Gladman withdraw opposition to Bucks Neighbourhood plan

Gladman Developments has withdrawn a legal bid to overturn the making of Winslow, Buckinghamshire’s neighbourhood plan.
Gladman’s wanted to overturn Aylesbury Vale District Council’s decision to allow the plan – which allocates five sites for 455 new homes up to 2031 – to proceed to referendum and then to “make” or adopt the document.
But Gladman has withdrawn from the Court of Appeal proceedings and is also no longer challenging the secretary of state’s decision to refuse planning permission for a 211-home development on land off Verney Road in Winslow.

Susan Kitchen, manager, development management at Aylesbury Vale District Council, said: “This is fantastic news for the residents of Winslow.

Source: Planning resource.

3 thoughts on “Gladman withdraw opposition to Bucks Neighbourhood plan

  1. Its unlikely to have any influence on the Shearbrook site in the short term, as any decision /appeal is likely to happen prior to the development of a Neighbourhood Plan and also prior to the adoption of a Local Plan. But it may help dictate what development will be acceptable on the site in the future, at the detailed planning stage, if the current application is successful.

  2. A key point to remember is that the Neighbourhood plan can’t block development proposals stipulated in the Local Plan, and for it to be fully effective it still needs the Local Plan to be in place. A Local Plan will always ‘trump’ a Neighbourhood Plan. In the absence of a Local Plan , an emerging Neighbourhood Plan can be considered as part of any appeal, and indeed there has been recent case law to reinforce this position. A Neighbourhood Plan is also designed to be able to be updated every 5 years and so can keep in line with any proposals stipulated in the Local Plan and any changes in requirement in the village (eg falling school roll numbers requiring the ‘injection’ of new residents with young children).

    A Neighbourhood Plan can fall foul of the ‘Objectively assessed needs’ requirement, which is also the same issue that is delaying the Local Plan. But they can help identify the necessary improvement in infrastructure to support more house building over and above the requirements of the Local Plan .

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