Buckingham Town Council Supports New Development

 

At an Extraordinary Meeting of Buckingham Town Council on Monday 4th February, called because of time restraints on the responses, Councillors considered two proposals for new developments in the town: an outline plan for 420 houses on land south of Osier Way behind Gawcott Fields, and amended plans for the Tingewick Triangle land at the junction of Tingewick Road and the bypass.  The difference between the approaches of the two developers gave a clear example of the best way to develop new housing plans for the town.

Osier Way

The development at Osier Way was opposed by Councillors; the site was not marked for housing in the Buckingham Neighbourhood Plan and fell outside the settlement boundary, separated from the town by the industrial areas and the bypass, and had no community facilities beyond open space and play areas. Councillors are concerned that this proposal would result in a dormitory estate which would be isolated from town life. In addition, the proposal assumed that residents would work locally and walk or cycle to work or school.  However in reality there is little likelihood of taking small children to school in any other way than by car, making the parent-car problems at the primary schools even worse than they are now. Shopping trips to Tesco, Lidl and the town centre would also add to the traffic in and out of the site via Osier Way and the bypass.

Councillors criticised the assumption that 25% Affordable Housing was acceptable, when the currently valid Plan – Buckingham Neighbourhood Plan – requires 35% (a difference of over 40 houses).  It was felt that the figure in force when the plans were submitted should be used, not the proposed figure in the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan which has not yet been accepted by the Examining Officer.

Tingewick Triangle

Plan of houses in the Tingewick triangle area of Buckingham

Plan of houses in the Tingewick triangle area of Buckingham. Large green area is site of St Rumbolds Well and Roman archaeological finds.

In a huge contrast, Councillors welcomed the recent changes made to the detailed plans for Tingewick site in consultation with Design South East; this was a site designated for housing in the Neighbourhood Plan, and the developers had met and consulted with the Town Council at all stages, gradually refining the outline plan to suit Buckingham styles and other consultees’ requirements. Councillors therefore agreed no objections to the revisions, noting that not all consultees had responded yet. They also stipulated that all houses had to have telecoms connections before occupation.

Buckingham Town Council does not make final decisions on planning applications; this is the responsibility of Aylesbury Vale District Council.  However the Town Council are a statutory consultee on all planning applications, and make representations to AVDC where the Town Council opposes an application.

 

Osier Way – application 19/00148/AOP

Tingewick Triangle – 17/04668/ADP

Buckingham Town Council to seek legal advice over Crown Care Home

 

Town Council Seeks Legal Advice as to whether to launch a Judicial Review of AVDC’s decision to approve an application to build a Crown Care Home on land behind the Grand Junction Public House.

Buckingham Town Council held an Extraordinary Meeting last night (Thursday 9 November 2018) to decide whether to spend Council funds on seeking an expert legal opinion as to whether the Town Council should instigate a Judicial Review in the High Court of a recent planning decision by AVDC. The Town Council has six weeks from the date the decision was made – Friday 26 October – to decide whether to launch an appeal. Once the Council has obtained legal advice, it will decide whether to proceed at its meeting to be held on Monday 19 November 2018.

The Town Council is looking to take this action to protect the town’s Neighbourhood Plan, which was made in October 2015, at a cost of £80,000 and thousands of man-hours, and backed by 91.45% of those voting in the referendum.

Deputy Mayor and Chairman of the Planning Committee, Councillor Mark Cole said:

“What members are being asked to do tonight is to defend not only the current Buckingham Neighbourhood Development Plan, but also our future Neighbourhood Plans. We believe that errors in law have been made by AVDC Planning officers in their advice to the Strategic Development Management Committee to approve the application to build a Crown Care Home on land behind the Grand Junction Public House… Buckingham Town Council has strongly opposed this application from the start… This Council also maintains that this application contravenes National Planning Policy Framework policies regarding developments – and particularly those for vulnerable people – in floodplains, and AVDC’s interpretation of them… The cost – which… could be up to £3000 – would be money well spent to protect our current Neighbourhood Plan, and an investment in those of the future.”

Planning

Chaired by Councillor Mark Cole JP

This committee has four key roles:
It reviews every planning application, considers tree applications, takes part in various district and regional consultations where they may impact on Buckingham (such as housing, transport, leisure and economic development) and most recently, leads the production of the Buckingham Neighbourhood Development Plan.

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The Town Council is a statutory consultee, and reviews all planning applications advising AVDC should they not meet local requirements and aspirations. However, it should be noted that Aylesbury Vale District Council makes the final decision on all planning applications, and does not always agree with the Town Council’s comments. If you write to the District Council to support or object to an application, it would be helpful if you also provided a copy of the letter to the Town Council.

The Planning Committee is the lead body producing the Buckingham Neighbourhood Development Plan as a Frontrunner authority. The Neighbourhood Plan is the successor of the 2008-09 ‘Buckingham Plan’ that the committee also produced. For details of both plans, see our Community Plans page.

⇒ Planning Committee Terms of Reference
⇒ Map outlining Buckingham’s Conservation Area

Helpful planning websites

Upcoming Planning Committee Meetings

  • 21st January 2019 Agenda
  • 4th February 2019 (to be preceded by an Extra-ordinary meeting of Full Council @ 7pm) Agenda

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Committees

The Full Council delegates its services and duties to five Committees. The Full Council oversees these Committees and gives them the authority to make decisions, provide budgets for their delegated duties and make recommendations to the Full Council to make decisions that it is not in the power of the Committee to make.

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The Council’s four main committees meet on a regular basis throughout the year. There are also three Annual Meetings – the Annual Town Meeting, the Annual Statutory Meeting and the Precept Meeting. All Council and Committee meetings are open to the public and the agendas and minutes of meetings are published on our website, in our Archive. For meeting dates, please view our calendar.

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Attendance Records

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