Ainscough Strategic Land have created a proposal to redevelop the airfield site into a 320 house village. Details are on the website former-marsworth-airfield.co.uk and have been circulated by post to village households. Parishioners are urged to respond rationally to these proposals. The Parish Council has opposed the development but, since no planning application has yet been submitted, formal objection has not been lodged. The proposal is wholly inconsistent with the detail and principles of the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan now approved. Ainscough did a presentation to local councillors on mondat 8th Novemebr and the following summarises the proceedings:
Members of Ainscough Strategic Land (Ainscough) presented to a meeting of Marsworth Parish Councillors prior to the Parish Meeting
at 7pm on Monday 8 November 2021.
Marsworth Parish Council - Councillors
R Kennedy, Chairman, H Chalmers, D Cornwall, G Monks, J Woodruff
Clerk to Parish Caroline Smith
Cllrs Derek Town, Peter Brazier and Chris Poll
Andy Hughes – Director, MPC Consultancy (Community consultation & stakeholder engagement)
John Brookes – Planning Director, Ainscough (Land promoter)
Freddie Palmer – Account Director, MPC Consultancy (Community consultation & stakeholder engagement)
Niamh Hession – Design Director, Turley (Masterplanning)
Amy Cooper – Associate Director, Turley (Planner)
Tim Russell – Associate Director, Croft Eddisons (Transport consultant)
It is under contract with the landowners for a specific period to bring the land forward as appropriate.
AVDC confirmed the land as Brown Field 2 years ago.
It is aware of 2 previous attempts to get large scale housing on the site and believe they can overcome the objections raised at the time.
Ainscough see the new village as free-standing and therefore separate to Marsworth, with 2-bedroomed housing upwards.
To guarantee the proposed benefits of school, shop, etc the scheme proposals will be captured during planning consent or a 106 agreement. Ainscough stated that it will have a triple-lock with three different entities having the power to enforce compliance.
MPC argued that roadway access was totally inadequate, but Ainscough believe they can overcome the issues.. Bus access issues can be overcome as can construction delivery through an agreed Construction Management Plan.
It has had 70 responses out of a mailout of 1,000 to an area around the scheme.
(MPC will carry out a similar survey).
As the land is part Bucks and part Dacorum, it will be engaging with Tring Rural Parish Council as well as Marsworth Parish Council (not Pitstone or Cheddington Parish Councils).
MPC opinion (by majority) is that it is far too much housing and in the wrong place.
It is to be put forward as a ‘windfall site’ as it is not part of the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP).
Planning submission to take place by the end of this year.
Following representations by the Parish Council through County Councillors to Bucks Council, Planners have issued a Section 215 notice requiring the owners of the building to tidy it up as per the file S215 above. It is hoped this will accelerate resolution of the eyesore.
The planning application to turn the existing building into 2 dwellings has been resubmitted a second time to correct minor errors in the previous one.
The planning application for 6 dwellings at the rear of the existing building has been refused - see file above for reasons. However a notice of appeal has been served - see Appeal - which may have overturned the refusal decision but this appeal has been rejected by the Planning Inspectorate - see decision letter above.
THE PLANNING APPLICATION HAS BEEN APPROVED SUBJECT TO A NEMBER OF PRECONDITIONS WHICH C&RT ARE NOW IN THE PROCESS OF SATISFYING, MEANWHILE CONSTRUCTION IS IN PROGRESS.