Where do you think hous­ing should be?

Have your say on com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties, shop­ping and open spa­ces

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Tom Her­bert and Jo-Anne Rowney buck­snews@trin­i­tysouth.co.uk

READ­ERS can have their say on what sites should be ear­marked for new houses over the next 20 years.

A con­sul­ta­tion has been launched to ask peo­ple what they think should be cov­ered in a new Lo­cal Plan, which will run to 2036.

The doc­u­ment will set out a strat­egy for fu­ture devel­op­ment, and iden­tify sites for hous­ing, em­ploy­ment, shop­ping, com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties and open space.

It will also set out poli­cies, which will be used to de­ter­mine fu­ture plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions.

The dis­trict coun­cil is ask­ing peo­ple to sug­gest sites they feel are suit­able for devel­op­ment.

Iver Heath coun­cil­lor Bill Lidgate said in­fra­struc­ture needs to be con­sid­ered.

“Af­ford­able hous­ing is some­thing ev­ery­one is keen on, but the real big con­cern in this area is the road con­ges­tion, so any devel­op­ment will have an im­pact on that.

“We also have a limited num­ber of roads, and only one east to west road. That is never given enough con­sid­er­a­tion.

“We have to re­mem­ber 87 per cent of South Bucks is green belt.

“There are brown­field sites that can be de­vel­oped, like Wil­ton Park, in Bea­cons­field.”

Peo­ple in the Chal­fonts have also raised is­sues over in­fra­struc­ture, with plans al­ready in place for de­vel­op­ments at Holy Cross, Chal­font St Peter, and New­land Park, in Chal­font St Giles.

SENSE4CSP, an ac­tion group ‘op­posed to in­ap­pro­pri­ate devel­op­ment in the vil­lage,’ dis­cussed the is­sue at its meet­ing on Tues­day.

Chal­font St Peter Parish Coun­cil vice chair­man John Hat­ton said it has taken Thames Wa­ter “many years to own up” to the in­ad­e­quate sew­ers and added a re­port by Bucks County Coun­cil blamed the com­pany.

Mr Hat­ton said: “I think it’s high time they in­creased the size of the sew­ers and brought it up to mod­ern stan­dards.”

Thames Wa­ter spokesman Stu­art White said: “It doesn’t say in the re­port our sew­ers are not ad­e­quate but what it does say is there’s a risk of flood­ing in the short and medium term ex­treme wet weather events.

“A lot of our sew­ers were over­whelmed last year but on a day to day ba­sis the sew­ers work as they should.”

To take part in the con­sul­ta­tion over fu­ture devel­op­ment go to www.south­bucks.gov.uk/havey­our­say

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