Have a say on town’s needs for housing

Bellway Homes public exhibition of proposals for land at Moreton Road,Buckingham.'111019M-D351
Bellway Homes public exhibition of proposals for land at Moreton Road,Buckingham.'111019M-D351
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BUCKINGHAM Town Council wants to know what people think are the town’s housing and employment needs over the next 20 years.

The survey asks how many houses the town needs, where and when people feel they will be needed.

It also asks what type of housing people want to see – from retirement bungalows to four or five-bedroom houses for larger families.

It also asks what infrastructure future housing developers should be asked to put in place to benefit the town, such as cycleways, health, sports or play facilities.

The survey can be completed online via the town council’s website www.buckingham-tc.gov.uk

Paper copies can be picked up from the front desk at The Buckingham Centre, on Verney Close, or from the Advertiser offices, on Well Street.

The consultation is designed to feed into a Neighbourhood Plan for Buckingham, which will in turn inform the Vale Of Aylesbury Plan.

With the government signalling its clear intent to radically reform the planning system including the removal of regional strategies, local planning authorities will be able to set their own employment and housing targets for future development.

The Vale of Aylesbury Plan, currently being worked on by Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC). is to be a new plan for development in the district, looking forward to the next 20 years.

AVDC says the Vale has an ageing population with about 600 more births than deaths per year. The number of homes with only one occupant has also increased.

To maintain the current levels of the working population, AVDC says 4,400 new homes will be needed in the next 20 years just to stand still

Winslow Town Council has had its own professionally designed questionnaire drawn up, the results of which will also feed into the Vale of Aylesbury Plan.

Town councillors are busy stuffing envelopes and they will then be hand delivering two copies of the questionnaire to every house in the town, hopefully by this weekend.

And to encourage people to complete it, everyone returning the questionnaire with their name and contact details will be entered into a prize draw to win a flat-screen TV.