BTVLEP Submits amendments to its Aylesbury Woodlands planning application

Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP), submitted amendments on 6 April to its Aylesbury Woodlands plan. These amendments include additional content to ensure the plan meets the needs of local people and businesses.

The Aylesbury Woodlands site will provide commercial premises, improved road infrastructure, housing and leisure facilities. 

The plan includes the delivery of the Eastern Link Road that will connect the A41 and the A418 in preparation for the upcoming Garden City proposals.

More information on the scheme can be found here.


Watermead Crematorium plans quashed

Watermead Parish Council today announced the Court of Appeals decision to quash planning permission for the proposed crematorium. David had heard criticism of the proposals from a number of constituents who were concerned about the potential environmental damage that this might cause.

David said:

"This is good news which will be strongly welcomed by my constituents in Watermead. 

"I hope that the developers will, even now, reconsider this unnecessary application, especially in the light of the plans, backed by Buckinghamshire District Councils, for a new crematorium at Bierton.

"I urge AVDC to approach any redetermination with scepticism and a clear understanding of local opinion."

The councils announcement can be found here.


David welcomes new school proposal

David has welcomed the proposal from St Michael's Catholic school to open a new school on the former Quarrendon site in Aylesbury. The new school will help provide for the growing number of school aged children in Buckinghamshire. The school will initially open with four classes of 30 children in year 7 and intends to build up to 6 classes per year.

The proposal is currently in a consultation phase. You can respond at this link.

Update regarding Bovis Homes and the College Road hedgerow

David has been contacted by a number of constituents about the hedgerow on College Road. Below is an update that he sent out to residents in Aston Clinton. For your reference I have also attached the letter which Bovis will be dropping off to residents today further explaining the situation.

The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 is the basic legislation that protects animals, plants, and certain habitats in the UK. All species of wild bird are afforded protection under Part 1 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 (as amended). Under this legislation it is illegal to:  intentionally kill, injure or take wild birds; intentionally take, damage or destroy a wild bird’s nest while it’s being used or built; intentionally take or destroy a wild bird’s egg; possess, control or transport live or dead wild birds, or parts of them, or their eggs; sell wild birds or put them on display for sale; use prohibited methods to kill or take wild birds.

As you know, Bovis applied for planning permission for AVDC to remove the hedges and plant a new hedge in a different location, in order to allow for car park spaces as had been requested by local residents. In considering the application, AVDC took note of the statutory duties that the Wildlife and Country side Act imposes on Bovis. The Council has told me that in a case where statutory requirement exists, the local council will not duplicate in planning conditions but instead attaches what in planning jargon is called an informative which draws attention to what the law says. This is what AVDC did in this case. The Council would not be responsible for carrying out any enforcement action. Instead, concerns regarding the legality of the works to the hedge should be directed to the Police who are responsible for investigating and pursuing breaches of the Wildlife and Countryside Act.

The Council’s ecologist’s advice (which can be viewed on the AVDC website 16/02968/ADP) states that the bird nesting season usually covers the period from mid-February to the end of August, but it is very dependent on the weather and that certain species of birds may nest outside this period.  If works are deemed to be necessary during the bird nesting season then there is a protocol to be followed and this is contained in the ecologist’s response which was attached to the planning decision.

Bovis has confirmed to me that a senior ecologist and assistant were on site today to carry out a bird nesting survey of the hedgerows. Independent ecologists FPCR confirmed that there are no nesting birds in the hedges to be removed. The hedge will be reduced to a manageable level and removed on Tuesday 28/2/17 once fencing has arrived to secure the site.

Draft Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan consultation

The draft Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan is going through a period of scrutiny by a number of committees in Aylesbury Vale District Council which is expected to end in June. Once this has completed there will be a public consultation on the draft plan commencing on 7 July and running until 5 September.

During this period residents and other interested parties can express their concerns or comments on the plan. Aylesbury Vale District Council will also be running a series of drop-in events through Aylesbury Vale for local people to attend and find out more about the local plan.

The details of the events being held in the constituency are as follows:

Friars Square Shopping Centre, Aylesbury – Thursday 14 July 10:00 – 17:00

St Anne’s Hall, Wendover – Thursday 4 August – 11:00 – 20:00

Friars Square Shopping Centre, Aylesbury – Friday 5 August – 10:00 – 17:00