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by Neil Shefferd – 5th November 2019
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A public consultation on proposed changes to the main Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan document has been launched

Following the examination hearings in July 2018, the inspector has now asked Aylesbury Vale District Council to carry out a six week consultation on proposed changes to the main plan document.

It began at midday today (Tuesday 5th November) and runs until 5.15pm on Tuesday 17th December and covers the proposed main modifications document as well as supporting material in the form of the sustainability appraisal addendum and habitats regulations assessment.

The consultation is only limited to the above documents because those are the ones that the inspector has identified as 'necessary' to make VALP to what the council call a 'sound' plan.

Feedback is not being invited on any other parts of the plan.

All publication material including the documents that are open as part of the consultation are available to view and download from AVDC's website: https://www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/section/vale-aylesbury-local-plan-valp-2013-2033

The documents can also be viewed during normal opening hours at the Haddenham Community Library as well as at the AVDC customer service centre, the Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury; in Aylesbury Library, Walton Street, Aylesbury and in Long Crendon Community Library, High Street, Long Crendon

A free USB stick containing consultation documents or paper copies of the consultation material (for which there will be a charge), can be obtained by calling the planning policy department on 01296 585308 or by Emailing localplansconsultation@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk

Comments about the documents can be made electronically through the online consultation portal at https://aylesburyvaledc.jdi-consult.net/localplan

Or by using the response form that can be downloaded from here

and emailing the completed form to: localplanconsultation@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk

Or in writing to VALP main modifications consultation, planning policy, AVDC, The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury.

At the close of the period for consultation, comments made will be passed to the independent planning inspector for consideration who will then decide whether the plan can be found sound.

At the end of the examination process the inspector will present his final conclusions in a report, and the plan will then be adopted by the council.

VALP will remain in force until it is superseded by a new plan for the county that will be prepared by the new unitary Buckinghamshire Council.

Councillor Carole Paternoster, the district council's cabinet member for strategic planning and infrastructure said: "I appreciate that the production of the local plan is a long and complex process and we are delighted at the high level of interest and engagement to date.

"I would encourage anyone with any comments on the main modifications to participate in this important consultation exercise and submit any comments they might have, for consideration by the inspector.

"Once the inspector publishes his final report it will be binding and the plan will then be adopted by the council, providing a strong framework to guide future planning decisions until a new plan is prepared."

Neil Shefferd
Bucks Herald

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