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Aylesbury Garden Town plans 'a flexible document'

The 2050 vision includes ideas to transform the town centre and create greener spaces.

Published by Mix96 News at 11:50am 17th July 2020. 3-minute read.

Aylesbury Garden Town plans 'a flexible document'

Aylesbury Garden town's 2050 vision and masterplan has been approved - but will it still work in the wake of coronavirus?

The Masterplan covers the existing built up area of Aylesbury including the town centre and the residential and employment development sites at the edge of Aylesbury.

It works to improve various areas including green infrastructure, economic and social objectives, local centres, sustainability and neighbourhood design. 

One of the big plans is to regenerate the town centre and it mentions creating more retail space.

We asked Councillor Steve Bowles if this is a good idea as the sector shrinks:

"The masterplan itself is not a planning document.

"It was always anticipated that it would be an agile and flexible document accommodating change over the next three decades and responding to local conditions."

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Steve told us that they want to see more mixed-use developments in the town, like The Exchange, which combines open space, restaurants and residential.

The Aylesbury Transport Strategy has also been developed to support the growth of the town and identifies a range of measures to help manage the impact of new development. 

Several projects are already underway, but Councillor Steve Bowles who is the Chairman of AGT told us due to the pandemic they're bringing some changes in sooner than planned:

"Walking and cycling is an important part of the UK resilience against coronavirus and creating a model shift towards more active travel is one of the key principles of the Garden Town proposal to be smart and sustainable and  aim to achieve 50% of journeys in Aylesbury to be made by sustainable modes of travel by 2050"

Steve also told us they are carrying out a social economic report which is assessing the commercial impact on the town and it will help them understand the more detailed impact on the programme. 

The plan is set to transform Aylesbury over the coming decades to make it a more desired place for people to live, work and visit.

You can read more on the Masterplan here.

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