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

Proposed Oxford to Cambridge Expressway

We have recently been made aware that the route of the new Oxford to Cambridge Expressway is currently being discussed, and one of the proposed routes could have a huge impact on Ickford and other surrounding villages.

As you will see from this map, Route Option A will closely track the existing A418 (the road that runs from J8A to Thame). The exact location of the proposed road is very vague, but is likely to be within 2 miles of our village. An Expressway Action Group has been set up, and they are asking for residents of the local villages who will be affected by this proposal to join the campaign against this proposed route by writing/emailing their concerns to the decision makers of this project.

The National Infrastructure Commission are discussing this project right now, and intend to publish their final report on the Expressway in October. This means that emails and letters should be sent as soon as possible to be seen in time. The Expressway Action Group have prepared a list of addresses to write to, as well as a list of suggestion points for expressing your concerns, please click here to view this document.

In addition to these contacts, you can also contact your Aylesbury Vale District Councillor Michael Rand: michaeljohnrand@yahoo.co.uk and your County Councillor Clive Harriss: charriss@buckscc.gov.uk to express your views.




Upcoming Parish Council Meeting – 5th September 2017

The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Tuesday 5th September, starting at 7:30pm, in the Village Hall.

All are welcome to attend.

Click here to view the agenda for this meeting.

Please note: Since this agenda was issued a further planning application was received: 17/03322/AOP Application in outline for up to 66 dwellings with all matters reserved, Land At And To The Rear Of 42 Worminghall Road Ickford Buckinghamshire – This application will also be discussed at this meeting.