Battle looms over 3,200 new home bid

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to build more than 3,000 new homes between Bedgrove and Weston Turville have been lodged.

Boxes of documents were dropped at Aylesbury Vale District Council’s offices on Wednesday – just hours before another major application to the east of Aylesbury was supported.

Critics have vowed to fight the bid, which would see up to 3,200 homes go up in the Hampden Fields.

And planners were urged not to be held to ‘moral ransom’ by developers, with millions of pounds set to be ploughed into Aylesbury College if the bid is accepted.

Before this newspaper went to press, planning documents had not been released, as officers validate the application.

John Byrne, who heads AVDC’s planning department, told the Herald: “It’s a huge application, we have 30 very large boxes of documents that we’re working through.

“The first thing we’ve got to do is make sure we have a valid application.

“We’re at a preliminary stage.”

But news of the application has prompted alarm from critics.

A protest group, Stop Hampden Fields, has blasted the bid, which has been put forward by a consortium comprising Aylesbury College, the Fairfield Partnership and Taylor Wimpey.

The partnership has confirmed it has put in an outline application of a ‘sustainable community’ to the south east of Aylesbury.

It says its bid includes up to 3,200 new homes, a new employment area next to the A41 and educational and leisure facilities close to Bedgrove.

It also includes a Park and Ride facility for Aylesbury, and a new link road between Wendover Road and the A41 in Aston Clinton Road.

But the Herald understands building work on the link road may not begin until the eighth year of the project.

Councillor Phil Yerby, Conservative, has vowed to fight the bid.

He said: “We will support the college, but funding for further education is a government job.

“The people of Aylesbury shouldn’t be held to moral ransom.”

Ian Tant, of the consortium’s planning consultants, Barton Willmore, said: “The project aims to create a vibrant, new community that will support the future growth and needs of Aylesbury, providing homes and jobs and securing the delivery of essential infrastructure.”