Planning chief: New Hampden Fields scheme is a ‘vast improvement’

New Hampden Fields masterplan showing southern link road
New Hampden Fields masterplan showing southern link road

A Vale planning chief believes revised proposals for 3,000 homes at Hampden Fields are a ‘vast improvement’ on the previous scheme.

Carole Paternoster, Aylesbury Vale District Council’s cabinet member for growth strategy, was speaking after developers started consulting on new plans for the site near Weston Turville and Bedgrove.

The consortium’s previous application was rejected by the council. A government inspector then turned it down at appeal, with the impact of additional traffic on the gyratory a core concern. However, the developers now hope the inclusion of a southern link road, from the A413 to A41, will bring around the critics.

Mrs Paternoster, whose ward includes Weston Turville, said: “Looking at it I think the application put in now is a vast improvement on the one which was in previously.

It now includes the southern link road, which together with the eastern link road will at last form part of a bypass for Aylesbury. It will deliver badly-needed highways infrastructure for Aylesbury.”

However Mrs Paternoster added: “I am uncertain what effect this will have on the gyratory at the moment – that is something we need a closer look at. I need to go through the consultee comments.”

Phil Yerby. chairman of the Hampden Fields Action Group, which fought the original proposal, said he believed the council will end up backing the new scheme.

However he said the development could still create ‘havoc’ on the A41 and A413 and lead to Weston Turville’s merging with Aylesbury.

“There are ample grounds to oppose the application.

“We plan to hold a public meeting in the next few weeks to gauge support. If the view is we should negotiate rather than fight it then we will.

“If the view is we should fight it because there are clear grounds to do so and people are prepared to again support us with their hard-earned cash (for legal fees) then we will do that.”

He said the action group had spent the last few months negotiating with developers the Hampden Fields Consortium, which includes Taylor Wimpey and Aylesbury College.

He said this had produced concessions which include the link road and also ‘serious traffic calming for Weston Turville village’.

Mr Yerby said: “Of course, that (traffic calming) does not help people who live in Bedgrove, Wendover Road or Marroway.”