Update on VALP from AVDC

Please see below the latest update from AVDC regarding the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP).

AVDC website updates
Our five year housing land supply position statement has been updated and published today: http://www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/housing-land-supply-and-housing-trajectory

The position has improved slightly since last year as we now have a 4.9 year housing land supply. Importantly however, this does not include the housing requirement from neighbouring authorities and so remains an interim position statement until VALP has been through examination.

VALP exhibitions
With less than a week to go to the end of the consultation period, there’s one more public exhibition to go. This is the tenth in a programme covering the key strategic locations in the district, as well as the exhibition being lent to several parishes.

We recognise that whilst we were not able to visit every village, we hope parishes will have taken the opportunity to attend one nearby. Our last exhibition will be at:

Bucks County Show, Weedon, on Thursday 1 September, 8.30am – 4.30pm

If you’re at the show, please drop by and visit us on stand DL5.

Latest publicity
Mix 96 re-posted the VALP video posted on our Facebook page, inviting listeners to send in their questions for a Q&A interview with our Cabinet Member Carole Paternoster and Director Tracey Aldworth last Monday. The Q&A’s (based on the 27 questions/comments made), were aired later last week and posted on the MIX96’s website and Facebook page. These covered some of the most frequently asked FAQ’s posted on our own website so do listen in online to hear their responses.

· There have been over 4,000 views on our VALP website pages.
· There are now 360 completed consultation forms with a further 229 forms in progress.
· There have been over 2,500 views of the short video clip for VALP on our Facebook page. This was developed to help increase awareness for the plan with a younger audience.

The online consultation form can be accessed at: www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/valp-draft-plan-consultation-form If people don’t have internet access, they can still post their comments to us, but we’d rather everyone uses the online form to minimise time and costs in analysis.

The consultation period started on 7 July and closes at midnight on Monday 5 September.

What’s next
· All comments received will be analysed and taken into account.
· The evidence and sustainability appraisal will be finalised and the final version of the plan will be prepared for December 2016.
· This will then be considered by AVDC’s councillors and a statutory six week public consultation period will take place in the New Year. Anyone who has taken part in any consultation throughout the local plan’s development will automatically be notified when this takes place.
· The plan should then be submitted to the government’s planning inspector in early March 2017.
· We anticipate that a public examination will be held on the plan soon after that, with adoption of the plan taking place in mid-2017. However after submission, the timetable will be in the hands of the government’s planning inspector.