More heritage will be destroyed
RE Bucks Advertiser, July 2, P17, ‘New homes are given approval’ YET another piece of English Heritage today stands condemned.
As reported in last week’s Advertiser, Newstead Wood, in Denham Green is to be sacrificed on the altar of short-term financial gain.
Despite warnings from residents and ecological organisations such as the Woodland Trust and the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) that this development will threaten protected species as well as the woodland itself, South Bucks District Council has granted outline planning permission to build a housing estate within this ancient and protected woodland which records show dates back to 1590.
This ecological vandalism calls into question the democratic process as the planning committee not only ignored the very sound arguments against the project from 35 objectors but also several of its own local plan policies.
At the committee meeting, (following a councillors’ site visit of only 10 minutes), not one mention was made by “our representatives” of the huge impact this will have on the quality of life of local residents, ie those whom the councillors are supposed to represent, members preferring instead to rubber-stamp the planning officer’s recommendation.
Apart from the impact on the woodland, other issues totally ignored by the planners include the lack of adequate parking facilities, lack of adequate refuse collection arrangements, the overlooking of neighbouring property and a two-way access road which will require the destruction of trees and hedges and will pass next to our living room.
The developer, Brookworth Homes, has repeatedly ignored requests by residents for further information.
With this cavalier attitude and the disdain shown by the district council, what chance is there for ordinary people?
The one glimmer of hope for democracy came from Denham Parish Council, which opposed the plan on our behalf.
Needless to say, this was dismissed by the district council.