Wendover Parish Council (WPC)
Wendover Parish Council is consulted on some planning applications by Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC). The Planning Committee meet up to twice per month to consider applications within the deadline set by AVDC. Agendas for these meetings set out which applications are being considered for comment by the Parish Council and are published on this website as well as the noticeboards in the village. WPC only receives those applications AVDC wishes them to consult on. The Parish Council has no authority over the final decision and can only make a comment to either support, remain neutral or object to the application.
WPC can only comment on “Material Considerations” such as:-
- Overlooking/loss of privacy
- Loss of light or overshadowing
- Highway safety
- Effect on listed building and conservation area
- Layout and density of building
- Design, appearance and materials
- Government policy
- Disabled persons’ access
- Proposals in the Development Plan
- Previous planning decisions (including appeal decisions)
- Nature conservation
More information regarding this can be found at https://www.planningportal.co.uk
It is strongly advisable to make your individual comments known to the District Council by writing to them or by commenting on their Planning Portal on their website:
To comment: Enter the application reference and click “search”. At the top left you will see a button “make a comment“ click here and fill out the details then “submit” using the green button at the bottom.
The postal address for comments is:
AVDC Planning Dept
Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC)
All planning applications are submitted to AVDC as the Local Planning Authority and are found on the planning portal:-
Once AVDC have validated applications they are uploaded on to the portal. Members of the public including Parish Councils can view all the plans and can add their comments via the portal.
Each application has an “Important Dates” tab which clearly states deadline dates which occur during the process of the planning application. AVDC should reach a decision in 8 weeks from the date of submitting the application or 13 weeks for larger scale developments.
Each application is assigned to a Case Officer and it is his/her job to involve other parties if required i.e. Bucks CC over parking issues etc.
In some cases AVDC may refer some more complicated applications to the Development Management Committee whose role is to exercise the Council’s functions as the local planning authority. The Development Management Committee meet on a regular basis and details of their meetings can be found at:-
The Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP) and the Neighbourhood Plan (NP)
The Planning Inspectorate supports the Government’s aim for every area in England to have an adopted local plan.
A local plan sets out local planning policies and identifies how land is used, determining what will be built where. Adopted local plans provide the framework for development across England.
In line with Government Guidelines on increasing the number of new homes the draft VALP 2016 has a requirement to provide approximately 30,000 houses from now until 2033. The quota of these houses has been spread between towns and villages in Aylesbury Vale. Wendover was allocated a housing requirement of 834 homes – increasing the current housing stock by 25%.
Two potential sites were found and rejected by AVDC and that alongside the forthcoming closure of RAF Halton and the Government’s Recent Housing Paper, Wendover Parish Council has withdrawn its response to the draft Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP) in order to allow the recently launched Neighbourhood Plan to “lead on planning for Wendover.”
The Neighbourhood Planning Working Group in Wendover is made up of a group of local people including two WPC Councillors who meet on a regular basis to shape the development and growth of their local area.
They are able to choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built, have their say on what those new buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided whilst maintaining the character of the town they live in and protecting the AONB.
The Neighbourhood Plan forms part of the development plan and sits alongside the VALP.
The Localism Act was introduced in 2011 and has helped by devolving more decision making to councils, neighbourhoods and gives local communities greater controls over local decisions like housing and planning.
Campaign For the Protection of Rural England (CPRE)
CPRE is a campaign for a beautiful and living countryside. They work to protect, promote and enhance our towns and countryside to make them better places to live, work and enjoy, and to ensure the countryside is protected for now and future generations.
CPRE work locally and nationally to stand up for the countryside: to protect it from the threats it faces, and to shape its future for the better.
The Planning Inspectorate
The Planning Inspectorate deals with planning appeals, national infrastructure planning applications, examinations of local plans and other planning-related and specialist casework in England and Wales.
The Planning Inspectorate’s job is to make decisions and provide recommendations and advice on a range of land use planning-related issues across England and Wales in a fair and timely way by:-
A fair planning system
Helping meet future infrastructure needs
Supporting communities shape where they live
If you need any further information on this topic please contact the Clerk to Wendover Parish Council on 01296 623056 or email here