New homes are given approval
Neighbours object to woodland plan
CAMPAIGNERS have been left ‘reeling’ with disappointment after plans to build four houses next to woodland were approved.
Neighbours are also devastated with the news after the South Bucks District Council ( SBDC) planning committee granted outline planning permission for the development next to Newstead Wood, on Denham Green Lane, Denham.
The controversial application, which was received in March this year, seeks to knock down an existing house to build four more. But villagers and the parish council are against the move as they say the site is next to ancient woodland which houses a wide variety of protected trees and wildlife.
Speaking at the meeting, which was held on Wednesday, June 24, John Hollands, who lives next to the proposed development, said: “The report by the planning officer contains a number of serious inaccuracies and omissions, some of which I will explain in the short time available.”
He added: “The balance between the human rights of the applicant, and those of the community, will patently not be served by approving this application. This proposal is not workable, and accordingly we urge you to reject the planning application.”
But Peter Hadley, the agent, in his statement said: “The report is extremely detailed.”
He added: “I think the report is very through in assessing the keys issues here.”
Chairman of the committee Jacquetta Lowen-Cooper said: “The evidence that we have is that it’s not ancient woodland.”
Councillors also expressed concerns about the management and protection of trees, woodland and widlife.
In response to this George Sandy said: “Is it not feasible for us to mark the trees to prevent any nasty little accidents,” an idea accepted by the committee.
Santokh Chhokar said: “The concerns which have been raised, if you can make sure those have all been included.”
But villagers were furious with the outcome.
April Hollands said: “It’s unbelievable. We’re reeling at the moment.”