New homes are given ap­proval

Neigh­bours ob­ject to wood­land plan

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SCHOOL REPORT - By Tom Herbert tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.”

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