Social housing gets green light despite fierce opposition

Whaddon Chase residents fiercely oppose the housing plans
Whaddon Chase residents fiercely oppose the housing plans

Controversial plans to demolish homes and build further social housing in Aylesbury were given the thumbs-up today by district planners.

Aylesbury Vale District Council’s development control committee agreed to defer and delegate the Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust (VAHT) plans to demolish two of its homes and redevelop its garage site in Whaddon Chase to build nine houses and four flats.

This means that the plans have been agreed in principle, subject to a few technical issues being resolved.

The plans have met with a fierce backlash from the trust’s own residents who live next to the proposed new housing with 44 letters of objection against the scheme.

Chief among the concerns were that the plans will lead to further parking problems and road safety issues in Whaddon Chase and neighbouring roads such as Northern Road and Cromwell Avenue.

Several people also complained at a lack of consultation from the housing trust and at losing green space.

VAHT head of development Richard Deville said it was ‘unfortunate but necessary’ to knock down two homes as it would provide space for a large enough access road.

He added that the existing garage site had fallen into disrepair and had been prone to anti-social behaviour.

He said: “This is a considered sensitive development. We are not trying to create a major development by any means.

“We want to regenerate this area and I do believe this is the right selection for a challenging site.”

Several councillors expressed a desire for a site visit to be held before a decision was made but it was resolved that the plans will go ahead subject to a planning obligation agreement.