Aylesbury Garden Town
Aylesbury was awarded Garden Town status in January 2017, offering a unique chance to ensure that as the town grows, Aylesbury and the surrounding area continues to thrive and be an attractive place to live, work and visit.
The council has an important role to play in Aylesbury Garden Town as we are responsible for the maintenance and delivery of existing and new infrastructure across the county through Strategic Planning.
It is important that we work collaboratively and share responsibility with a wide range of other stakeholders to ensure the delivery of a sustainable and vibrant future for our communities.
We have formed a partnership and project delivery team for the Garden Town, which is aimed at creating truly desirable communities in a well-planned and sustainable environment that makes residents and visitors proud to be a part of. Garden Town status provides an exciting opportunity for the project delivery team to better plan for the future, whilst helping us to access funding from Central Government to help build and improve Aylesbury’s transport links and infrastructure.
When Aylesbury was awarded Garden Town status in 2017, the partnership included Aylesbury Vale District Council and Buckinghamshire County Council. The same teams are now working even closer within Buckinghamshire Council which formed in April 2020 when the county and district councils of Buckinghamshire merged.
Benefits of being a garden town
Achieving garden town status creates a huge amount of potential for Aylesbury Vale and the surrounding area. It's also an exciting opportunity which will help us deliver a place which can continue to grow in a coordinated way. Since Aylesbury was awarded Garden Town status, the project team has been putting the building blocks in place to ensure we make the most out of the opportunity and get it right.
The masterplan identifies eight aims and principles to help create a vibrant and thriving community.
The design principles focus on:
- creating self-contained communities
- encouraging active and healthy lifestyles through walking, cycling and public transport
- ownership of land and community long-term stewardship of assets
Several successful community projects are already making a difference to the lives of Aylesbury residents. Find out more about current and future AGT projects.
Following a bid for more funding, Aylesbury Garden Town has received an extra £270,000 from central government on top of the £540,000 that was awarded when Aylesbury received Garden Town status. We have also bid for further capacity funding, with support from HYAS who are expert consultants, to further support the project.
Project group and delivery
A dedicated Garden Town Project Manager supports the Project Team, as well working alongside a project delivery board. The delivery board provides leadership and oversight of the general strategy of the project.
The Project Team is currently being supported by HYAS, expert consultants who have strong experience in running similar projects. So far HYAS have reviewed the overall project plan, the governance arrangements, and the stakeholder and engagement strategy.
With the help of residents and the local community we have produced a draft masterplan. This sets out an exciting vision for the transformation of the area over the next three decades.
The draft masterplan covers the town centre and residential and employment development sites identified in the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP).
The masterplan is currently out for a six-week public consultation ending at 5pm on Friday 14 February 2020.
As part of the consultation we are providing:
- a series of public roadshow exhibition events
- the opportunity to provide feedback through an online survey
Visit the Aylesbury Garden Town website for more information and to view the draft masterplan.
View our page of Aylesbury Garden Town FAQs
Links to partner organisations
- The Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership (BLEP)
- South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP)