Vil­lage fight for land to con­tinue

‘Fur­ther ac­tion will be taken’ by parish

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

A FIGHT to pro­tect an area of land in the cen­tre of a vil­lage could con­tinue de­spite an Ap­peal Court decision.

Chal­font St Peter Parish Coun­cil last month learned that its ap­peal against a ju­di­cial re­view, which found in favour of Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil’s decision to al­low homes to be built on the site of the for­mer Holy Cross Con­vent School in Chal­font St Peter, had been un­suc­cess­ful.

This ap­peared to give the go-ahead for work to be­gin on the site, which is in the mid­dle of the vil­lage, and would in­volve 198 homes and a 75-bed­room care home be­ing built there.

The parish coun­cil had chal­lenged the decision on the ba­sis that ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­i­ties were be­ing lost, and that Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil had been in­cor­rect in its state­ments about the amount of play­ing fields which had been on the site.

Parish coun­cil­lors were also keen for de­vel­op­ment of the site to in­volve mov­ing the Chal­font St Peter CE Academy there, to al­low the school to ac­com­mo­date more pupils.

Be­cause of the on­go­ing le­gal is­sues sur­round­ing the site, parish coun­cil­lor Richard Allen said that he is re­stricted in what he can say on the is­sue.

How­ever, the parish coun­cil has re­leased the fol­low­ing state­ment, which says: “The parish coun­cil has grave con­cerns re­gard­ing the way in which the judge­ment deals with one of the grounds of chal­lenge.

“It is the view of the parish coun­cil that an im­por­tant point of law and key fac­tual ev­i­dence has still not been ad­dressed by the court.

“The coun­cil’s le­gal ad­vis­ers have writ­ten to Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil’s lawyers to raise this as a mat­ter of ur­gency.

“Fur­ther ac­tion follow, de­pen­dent the re­sponse.”

When the judge­ment was made in Oc­to­ber, the parish coun­cil ex­pressed its dis­ap­point­ment, with Mr Allen say­ing that the parish coun­cil would take time to con­sider the judge­ment be­fore de­cid­ing on its next move.

What do you think? Is Chal­font St Peter Parish Coun­cil cor­rect to con­tinue to cam­paign for the Holy Cross site? Email our let­ters page at buck­snews@trin­i­tysouth.

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