Have your say on fu­ture pri­or­i­ties

Plan be­ing drawn up to look at devel­op­ment needs of South Bucks

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

CALLS have been made for more to be done to pro­tect South Bucks from fu­ture largescale de­vel­op­ments.

South Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cil wants to cre­ate a Lo­cal Plan, which once drawn up, will set out plan­ning guide­lines and devel­op­ment needs in the area un­til 2036.

The ideas and how to im­ple­ment them will be dis­cussed on Mon­day next week by the coun­cil, but peo­ple have spo­ken out in ad­vance of the dis­cus­sion to have their say on what they be­lieve the key is­sues for the dis­trict are.

Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil is also in the process of drawing up its own Lo­cal Plan which will serve the same pur­pose in the Chiltern area.

In to­day’s pa­per we ask peo­ple living in both ar­eas to speak out about what they be­lieve the pri­or­i­ties should be in the ar­eas in which they live.

Their re­sponses cover is­sues in­clud­ing do­ing more to pro­tect South Bucks from a se­ries of large scale de­vel­op­ments such as HS2 and the Pinewood Stu­dios ex­pan­sion, and mak­ing sure that peo­ple in the area see a di­rect lo­cal ben­e­fit from ma­jor projects.

In Chiltern there are calls for more to be done to keep young peo­ple from mov­ing out of the area by cre­at­ing more jobs for them, and also to en­sure that they are bet­ter in­te­grated into the com­mu­nity.

Ste­wart Pomeroy, Colne Val­ley and green spa­ces team manager for Ground­work South, the or­gan­i­sa­tion re­spon­si­ble for the up­keep of ar­eas such as the Colne Val­ley Park, said: “It’s a re­ally im­por­tant time for South Bucks.

“Many peo­ple do not re­alise the im­pact that sev­eral large scale de­vel­op­ments will have on this area.

“If they are go­ing to go ahead, we have to make sure that they are con­trolled, and that this area benefits.”

For the full re­port, see our cov­er­age on pages 12 and 13. Tell us what your pri­or­i­ties for the South Bucks and Chiltern ar­eas. Email our let­ters page at buck­snews@trin­i­tysouth.co.uk or tweet us at the de­tails be­low.

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