MPC and BDW secure approval for 382 new homes near Buckingham

Background

MPC was appointed by Barratt David Wilson (BDW) in August 2017 to provide a programme of community and stakeholder engagement in support of their scheme on land north of Tingewick Road, Buckingham.

BDW were seeking to submit a Reserved Matters application following consent for outline planning permission for up to 400 homes, open space and associated infrastructure which was granted in 2015.The site was allocated within the Buckingham Neighbourhood Development Plan and as such the principle of development was considered acceptable. However, the Buckingham Town Council and Buckingham Society had indicated that they were opposed the application.

Strategy

MPC organised a public exhibition and meetings with key stakeholders including ward councillors and Buckingham Town Council. MPC set up a freephone information line and consultation website at www.barratt-tingewickroad.co.uk. Invitations to the exhibition were sent to 1,093 local homes.

Following submission, the determination process was lengthy. The Town Council and Buckingham Society submitted formal objections and planning officers were unwilling to take the scheme to committee until issues were resolved. A particular problem was defining the objection that the design was generic and did not conform to expectations of what was ‘Buckingham’. Also problematic were highway concerns relating to access and internal layout.

MPC engaged with the ward members, neighbouring residents, Buckingham Society and Buckingham Town Council in a series of meetings. These clearly clarified the objections and allowed BDW to make appropriate amendments to the design of the scheme. In parallel, statutory consultees were engaged and highway and drainage issues addressed.

BDW invited Design South East to assess the revised scheme and held in a final round of stakeholder meetings to confirm that all the issues raised had been resolved.

Outcome

Having addressed their concerns on 4 February 2019 Buckingham Town Council unanimously voted to record no objection to the application. Aylesbury Vale District Council then approved the application under delegated authority on 12 April 2019.

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