DLP Planning Ltd was instructed by local builder/developer, McCann Homes, to advise upon and lead the preparation of a planning application for the development of a greenfield site at the village of Edlesborough, Aylesbury Vale, Bucks.
A number of planning policy and landscape constraints affected the development potential of the site, which although contained on three sides by development was seen by the LPA, Aylesbury Vale Council as a key area of open land adjoining the village, with views across to the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
In addition, the site lay with an Area of Attractive Landscape (AAL), as identified in the Aylesbury Vale District Council Local Plan, with planning policy seeking protection from inappropriate development. The site was further constrained by its proximity to a Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM) complex and was also near to the local primary school which has limited parking capacity and concerns over highway impacts.
DLP, working with masterplanners, be1 Architects, The Landmark Practice in respect of landscape and Matrix Transportation and Infrastructure with regard to highways and drainage, entered into pre-application discussions with AVDC and also engaged with the Parish Council over their approach to additional development in the village in light of both a shortfall in housing land supply and concerns over impacts on local service capacity.
Out of the discussions, including a local exhibition of proposals, a scheme for 58 dwellings was evolved, this incorporating a large, central open space area through the centre of the site retaining views out across the AAL towards the AONB to be maintained, as well as providing an appropriate setting for the SAM complex.
The layout proposed dwellings fronting on to the open space, to both taking advantage of the setting and to provide a rural context and ambience. The development was to be accessed from the High Street and a new ‘parking layby was incorporated on the High Street frontage to assist with short term parking provision.
A full application was submitted to AVDC in July 2015, allowing all elements of design, including scale, materials and boundary treatments, and also the treatment of the open space, to be considered.
Following negotiations with AVDC over detailed design points, which marginally reduced the development scale to 57 dwellings, the application was recommended for planning permission to be granted. The Strategic Development Management Committee agreed the recommendation on the 9th of March 2016, and resolved that planning permission was granted subject to entry into a Section 106 obligation.
Negotiations are ongoing with Aylesbury Vale District Council to reach a satisfactory agreement, after which development can proceed.