Published: Thursday, 18th August 2016
1,500 home Aylesbury development appeal dismissed because of the schemes adverse impacts to the character and appearance of the landscape and the loss of distinct village identity…
Developer Hallam Land Management has lost its appeal over a new neighbourhood of up to 1,500 homes at a site on the edge of Aylesbury near the village of Bierton originally rejected by Aylesbury Vale District Council.
The inspector who held the recovered appeal had recommended that the scheme, master planned by David Lock Associates, should be refused. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid agreed.
The scheme included proposals for a primary school, nursery, a mixed-use local centre for retail, employment, health care and community uses, green infrastructure and a new link road.
Javid’s decision letter acknowledged that the planning authority could not demonstrate a five-year supply of deliverable housing sites. He also noted that the scheme would deliver green infrastructure, a linear park and was well located and sustainable in terms of accessibility.
However, the Secretary of State agreed with the inspector that the proposals would have significant adverse impacts on the character and appearance of the landscape. He also found the development would “engulf historic field patterns and ridge and furrow”.
Like the inspector, the SoS said the benefits of the scheme were outweighed by the undesirable effect of “merging Aylesbury with Bierton, with a loss of distinct village identity”.