Pub­lic hear­ings get­ting to ‘core’

Fu­ture de­vel­op­ments be­ing de­bated

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­

A PLAN to pro­tect Chiltern’s towns, vil­lages and coun­try­side while pro­mot­ing sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment is to be de­bated.

Com­mu­ni­ties have been com­ment­ing on ma­jor hous­ing de­vel­op­ments and po­ten­tial trav­eller sites ear­marked in Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil’s (CDC) De­liv­ery De­vel­op­ment Plan Doc­u­ment (DDPD) since a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion be­gan in Fe­bru­ary.

There will be a pub­lic ex­am­i­na­tion of var­i­ous as­pects of the doc­u­ment be­tween Tu e s d a y, Novem­ber 11 and the fol­low­ing Tues­day, at the coun­cil’s head­quar­ters in King George V House, King George V Road, Amer­sham.

Dis­trict coun­cil­lor Don Phillips said: “The doc­u­ment is a step­ping stone to­wards a com­plete re­vi­sion of our poli­cies. We have not had an aw­ful lot of crit­i­cal com­ment but there have been quite a few sug­ges­tions on how we can change the pro­posed poli­cies.”

In­spec­tor Pa­trick White­head has been ap­pointed by the gov­ern­ment to con­duct the ex­am­i­na­tion. He will hear re­vi­sions put for­ward by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the com­mu­nity and de­cide whether CDC needs to make any al­ter­ations to the doc­u­ment.

One of the most dif­fi­cult is­sues, ac­cord­ing to Mr Phillips, is find­ing the bal­ance be­tween the need to build houses in the dis­trict and pro­tect­ing both green belt land and the Area of Nat­u­ral Out­stand­ing Beauty (AONB).

The gov­ern­ment has asked CDC to al­low the con­struc­tion of up to 2,900 homes by 2036.

Mr Phillips said: “We do ac­knowl­edge there is a much greater need for homes than is in­di­cated by that num­ber. How­ever, about 86 per cent of the Chilterns is green belt or AONB; build­ing on this has got to be the last re­sort.”

Twe l ve po­ten­tial trav­eller sites in­cluded in the de­vel­op­ment plan sparked con­tro­versy, with more than 1,000 re­sponses to the first pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, held in au­tumn last year.

Con­sul­tants are con­sid­er­ing nine pos­si­ble lo­ca­tions in Chal­font St Peter, Amer­sham, Che­sham and Lit­tle Mis­senden, which need to be cre­ated in the next five years.

The fi­nal plan will be­come part of CDC’s Core Strat­egy, which means it will be re­ferred to for all fu­ture plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions.

The hear­ing is open to the pub­lic, but only in­vited par­tic­i­pants can take place in the de­bate.

Full de­tails and a timetable, which is sub­ject to change, are avail­able on­line, at www.chiltern.

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