Draft county plan supports Buckingham affordable housing trigger

At the meeting of the Buckingham Town Council Planning Committee held on Monday 17th October 2022, Members considered their response to the consultation currently being conducted by Buckinghamshire Council for this section of the draft Local Plan for Buckinghamshire.

The consultation document confirms that the Local Plan will require a minimum of 25% of housing developments of 11 or more dwellings to be affordable housing (80% of these for rent and 20% shared ownership). However, where a Neighbourhood Plan has a larger percentage, the Neighbourhood Plan will be honoured.

This is excellent news for Buckingham, as Buckingham’s Neighbourhood Plan states that 35% affordable housing is required for developments within the plan boundary, and Members were reassured to find that this will continue to be the case.

Councillor Mark Cole JP, chairman of the Planning Committee said “our neighbourhood plan foresaw the need to provide more affordable housing; there are far too many local people on the housing waiting list in North Bucks. Buckinghamshire Council itself acknowledges on its Home Choice website that ‘applicants can expect to wait several years for accommodation, especially larger families.’ “We have fiercely defended our 35% affordable percentage since the BNP was made, having constantly questioned why the VALP figure is so much lower, so it is gratifying that the draft countywide Local Plan will set in stone our 35%.”

A real way along the railway

For some years, Buckingham Town Council has been campaigning for all roads within the bypass to be 30mph and lit, so they were disappointed by Buckinghamshire Council’s recent decision to reduce the speed limit on Tingewick Road to only 40mph.

The Town Council’s Planning Committee considers it imperative to implement the s106 agreement for St Rumbold’s Fields immediately so that residents of this 400-dwelling estate will be able to access the London Road schools and the industrial estate in safety on foot or by bicycle. The route of the old railway – the Scenic Walk at the Tingewick Road end, and Railway Walk from the University’s car park to the bypass – is intended to become a combined cycle and pedestrian path with streetlighting, which will have access to Chandos Road via a ‘permissive path’ link through the University’s land.

The s106 agreement states that the details of the footway/cycleway works should have been agreed, laid out and constructed before any occupation of the housing and that deadline passed some time ago. It will involve drainage works as well as the path construction and will take some time to construct once the details have been agreed. Meanwhile, schoolchildren and employees of companies on the Industrial Park will have to negotiate the mud and rough surface of the Scenic Walk – or cross a 40mph road to use the footpath on the north side of Tingewick Road to go through the town. The other option is to use the car, adding to the traffic on the bypass.

Councillor Mark Cole JP, Chairman of the Planning Committee, said: “We will continue to push for the speed limit to be lowered to 30mph, but meantime we call on the developers to meet their obligation under the s106 agreement to construct this much-needed footpath. If it is not usable for pedestrians and cyclists, then car use will increase, against all national and local initiatives to get people out of their cars.”

 

New venue for Buckingham’s The Film Place

Buckingham Town Council’s Planning Committee has not hesitated to support an application from the University of Buckingham to permit the use of the 156-seat ground floor lecture theatre in the Vinson Building by The Film Place on Friday and Saturday evenings.

The Film Place, Buckingham’s local cinema, has been using a lecture theatre in the Chandos Road Building since 2005, but access for the less able is more difficult, and the move will open up more of the Vinson Building for public use, as outlined in its own planning application in 2016. Eight new parking places, are to be provided at the southern end of the Building, close to two existing blue badge bays, and any overflow can be accommodated in the island car park.

We look forward to promoting approval of this application by Buckinghamshire Council, and to the Opening Night at the new venue.

Cllr. Mark Cole JP, Chairman of the Planning Committee, said “this further strengthens the ongoing relationship between Town and Gown, and we are grateful to the Vice-Chancellor to agreeing to accommodate the cinema in this wonderful building, which already welcomes the public to its other facilities”.

Where Angels fear to tread?

A failed road which Buckingham Town Council has been asking the local highway authority to repair for more than five years still awaits repair. Top Angel, one of the industrial estate’s main thoroughfares, between Great Slade and Osier Way, collapsed largely due to heavy vehicles delivering to factories and units.

Despite repeated requests to have this road maintained, still nothing has been done. A spokesman for Transport for Buckinghamshire told BTC in January that two large areas “right outside the entrance to two large industrial parks” need to be reconstructed and this would require a road closure “creating havoc for local businesses”. Suitable timing and availability of funds must be taken into consideration.

Ironically, two days later Buckinghamshire Council’s Strategic Sites planning committee approved outline plans for 420 houses, to which one of the entrances will be off Top Angel.

Town Councillors point out that should a catastrophic incident occur to industrial premises at Osier Way or Great Slade, Top Angel is the only emergency exit from the area. Furthermore, it is at the entrance to neither industrial area, and a temporary closure would be not as disruptive as is alleged by TfB.

