The name ‘Garden Town’ comes from the Garden City movement of urban planning, created at the end of the 19th century. The concept was all about well-planned, sustainable towns – and that still applies today!
You can read more about Garden City Principles here.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about what becoming a garden town will mean for Aylesbury:
No, there is no new town planned. Garden Town status provides the opportunity to receive additional funding so that Aylesbury can become a well-designed area with good infrastructure, quality green spaces and new job opportunities.
The main reason that Aylesbury has received Garden Town status from the government is because it is recognised as one of the key areas for growth in the UK. There are just over 16,000 new homes planned by 2033, as set out in the emerging Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan. Garden Town status will provide the support to better plan and develop this housing, as well as ensure new and existing development within the town works well alongside each other.
Aylesbury is surrounded by beautiful countryside and its location in Buckinghamshire and proximity to the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are part of what makes the town such an attractive place to be.
In creating a Garden Town, the plan must include green spaces and natural environments for local communities. Developers will have to take our Garden Town status into account when proposing new developments through the Local Plan process. They’ll need to include more open spaces, trees, walking and cycle ways – and our planners will need to do the same when renovating any areas.
It’s not just about housing and infrastructure; alongside homes we are also planning for new jobs over the next 15 years. Being a Garden Town will make Aylesbury a more attractive place to live and work. This will give businesses a further incentive to locate in and around the town, resulting in many opportunities for employment, both directly and indirectly.
In 2015, three strategic sites in the Aylesbury Vale area, at Silverstone, Westcott Venture Park and Arla/Woodlands (near Aylesbury) secured Enterprise Zone status, which helps to attract businesses to the area.
With a larger population, comes a greater demand on services, from healthcare and transport, to leisure and retail. We therefore need to make sure that the town is prepared to deal with growth and that growth is delivered in a sustainable way. We will be working with service providers, including the local Clinical Commissioning Group (responsible for planning healthcare), educational establishments, utilities providers, businesses, landowners and a wide range of other key community members, to ensure we plan for the growth and change.
We will protect and enhance the character and setting of the historic villages around Aylesbury. Improved cycle and pedestrian links will connect the village settlements that surround the town. We want to work closely and positively with all the villages to help make sure Aylesbury’s Garden Town status benefits everyone.
Garden Town status will let us tackle road and infrastructure issues more effectively as we’ll be able to work in greater detail with developers, which in turn will give us access to other government funding. This will complement the proposed transport improvements set out in the draft local plan, as well as the Aylesbury Transport Strategy, which is currently being created to better provide for the town’s transport needs. Improving connectivity, particularly with sustainable modes of transport, is also a priority, so we will ensure moving around the town is easier.
Read the full details of the Aylesbury Garden Town vision, as set out in the emerging Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan.