Aylesbury Vale District Council has withdrawn its draft Local Plan from examination after a planning inspector found that the plan does not meet the duty to co-operate.

Following examination hearings in December, the inspector wrote to the Council last month and said that the Council had failed in its duty to co-operate during the preparation of the plan. He also warned that the document, which sets out plans for 13,850 homes and 6,000 jobs until 2031, was not sound in relation to its overall provision for housing and jobs.

The Council decided at a meeting last week to follow the inspector's recommendation to withdraw the plan. The Council's planning officers said in a report ahead of last week's meeting that they did "not believe there is a realistic choice but to withdraw the Plan and make a swift start on work to produce a new Local Plan for the District".

Council leader Neil Blake said in a statement after the inspector's letter was received that the Council was "incredibly disappointed and surprised" at his conclusions.

"We believed our plan was in the best interests of the local area and created the right balance of new housing, for the development of the area. We also felt the Vale of Aylesbury Plan followed the Government’s localism agenda by reflecting the views of the local community rather than housing numbers being imposed on us by others."

The Council said it is now carrying out all necessary actions under legislation relating to withdrawal of the plan.

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