Ickford Neighbourhood Plan

With the three planning applications within the Village still pending a decision, it is apparent that Ickford should have a Neighbourhood Plan. These plans carry weight and are as a consequence of the Government wanting people to have more say in how their communities might be protected and develop in the future. The plan would deal with land use and environmental qualities of Ickford, that have been identified by the Parish and as a result of the questionnaire circulated earlier this year. The process involves research, consultation and then the preparation and adoption of the plan by the villagers through a referendum. In short the plan would:

· Set out a vision for Ickford

· List the issues to be tacked and resolved during the next 25 year period

· Contain policies to protect our village and to enable appropriate development, to meet the needs for houses and jobs.

· The plan would also include maps of the village showing areas protected for various reasons, and areas directly affected by any adopted policies.

Worminghall has a plan in progress and Long Crendon, Marsh Gibbon and Ivinghoe (amongst others) have recently completed their plans.

I have agreed with the Parish Council to set up a working group to prepare the Ickford Plan. Though the group will be independent of the Parish Council, funds for the preparation of the plan will be diverted through the PC for administrative purposes. It is likely that the process of preparing, consulting, approving and adopting the plan may well take up to 18 months. For this to be successful we need a team of volunteers to assist with the process – experience is not necessary, but enthusiasm and a commitment to Ickford are!

If you are interested then please let me know. I will be arranging a meeting, probably early in the New Year for the appropriate officer from AVDC to come and explain the process and brief us all, so we can then get started. Please feel free to contact me – martin.armitstead@gmail.com or 07768 114020

Many thanks

Martin Armitstead

Housing development in Ickford – we need your views

This notice has been distributed by Ickford Parish Council to all households in Ickford as we would like your views on a number of proposed developments in the village, so that we can fairly represent these to Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) Planning Department.

Proposals

The Parish Council have been made aware of three current housing developments proposed for the village at various stages of preparation:

Land off Turnfields: This site’s promoter, Land & Partners, held a public meeting about this in early May. Their proposal has now reached an application stage, and is for around 30 houses. More information about their proposal can be found on their website: http://www.ickfordandpartners.tumblr.com

Land east of 42 Worminghall Road: The developer, CALA Homes, are preparing a planning application for around 66 new homes. They are holding a public consultation event on Tuesday 25th July, 2:30pm – 8pm, in the Village Hall, where residents can find out more about this proposal and share any views or concerns.

Pound Ground Field, Land off Worminghall Road and Ickford Road: An outline planning application has been submitted for 49 new homes. You can find out more about this application on the AVDC website: http://www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/search-planning-licensing-applications (Application reference – 17/00352/AOP)

In addition to these proposed housing developments, Ickford School has recently submitted a planning application to build three additional classrooms to create a one form entry, and to increase the capacity of the school over time.

Map showing location of proposed housing developments

Background Information

You will be aware that currently a nationwide housing shortage and central government has made a national push to encourage the development of new housing stock. Through their work to produce a new Local Plan for the area (VALP), Aylesbury Vale District Council have identified that an additional 30,000 homes are required in the Aylesbury Vale area between now and 2033, and they are now working to identify suitable sites to deliver these homes. All towns and villages in the Aylesbury Vale will be asked to accommodate their share of this housing requirement, including Ickford and its neighbouring villages.

Following feedback from an earlier consultation on the Local Plan, Ickford is categorised as a ‘medium’ village because of its size and amenities such as the school, shop, village hall and pub. In the current draft of the Plan, ‘medium’ villages were allocated a housing growth of 19%, which for Ickford would equate to an additional 53 homes. Four new homes have already been committed leaving a requirement of 49 new homes. There are currently 275 households and a population (from the 2011 census) of 840 people in Ickford Parish.

As part of the VALP process, the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment identified 12 potential sites in Ickford. Of these, one site was deemed suitable for housing development – the land off Turnfields, for around 20 homes. However, this in itself does not prevent developers applying for planning permission on any other site within the village.

The publication of the final VALP draft has been delayed to the end of September, mainly to enable further research into suitable sites within the Vale to take place, following the publication of a further White Paper from central government.

Collecting your views

Your views and opinions matter, whether in favour of one or all developments, or not. Whilst the Parish Council do not make any decisions on Planning Applications, we have the opportunity to comment where we can make your opinions and concerns known. Therefore we are asking residents to click on the link below to complete this housing  questionnaire by 11th August 2017.

Housing Questionnaire

Whilst the Parish Council will endeavour to reflect your views in our formal response, we would also remind you that you can register your support or objection to these or any other planning application through the AVDC website.

 

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Road Closure – Ickford Road, Tiddington

Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Temporary Road Closure  

 at  Tiddington with Albury Parish – Ickford Road – North of Tiddington

 on Monday 7 November 2016 – one day

In the interests of public safety it will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to close the road as detailed above in order to facilitate culvert inspection works.

A Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate on the days shown above.

 Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles.

SUGGESTED ALTERNATIVE ROUTE:

Via A418 Oxford Road, A40, WHEATLEY,  London Road, Old London Road, Waterperry Road, WORMINGHALL, Ickford Road, ICKFORD VILLAGE and vice versa

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Phil Raven or Gene Jegorovs, OCC Highways & Transport on 0845 310 11 11.

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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.

Stats
· 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.

Consultation
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.