‘Sew­ers will not cope with plan’

Neigh­bours’ fears about new homes

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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