Long-awaited Town Plan sees light of day

Tim Scurlock with the Winslow Town Plan.'111002M-B374
Tim Scurlock with the Winslow Town Plan.'111002M-B374

AS Winslow’s long-awaited town plan is published, townspeople are about to be asked to take part in another consultation – this time to inform the Vale of Aylesbury Plan.

The Winslow Town Plan has been developed over the past three years by a steering committee of volunteers, as a means for residents to express what they like and dislike about their town and their aspirations for its future.

Town plans are recognised as a way in which the needs and aspirations of communities can be integrated into wider development plans for a region, at district or county level.

Members of the public have had the opportunity to give their opinions at a series of open events at the Winslow Public Hall, Winslow Combined School fete, St Laurence Church fete, a Youth Club open day and the Winslow Show, resulting in 2,000 comments.

Most people were concerned about the threat of major new development, showing almost unanimous opposition to the proposed 3,000-home Winslow Green development, which was turned down by Aylesbury Vale District Council planners.

The Action Plan section of the plan identifies objectives for the town in the areas of community, transport, environment, housing, conservation and development and the local economy, and suggests what action could be taken to achieve these objectives.

Winslow Town Council is adopting the Action Plan as its five-year development plan.

Copies of the Winslow Town Plan can be downloaded free of charge from the town council website at www.winslowtowncouncil.gov.uk or purchased for £5 from the town council offices.

At its meeting last night, Thursday, the town council was expected to agree a draft questionnaire to help it contribute to the Vale Of Aylesbury Plan, a planning policy document which will set out a strategy for growth for the entire district to 2031. The survey will be distributed to every household in the town.