MoD’s fears over Aylesbury housing development on county council land

Map showing where proposed 'Aston Clinton Sarl' homes would go
Map showing where proposed 'Aston Clinton Sarl' homes would go

The Ministry of Defence has raised concerns over plans for a development of 400 homes on county council-owned land near Aylesbury.

The scheme, on land north of Aston Clinton Road on the eastern fringes of Aylesbury, would include a hotel, pub, 80 bed care home, 5,000 square metres of employment floorpsace, a local centre, public open space, play areas, water meadow and new roads.

Several residents have already formally objected to the scheme to Aylesbury Vale District Council on the grounds of lack of infrastructure, increased traffic and fears Aston Clinton could be consumed into Aylesbury.

And the MoD has also voiced its concerns over plans for the water meadow to the north of the site, which it said would be a breeding ground for birds which could be a hazard for jets flying from its RAF base in nearby Halton.

Laura Nokes, the MoD’s assistant safeguarding officer said: “The creation of water bodies and wet grassland in close proximity to aerodromes is of concern to the MoD and is a relevant consideration in bird hazard management. Our main concern is that this wet grassland habitat could attract birds hazardous to air traffic.”

Planning permission for 125 homes, hotel and gym and other employment space was granted for the same site in 2007, but building work never materialised.

The scheme’s promoters, called Aston Clinton Sarl, said: “The principle for a mixed use development predominately comprising residential and employment uses has therefore being established. Although this particular mix of uses has not proven viable, hence the site remaining undeveloped.”

The application comes after revised proposals for 3,000 homes at nearby Hampden Fields were announced, alongside plans for 1,100 and land for 9,000 jobs at Aylesbury Woodlands off the Aston Clinton bypass.

Critics argue that Aston Clinton and Weston Turville are being over-developed, with the lack of an official local plan for Aylesbury Vale providing little defence against speculative housing developments.

Phil Yerby, a campaigner against over-development in Aston Clinton and Weston Turville, said: “This development with other developments puts five sets of traffic lights within 250 yards of each other – that’s something you would find hard to replicate in the middle of London. It creates an urban sprawl from Aylesbury and joins up Weston Turville.”

The application form states that Bucks CC Highways’ is the owner of the land.