In my web post of 18th March, I explained that I had written to the Planning Inspector who had been appointed to determine the Hampden Fields application which is being considered as part of a co-joined inquiry alongside two other outstanding applications for development around Aylesbury. In that letter, which I have copied again below, I set out the major points of concern in detail and emphasised the strength of local opposition to the plan.
I have also written recent web posts about an application by Hallam Land for the development of 1500 homes to the North East of Watermead, which was rejected by the AVDC Planning Committee last month. Upon refusal, it had been expected that the applicants would lodge an appeal and request that the application be considered as part of the above co-joined inquiry. This would have had implications for the timings of the inquiry which would probably have been delayed as a result. So far, however, the developer has not submitted an appeal and AVDC has received no indication of their intention to do so. Therefore, the inquiry is scheduled to commence on 25th June as planned.
AVDC officials have advised my office of a further potential complication. Hallam Land also submitted an application for 220 dwellings north of the Weedon Hill MDA. This application was refused and a subsequent appeal against the decision has been lodged. This appeal is likely to be considered by the Planning Inspectorate in the Autumn, and I have been told that it is probable that the same Inspector responsible for determining the other applications will also be appointed to determine this one. AVDC officials therefore expect that the Inspector’s final decision on Hampden Fields, and the other proposals that he is considering, will be delayed until later this year when this second inquiry has caught up to the first. The decision on all of these respective applications will effectively be merged into one consideration.
Whilst I appreciate that a potential delay in the final decision on Hampden Fields may be frustrating for many residents, it would also allow more time for the Aylesbury Vale Local Plan to come into effect.
I will continue to keep you updated with any further information that I receive.
A member of my staff will be attending the first day of the six week inquiry next Tuesday.