Public hearings getting to ‘core’
Future developments being debated
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. gov.uk/DPD/Exam