Update – Vale of Aylesbury Housing Plan

The latest estimates of the need of future housing has resulted in a reduction of 6,000 in the number of new homes that need to be built in the Vale. This is due to the surrounding District Councils reducing the amount of housing they cannot accommodate.

Aylesbury Vale’s total overall need is now 26,800, or 1,340 pa, including about 13,800 where planning permission has already been granted and those already in the pipeline.

A reduction of this size means that to get the Plan passed by the government inspector, the strategy from the draft Plan needs to be significantly revised. Based on responses the following scenarios have been suggested:

• vary the amount of development around Aylesbury
• vary development at the villages and other strategic towns
• remove, retain or increase the new town options
• remove all, reduce or retain development adjacent to Milton Keynes

These amendments will take longer than originally allowed but our revised timetable was then affected by the Government issuing it’s White Paper on Housing.

This was published in February, is 106 pages long, and “updates” the current National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) that was introduced by the coalition government to simplify the planning regime.

AVDC, and many other councils,  has asked the government to clarify what they expect to happen with Local Plans that are in the pipeline although we are continuing to progress the AVDC plan as far as possible to avoid unnecessary delays.

Update; Modernising Local Government – Unitary Council

The 4 district councils in Bucks

  • Wycombe
  • South Bucks
  • Chilterns
  • AVDC

held separate meetings of their full councils on 18 January to formally decide whether to

  • approve their preliminary joint plan to set up Unitary Councils, and
  • submit it to the government for approval.

All 4 councils  agreed to both aspects and the Plan was sent to the Dept of Communities and Local Government the next day.

The plan calls for a Southern Unitary, covering Wycombe, S Bucks and Chiltern councils, and a Northern Unitary covering AVDC council. Both are about the same size geographically although the South has a larger population.

This will be considered alongside the Bucks County Council preliminary plan for a single Unitary Council covering all 4 districts, ie the same area they currently cover.

An initial response is expected in the second or third week in March which may favour one, or neither, Plan.

If one is accepted, it will be expanded into the final detailed version for government approval with a target implementation date of May 2019.

You can see the district council’s plan at      http://www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/mlg



Modernising Local Government – Unitary Council

AVDC is holding a special meeting of the full council at 18.30 on Monday, 16 January to decide whether to become a Unitary council.

Important decisions like this are usually scrutinised by an independent AVDC Scrutiny committee. However the effects of switching are so far reaching that scrutiny will be carried out by the full council at a special meeting at 18.30 on Wednesday 11 January.

Both meetings will be webcast and can be accessed via the main AVDC site at

Unitary Councils

A Unitary council is one where the county and district councils are merged. AVDC has been in talks with the other 3 district councils in Buckinghamshire who all support switching to 2 unitaries, one in the north of the county and one in the south.

This reflects the more urban character of the south and the more rural area in the north. The smaller geographical areas will also allow residents to have more influence on what happens locally rather than being in the huge present County Council area.

Residents will then be able to have a single point of contact instead of having to find out which council deals with their query.


A government decision is expected in the early part of the 2017 after which residents will be asked to vote on the proposal.

Vale of Aylesbury Plan

The public consultation, which ran for eight weeks, ended on 5 September.

The total number of people and organisation replying was 771 providing 4,480 individual responses to the questions.These are being assessed to see which ones will be included in the Plan which will then go out to public consultation. The details are on the AVDC website


but the timetable is

  • Proposed submission consultation – start 2017
  • Submission of the plan – March 2017
  • Examination – spring 2017
  • Adoption – summer 2017

Swan Pool Improvements Completed

The revamped Swan Pool in Buckingham was reopened by AVDC Chairman, Jenny Bloom, on 6 February.

The changing village has been redesigned and enlarged with a new, separate dry side changing area. The gymnasium has been extended which has already attracted 200 new members. An area created with several climbing walls has been created and the modernised reception area is larger and with a larger viewing area.

Activities can be booked online at

Noise, Drug Awareness and Speeding

Buckingham & Maids Moreton Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG) is where local residents meet agencies like the police, town & parish councils and district & county councils in order to solve local problems.

The annual meeting on 26 November agreed three priorities for 2015:

  • Noise, particularly from pubs late at night, and the associated anti social behaviour
  • Drug Awareness, following a police presentation about preventing drug use
  • Community Speed Watch, where volunteers are trained to use speed cameras and check traffic speed in small groups at local danger spots.

We also look at things like

  • parking on narrow roads/pavements
  • heavy goods vehicles
  • litter and waste disposal

Meetings are held quarterly and last no more than 1 hour.

If you are interested in attending a NAG meeting, contact Mike Smith of Buckingham Town Council on   

Report Potholes and Flytipping


Transport for Bucks, part of the county council, has an online system for reporting potholes, other highway problems and problems with Rights of Way, at      http://transportforbucks.net/Tell-us.aspx

I’m not sure if repairs will be any faster though!


You can report flytipping

On roadside verges to Bucks County Council on 01296 395000  or  0845 330 1856, or at


On all other sites to AVDC on 0845 330 1856 (lines open 24 hours), or at



If you spot anyone dumping rubbish, please make a note of their vehicle details, especially the number plate, and report it. If you have a mobile phone with a camera, why not take a photo as evidence? You can email your photos to


British Legion – Free Holidays

The Royal British Legion (RBL) are offering free one or two week holidays at their four seaside break centres around the UKfor retired members of the armed forces.

Not only are the holidays free but they include all meals and free train tickets or a contribution towards petrol costs.

The only requirement is at least 7 days paid service in the Army, Navy, RAF or Marines including reserve forces like the TA.

A persons dependents, such as partners/spouses, ex-partners/ex-spouses, carers and dependent children, can also be included.

More details can be found at:  http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/can-we-help/care-and-support/breaks

If you would like to apply for a break, simply complete the attached form and send it to the address on the bottom of the form:  RBL Holiday Request Form

Please note these are Royal British Legion events and AVDC has no influence over them. The contact details are for the RBL.

Community Lunch

A free weekly lunch service is available on Tuesdays from 12.00 to 2.00 at St Peter & St Pauls church in Buckingham.

If you pop along you’ll be treated to a savoury course such as soup/cottage pie/casserole served with bread, tea/coffee and cakes in this beautiful and historic church.

There’s no need to book, just turn up and enjoy some lovely food and company.

Please note this is a St Peter’s & St Paul’s event and is for information as AVDC has no influence over it.

Matching Skills for the 50+

A new service called Trading Times aims to matches the skills & availability of people over 50 to the part-time needs of local businesses who are looking for skilled people.

Their aims are to:

* help businesses find people with the right skills and experience for one-off, part-time or occasional jobs;

* achieve this using the great pool of talent that is the over 50s and part-time family carers;

* benefit society as a whole by valuing the over 50’s and family carers, and refusing to let their talent go to waste.

For more details, go to https://www.tradingtimes.org.uk/

Please note this is not an AVDC service and AVDC has no influence over it. The contact details are for those who arrange this service.


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