Town stays committed to a future bypass

Public drop-in session for the Buckingham Neighbourhood Development Plan.'121024M-D846 ENGPNL00120121024163352

Public drop-in session for the Buckingham Neighbourhood Development Plan.'121024M-D846 ENGPNL00120121024163352

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A town’s blueprint for the future has been challenged after it earmarked land for a possible bypass or relief road.

Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) has raised objections to the draft Buckingham Neighbourhood Plan and has said it will not support it at examination if it includes the possibility of a western or southern bypass.

But at a meeting of Buckingham Town Council on Monday, town councillors said they would not drop their commitment to a future bypass.

Buckingham town plan officer, Sheena McMurtrie, said: “This is not part of the plan but it’s an aspiration for the future.

“Councillors were saying they didn’t want to find there was nowhere to put a bypass because all the land had been developed.

“The view of the town council is the bypass isn’t going away. It’s not going out of the plan.”

Other concerns raised by AVDC include the future use of the Buckingham Hospital site and affordable housing allocation.

AVDC forward plans manager Andy Kirkham said: “We have recommended a number of modifications to ensure that the Buckingham Neighbourhood Development Plan meets all the basic conditions as required by planning regulations. Neighbourhood plans, not only in this district but across the country, are under tight scrutiny by developers, and it is therefore essential that the plan fully meets the basic conditions set down by government.”

Town councillors were due to meet with AVDC representatives today, Thursday.