that conflict with Neighbourhood Plans. This is an important distinction between the two versions of the plan; with the latter Submission Draft unnecessarily expanding its remit in this respect.
OBJECT Persimmon Homes Midlands represented by Bidwells (Mr Robert Love)
Whilst we recognise the importance of Neighbourhood Plans, we consider that where a Neighbourhood Plan has already been 'made' within the Vale, these will need to be reviewed to ensure that they contribute towards and are in general conformity with the strategic policies and approach of the VALP once adopted. This requirement should be explicitly set out under the policy.
OBJECT Careys New Homes represented by Bidwells (Mr Robert Love)
Whilst we recognise the importance of Neighbourhood Plans, we consider that where a Neighbourhood
Plan has already been 'made' within the Vale, these will need to be reviewed to ensure that they contribute
towards and are in general conformity with the strategic policies and approach of the VALP once adopted.
This requirement should be explicitly set out under the policy.
OBJECT Thornborough Parish Council (Maggie Beach)
* Neighbourhood Plans need to be given due weight in Policy. Thornborough Parish Council believes that the Plan lacks clarity on the status of Neighbourhood Plans made already within the District. Section 8 deals only with new NDPs coming forward. There also appears to be a lack of consistency in approach to NDPs throughout. The relationship between the VALP and existing NDPs is not clear and therefore not robust.
OBJECT DPD Architects (Mr Mark Longworth)
Policy S8 should be reworded, to ensure Neighbourhood Plans reflect needs as demonstrated in their evidence bases.
SUPPORT Wates Developments Ltd. represented by Boyer Planning Ltd (Jonathan Liberman)
The Buckingham Neighbourhood Plan was prepared and made prior to this VALP which now proposes to allocate two further strategic sites including site reg BUC046. The allocation of strategic sites in areas with made neighbourhood plans is fully supported.
OBJECT Gladman Developments Ltd (Ms Nicole Penfold)
Policy doesn't serve much of a purpose as it just summarises the Neighbourhood Planning Basic Conditions.
OBJECT Catesby Estates Limited represented by Barton Willmore (Alastair Bird)
it is considered that the supporting paragraphs to draft Policy S8 should clarify that the
BNDP does not allocate sufficient housing to meet the District Council's OAHN and that any shortfall
will be addressed through additional allocations within the VALP. Otherwise, it may not be sufficiently
clear from the reading of draft Policy S8 that additional housing is required above the allocations set out within the 'made' BNDP. Indeed, adoption of the VALP would mean that the BNDP was out-of-date
in respect of housing supply and would require revision.
OBJECT Buckingham Town Council (Councillor Robin Stuchbury)
BTC acknowledges S8 but notes that it pertains only to future NDPs being made after the adoption of the VALP. Given that it is acknowledged that there is a significant number of NDPs within the district, it was hoped that there would be more clarity as to the status of the components of the Development Plan overall after adoption of VALP.
OBJECT AB Planning & Development Ltd (Mr Andrew Bateson)
As currently drafted, the policy would enable villages that have strategic development allocations proposed within their parish boundaries; and which will act as urban extensions of principal settlements but will have little or no relationship to the villages themselves, to propose few or any new development allocations to meet their own local development needs. Weston Turville is a particular example, where the Parish Council's draft NP recognises that it does have its own emerging needs but it plans to rely on Aylesbury's growth and existing commitments to satisfy the need rather than make its own allocations.
SUPPORT Peter Brett Associates LLP (Mr Tim Coleby)
Policy S8 'Neighbourhood Plans': BA supports, especially as it reinforces the need for Neighbourhood Plans to conform to the VALP strategy and deliver sustainable development at the same level or above that delivered by the VALP.
SUPPORT Buckingham Town Council (Mr Christopher Wayman)
Buckingham Town Council acknowledges S8 but notes that it pertains only to future NDPs being made after the adoption of the VALP. Given that it is acknowledged that there is a significant number of NDPs within the district, it was hoped that there would be more clarity as to the status of the components of the Development Plan overall after adoption of VALP.
Officer Note: reassigned from 1.20 to S8 for relevance
OBJECT The Buckingham Society (Carolyn Cumming)
Strategy for Made Neighbourhood Plans must be clearer. The Buckingham Neighbourhood Development Plan endorses delivery of 35% affordable housing and will conflict with the 25% VALP proposes. VALP should seek a minimum of 30% affordable housing.
OBJECT Stewkley Parish Council (Dr Gill Morgan)
Stewkley Parish Council foresees a conflict in policies between its drafted Neighbourhood Plan (NP) and this draft VALP in the consideration of housing mix. Stewkley's draft NP in response to feedback from the parishioners proposes a housing mix favouring smaller 1, 2 or 3 bedroom homes, fewer 4 bedroom and no 5 bedroom homes. This conflicts with the HEDNA conclusions and SPC requests that AVDC look favourably upon these NPs when evidence based policies are proposed that differ to VALP policies.
OBJECT Cllr Warren Whyte
Needs to acknowledge and provide a policy framework for communities with Made Neighbourhood Plans to be able to update them without site allocations being forced on them in this new plan.
SUPPORT Crevichon Properties Ltd represented by Delta Planning (Maria Sheridan)
Support is given to the recognition that Neighbourhood Plans should be in general conformity with the strategic polices of the Local Plan and clearly set out how they will promote sustainable development at the same level or above that which would be delivered through the Local Plan.