Village plan heading for referendum

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A village could be the second community in Aylesbury Vale to see its Neighbourhood Plan go to public referendum.

About 100 people attended a meeting at Marsh Gibbon village hall last month for an update on the progress of the Marsh Gibbon Neighbourhood Development Plan.

Produced by Marsh Gibbon Parish Council over the past two years, the Plan contains 20 policies to protect the village against unplanned development.

It has been subject to extensive consultation and reflects the priorities of the villagers as well as being in conformity with national and district planning policies.

It does not allocate development to any sites but sets out the local policies against which new housing development will be determined in future.

Included in the policies are designations of the major part of two privately-owned fields in the village as Local Green Spaces, to prevent those areas being developed.

The independent examiner has decided that a public hearing into the plan is not necessary, and has recommended that the Plan proceed to referendum with some small modifications.

If Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) accepts the examiner’s report, the plan will proceed to public referendum – making it only the second in the Vale, after Winslow, to reach this stage, and one of only about 50 in the entire country.