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Have your say on plans for Waterside North

View from the BCC Bucks County Council tower in Aylesbury - Bottom is the old County Hall, centre is the Exchange Street car park and right is Exchange Street

View from the BCC Bucks County Council tower in Aylesbury - Bottom is the old County Hall, centre is the Exchange Street car park and right is Exchange Street

Planning chiefs are encouraging people to have their say next week on the master plan for the development of Waterside North.

The public consultation, which begins on next Wednesday and finishes on May 21, is asking Aylesbury residents what they think of the development plans for the site on Exchange Street which includes some of the former county offices being changed into an area for mixed use.

Those who want to view the plans and drawings will have five chances to do so over the three weeks; Aylesbury Library on Wednesday, April 30 from 9.30am to 5.30pm, and Thursday, May 1 from 9.30am to 7.30pm; Hale Leys Shopping Centre on Friday, May 2 from 9.30am to 5.30pm and Friars Square Shopping Centre on Saturday, May 3 from 9.30am and 5.30pm and Sunday, May 4 from 11am to 4pm.

Leader of Aylesbury Vale District Council Cllr Neil Blake said: “It’s great that we are now able to share these plans which involve both the county and district councils.

“Confidence in Aylesbury is certainly growing but we need to keep our feet firmly on the ground and make sure our plans are realistic to deliver.

“That’s why the plans concentrate on the first phase of development rather than the whole site. This approach will also help us to respond flexibly to changing market conditions and customer expectations when it comes to considering further phases of the development.

“Given Aylesbury’s role as the county town and the major growth in the area in the Vale, I hope that lots of people will take the opportunity to tell us what they think about the proposals.”

The proposal is the result of a three-way partnership between the district, county and town councils and reflects the vision which is set out in the Aylesbury Town Centre Plan, part of which is the aea on Exchange Street.

Bucks County Council has already put in one application for permission to demolish the former council offices and one of the former police station buildings, which if granted will prepare the ground for the first development phase.

This will involve a temporary car park being built, which will replace spaces lost when work begins on the Exchange Street car park next year.

Following the consultation, the outline planning application will be submitted in early summer.

The exhibition material and comments form can be found here from Wednesday, April 30.

Full copies of the Aylesbury Town Centre Plan and summary leaflet can be found here.

 

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