Hundreds of households have been leafleted ahead of plans to build 200 new homes on farmland near Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
Gladman Developments wants to submit plans to Aylesbury Vale District Council for land off Lower Road, next to the BCC Sports and Social Club and backing onto Kynaston Avenue on the borders of Aylesbury and Stoke Mandeville.
The leaflet producedby Gladman says: “We appreciate that people who live within the immediate vicinity of our housing proposals may be concerned about matters such as increased levels of road traffic, loss of views and doubtless many other topics.
“Whilst we fully understand why people may have concerns, they need to be balanced against the requirement to provide much needed new houses to meet the differing needs of an increasing population and addressing housing affordability.
“We all know and accept that more housing is needed and a stance of ‘put it elsewhere’ will result in not enough housing being built.”
Access to the new estate will be from a right-turn priority junction off Lower Road, with plans to extend the current 30mph speed limit and build a pelican crossing.
In a bid to quell concerns about oversubscribed doctors surgeries and schools, the leaflet says a ‘contribution may be paid to the local education authority to ensure that sufficient school places are available’ and that ‘a review of the local GP surgeries capacity has been undertaken’.
The site is within Flood Risk Zone 1, which carries the lowest risk of flooding, and surveys are being carried out to evaluate the site for bats, newts and other reptiles.
The leaflet says: “The land we are proposing to build homes upon is currently agricultural land and therefore home to very few species of plants or animals.”
The leaflet says that up to 30% of the total homes will be ‘affordable housing’ – a mixture of shared ownership, discounted open market and rental homes, but the exact mix of house sizes has yet to be decided.
Visit www.your-views.co.uk/aylesbury or write to Your Views Aylesbury, Gladman House, Alexandria Way, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 1LB.