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30 October 2012, 10:00 | Updated: 31 October 2012, 06:09
Plans for new homes and jobs in Aylesbury have been given the go-ahead by councillors, but still have to be looked at by the government.
The district council's agreed the draft version of the Vale of Aylesbury Plan Strategy, which sets out how development should be delivered over the next 20 years.
The document shows how the council is planning for a minimum of 6,000 new jobs and 6,000 homes over the next 19 years. It's in addition to the employment development and 7,500 new homes that already have planning permission.
It means the district council can now submit the plan to be looked at by an independent planning inspector working on behalf of the government.
Once adopted it will provide a planning blueprint for Aylesbury Vale up to 2031, helping the council to plan for the new jobs, homes and infrastructure that the district will need in the future.
The next stage is for the council to invite comments on the ‘soundness’ of the strategy, for example whether the proposed development locations and policies are justified, effective and consistent with national planning policy. These comments will be sent to the government and inspector along with the plan.
The plan suggests;
• Focusing growth on Aylesbury and Buckingham, so these two towns will see the most investment, and the most new homes.
• Constructing about 2,450 additional homes on "sustainable greenfield urban fringe sites" at Aylesbury with 800 homes at other brownfield and greenfield sites
• Building around 700 additional homes at Buckingham
• Encouraging growth and investment at the other strategic settlements of Haddenham, Winslow (in part linked to the new railway station planned as part of the East-West Rail project) and Wendover
• A proportionate level of growth at smaller and larger villages across the rest of the district
Councillor Carole Paternoster, "Good planning can make a positive difference to all of our lives and this strategy will ensure that we have the local policies in place to deliver the homes, jobs and opportunities we need, while also protecting and enhancing the environment.
"We will make it clear to people how they can make their formal representations in due course.”