Cuddington | Buckinghamshire

Neighbourhood Plan

The Parish Council received formal notification that the Cuddington Neighbourhood Area has been agreed by AVDC.  As of 5th April 2018, the Parish is now designated as a Neighbourhood Area, which allows Cuddington to submit a Neighbourhood Development Plan to AVDC for the publicity consultation and an examination to be undertaken.  Please keep informed of the process here.

News

Neighbourhood Plan Update

At the Village Meeting on 18th April questions were raised about the ability of an approved (‘made’) Neighbourhood Plan (NP) to resist challenges from developers promoting housing on land not identified in the NP.

There are two main issues; consistency of the NP with the Districts Local Plan and the availability of enough housing for the next 5 years (called the 5 year land supply).

The NP needs to be consistent with the Local Plan (in our case the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP)) and it is part of the approval process that this is confirmed.  Therefore, once approved, the NP cannot be challenged on this point provided that the planning authority (currently AVDC) have correctly reviewed the NP.  By employing an independent planning consultant to assist us in the preparation of the NP we will be checking that this process is completed and is legally sound.

The other issue that can invalidate a NP is the availability of housing land.  The planning authority are obliged by law to maintain a housing supply of at least 5 years.  This means that there must be enough approved planning applications to meet the predicted 5-year demand for housing.  Until very recently AVDC did not have a 5-year land supply but they say that they do now.  This will be tested at the forthcoming examination of VALP later this year and we should know by the end of the year if the AVDC figures have been accepted by the Government’s planning inspector.

At the village meeting an example was given of an approved NP in South Oxfordshire that been unable to resist a legal challenge from developers.  It is believed that this was a reference to the Henley NP:-

http://www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/henley-on-thames/114022/so-are-our-neighbourhood-plans-worth-even-the-paper-they-re-printed-on-at-huge-expense.html

In this case the District Council had failed to demonstrate even a 3-year housing supply and this meant that developers could argue that there was a need to find additional land for housing and apply for planning approvals on land not identified in the NP.

What this case illustrates (as did the problems with the Haddenham NP) is that in Cuddington we are reliant on AVDC to a) properly check the NP and b) deliver a 5-year land supply.

We are hopeful that the programme for the Cuddington NP will avoid the problems experienced in South Oxfordshire.  Assuming an 18-month timeframe for the NP, by the time we are seeking approval of the NP we should have the benefit of an adopted local plan (VALP) and an agreed 5-year land supply.  This will give us confidence that the Cuddington NP will be able to resist challenges from developers.

Cuddington Neighbourhood Plan

In order to keep informed of the process and receive regular news items, a dedicated Neighbourhood Plan page has been set up on cuddingtonvillage.com.

The Parish Council has received formal notification today (5th April 2018) that the Cuddington Neighbourhood Area has been agreed by AVDC.  The Parish is now designated as a Neighbourhood Area, which allows Cuddington to submit a Neighbourhood Development Plan to AVDC for the publicity consultation and an examination to be undertaken. Please keep informed of the process here.

The presentation at the February meeting from planning consultant Oneill Homer can be viewed here.  The Parish Council is currently seeking a quotation and project plan from Oneill Homer to accompany an application for a grant.

Thank you to all volunteers who have expressed an interest in becoming involved with the Neighbourhood Plan (NHP).  We will keep you informed through the website and by email.

Please get in touch at cuddingtonpc@gmail.com if you would like to join as a volunteer resident.