Following on from the public consultation meetings held in Bedgrove and Weston Turville a few months ago a planning application has now been received by Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) for the Hampden Fields development. The application has been put forward by a consortium comprising Aylesbury College, Fairfield Partnership & Taylor Wimpey. District Councillors David Thompson, Phil Yerby and County Councillor Bill Chapple do not support or endorse these proposals in any way. AVDC are in the process of developing a Local Plan for growth over the next 20 years. We deeply regret that the developers and the College are bringing this application in advance of this very transparent process. Currently AVDC have already granted planning approval for an additional 7000 plus houses and plans for a further 2450 houses have been deferred and delegated in Aylesbury Vale. It may be that relatively few more homes are needed once the Local Plan has been completed in two years time. The infrastructure that we have in place in Weston Turville, Bedgrove and the surrounding villages would be hard pushed to cope with the massive influx of people that would accompany this proposed development. Our roads, secondary schools and even our hospital will be overwhelmed by this level of growth. Weston Turville resident and District Councillor Phil Yerby said, “I am in absolutely no doubt what my constituents views are on this matter and I intend to represent them in the most robust manner possible and in any forum”. Phil continued, “If these plans are indeed rejected by AVDC I call upon the Rt. Hon Eric Pickles, Secretary of State, in line with his belief in Localism, not to overrule that decision.” If you would like to find out more about the planned development you can visit the official website www.hampdenfields.com or the local action group website www.stophampdenfields.com, you can also follow them on Twitter @hampdenfields.