The VALP is the statutory plan (required by law) for the whole of the district of Aylesbury Vale, covering the period through to 2033. It sets out how the district will accommodate national housing growth demand and encourage more investment, employment and opportunity, thus enabling Aylesbury Vale to thrive. It meets the need for 28,600 new homes in the Vale by 2033, over half of which are either already built or have planning permission. The policies in the VALP identify Aylesbury as a Garden Town and recognise the key role that the town will play as the county town for Buckinghamshire and a focus for economic growth and development.
The VALP was submitted for examination in February 2018, following extensive public consultation and involvement. Following the examination hearings in July 2018, the plan has reached the next key stage in the process during 2019, which has been to assess the public comments received on the main modifications proposed as part of the hearings. An independent planning inspector will then make a final decision; and if the plan is deemed to be sound it will be adopted by the local authority.
The AGT masterplan will provide further guidance in relation to the policies contained in the VALP and looks beyond the period of the local plan (2033), identifying further opportunities and aspirations, setting out clear ambitions and an identity for the Garden Town to 2050. The Masterplan is not a statutory plan; but will become council policy. It will therefore be document used to inform wider local authority decision making on implementing the aspirations for Aylesbury and acts as a promotional for future funding bids.