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Buckinghamshire council to withdraw growth plans

A district council in Buckinghamshire is proposing to withdraw a document outlining future growth after the South East structural plan was abolished.

Aylesbury Vale council had submitted plans for development up to 2026.

The core strategy went before an independent planning inspector for scrutiny earlier this year.

Before a report was issued, Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles had abolished the regional plan central to its core strategy.

Under the old regional plan Aylesbury Vale was required to plan for 26,890 new homes by 2026.

A full council meeting on 8 September will decide whether to seek government permission to withdraw their current plans for that level of growth.

The council is awaiting more details from the government on how a new plan for future growth could be developed.

Debate on issues

Council leader John Cartwright said: "There has been much disquiet over the housing numbers in Aylesbury Vale.

"Given this and the opportunity the new coalition government has given us, the most sensible course of action is to withdraw our core strategy.

"This will give us the chance to look again at the level of growth that is right for the whole of the district.

"Once we have more details from the government, which is expected in the autumn, we will debate the issues to ensure everyone is clear on the way forward."

Development is already committed for some 8,000 new homes at sites such as Berryfields to the north-west of Aylesbury.

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