‘Sewers will not cope with plan’
Neighbours’ fears about new homes
NEIGHBOURS have raised concerns over plans to develop land behind two homes, saying it will put a further strain on the sewers.
The application asks for permission to build two homes on land to the rear of 49 and 51 Lakes Lane, Beaconsfield, with access via 51.
Neighbours living in the road have objected to the plans saying the access should not be at the front of the house, and that more homes will prove too much for the sewage system.
Lakes Lane has had several issues over the last few years, with cases last year where the sewers overflowed, making the road impassable in wet weather.
However, Thames Water has raised no objections to the plans, which are due to be discussed on Wednesday, January 14.
Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator for the street, John Storey, said most households have reservations about the proposal.
He said: “In the light of some 25 per cent increase in the number of properties approved in the past seven or so years, at every stage of development residents have brought to planners’ attention the need to be sure the sewage and drains infrastructure is adequate.
“Since in the past months drains have proved not to be adequate, residents are now concerned to look for a cast-iron undertaking that improvements have been made.”
He said this was yet to come, meaning that neighbours could not back the plans.
He added access was also a major concern as previously new homes had an access route at the rear of the new builds.
Mr Storey said: “Lakesfield is a previously approved access off Lakes Lane for future sustainable development of properties to the east of Lakes Lane.
“No further access points should be created. So this application could not be allowed as it stands, without resubmission with Lakesfield access.”
For an update following the South Bucks District Council planning meeting, visit www. getbucks.co.uk.