Village will get 100 new homes by 2031

Carole Paternoster
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One hundred new homes are to be built in Haddenham by 2031 following a council decision.

Aylesbury Vale District Council cabinet members unanimously voted for a minimum target of 6,000 houses to be built across the Vale as part of the Vale of Aylesbury Plan.

The decision represents a significant U-turn after the cabinet indicated in May it would prefer 9,000 homes to be built, which could have seen up to 200 in Haddenham.

The 100 homes are in addition to 139 already planned for the village.

The plans also include generating 6,000 new jobs across the Vale in the same period.

During a parish level consultation, there was support for small-scale employment growth in Haddenham, with most people feeling there should be one new job created for every house built.

Councillor Carole Paternoster, cabinet member for strategic planning, said: “It is vital we strike the right balance in our plans between jobs, infrastructure and homes over the next 20 years.

“If the Vale is to continue to prosper, new homes will be needed, but we are also very clear that we must protect what makes the district a unique and special place to live.

“Aylesbury Vale is consistently voted as one of the top places to live and work in the country and we must ensure the quality of life our communities enjoy today is maintained.”

Planning officers will now continue work on the strategy document which will set out jobs and housing targets, the distribution of growth, how development should take place and the phasing of development. This will be considered by cabinet in the autumn and then full council. It will then undergo public examination by an independent inspector early next year.