‘The longer it is left, the worse it will get, and shortly it is going to be expected to cope with the estate development traffic,’ says BTC Planning chairman Cllr Mark Cole JP. ’Members want the failed areas dealt with as soon as possible, but even our Shire Councillors are unable to get a positive response.’

For enquiries, please contact Paul Hodson at Buckingham Town Council on 01280 816426, communications@buckingham-tc.gov.uk.

 

Planning Committee

This meeting will now be held as an ONLINE INFORMAL BRIEFING due to Covid 19 concerns. If you wish to express a view on the applications listed before the Town Council submits its responses, please contact the Town Council on 01280 816426 or townclerk@buckingham-tc.gov.uk before 15:00 on Monday 20th December 2021.

Latest Planning Committee Agenda Pack 

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Please note that the meeting will be preceded by a Public Session in accordance with Standing Orders 3.e and 3.f, which will last for a maximum of 15 minutes. Members of the public can attend this session in person.

The Council is trialling the use of video conferencing to enable the public and guests to address Council meetings virtually. If you would like to address the meeting in this way, please email committeeclerk@buckingham-tc.gov.uk  or call 01280 816426 for details.

The meeting can be watched live via:

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Planning Committee

Latest Planning Committee Agenda Pack 

Please note the meeting’s agenda will be available (from the above hyperlink) three clear days before a meeting of the Town Council.

Please note that the meeting will be preceded by a Public Session in accordance with Standing Orders 3.e and 3.f, which will last for a maximum of 15 minutes. Members of the public can attend this session in person.

The Council is trialling the use of video conferencing to enable the public and guests to address Council meetings virtually. If you would like to address the meeting in this way, please email committeeclerk@buckingham-tc.gov.uk  or call 01280 816426 for details.

The meeting can be watched live on the Town Council’s YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC89BUTwVpjAOEIdSlfcZC9Q/

Planning Committee

Latest Planning Committee Agenda Pack 

Please note the meeting’s agenda will be available (from the above hyperlink) three clear days before a meeting of the Town Council.

Please note that the meeting will be preceded by a Public Session in accordance with Standing Orders 3.e and 3.f, which will last for a maximum of 15 minutes. Members of the public can attend this session in person.

The Council is trialling the use of video conferencing to enable the public and guests to address Council meetings virtually. If you would like to address the meeting in this way, please email committeeclerk@buckingham-tc.gov.uk  or call 01280 816426 for details.

The meeting can be watched live on the Town Council’s YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC89BUTwVpjAOEIdSlfcZC9Q/

Planning Committee

Latest Planning Committee Agenda Pack 

Please note the meeting’s agenda will be available (from the above hyperlink) three clear days before a meeting of the Town Council.

Please note that the meeting will be preceded by a Public Session in accordance with Standing Orders 3.e and 3.f, which will last for a maximum of 15 minutes. Members of the public can attend this session in person.

The Council is trialling the use of video conferencing to enable the public and guests to address Council meetings virtually. If you would like to address the meeting in this way, please email committeeclerk@buckingham-tc.gov.uk  or call 01280 816426 for details.

The meeting can be watched live on the Town Council’s YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC89BUTwVpjAOEIdSlfcZC9Q/

Planning Committee

Latest Planning Committee Agenda Pack 

Please note the meeting’s agenda will be available (from the above hyperlink) three clear days before a meeting of the Town Council.

Please note that the meeting will be preceded by a Public Session in accordance with Standing Orders 3.e and 3.f, which will last for a maximum of 15 minutes. Members of the public can attend this session in person.

The Council is trialling the use of video conferencing to enable the public and guests to address Council meetings virtually. If you would like to address the meeting in this way, please email committeeclerk@buckingham-tc.gov.uk  or call 01280 816426 for details.

The meeting can be watched live on the Town Council’s YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC89BUTwVpjAOEIdSlfcZC9Q/

Planning Committee

Latest Planning Committee Agenda Pack 

Please note the meeting’s agenda will be available (from the above hyperlink) three clear days before a meeting of the Town Council.

Please note that the meeting will be preceded by a Public Session in accordance with Standing Orders 3.e and 3.f, which will last for a maximum of 15 minutes. Members of the public can attend this session in person.

The Council is trialling the use of video conferencing to enable the public and guests to address Council meetings virtually. If you would like to address the meeting in this way, please email committeeclerk@buckingham-tc.gov.uk  or call 01280 816426 for details.

The meeting can be watched live on the Town Council’s YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC89BUTwVpjAOEIdSlfcZC9Q/