Official report urges politicians to give megadairy the green light

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A BRIEFING report sent to councillors ahead of a crunch planning meeting has urged politicians to back plans for a megadairy near Aston Clinton.

Officers at Aylesbury Vale District Council have recommended the controversial Arla application goes ahead, as long as the firm carries out highways improvements.

A report issued ahead of next Friday’s strategic development control committee – when the application will be decided – has called on the application to be deferred and delegated to officers – giving it the green light if planning conditions are met.

It states: “The development cannot take place on existing or allocated employment sites and thus this greenfield land is considered suitable in terms of its location and character.

“The impacts of the proposed development can be properly mitigated by the imposition of conditions dealing with highways, landscaping, amenities, archaeology, surface water discharge and pollution.”

The document rules that although the site is not designated as employment land in the Aylesbury Vale District Local Plan, the economic benefits should take precedence.

If approved, the plant will sit to the east of College Road North.

The 24-hour dairy would have a capacity to produce up to 1.3billion litres of milk after a two-phase development.

Aston Clinton Parish Council, Buckland Parish Council and Bierton with Broughton Parish Council have objected to the plans, citing traffic fears and damage to the landscape among their concerns.

But Aylesbury Town Council and Stoke Mandeville Parish Council have backed the plans.

The firm says the plant would create more than 600 new jobs.

Documents sent to councillors state that 852 letters of opposition were received by AVDC’s planning department, with 50 letters of support.

A petition signed by lobby group Aylesbury Chiltern Resistance to Inappropriate Development (ACRID) was also received, containing 1915 signatures.

Aston Clinton councillor Carole Paternoster, who is also AVDC’s cabinet member for strategic planning, has also written two letters of objection.