Development site will hit neighbours
THERE is considerable dismay amongst the 35 individuals and organisations who objected to the housing development on the edge of Newstead Wood, in Denham, (Bucks Advertiser last week, ‘New homes given approval’.
There were 48 arguments listed against this development, all of which have been ignored by South Bucks District Council (SBDC).
The case officer and the planning committee (councillors elected to represent local views) have shown no consideration for the serious reduction in quality of life for residents near the development site.
The residents either side of the inadequate access lane would have to endure noise from cars and delivery vehicles passing close by their windows from four households, instead of one currently. The refuse and recycling from four households would be deposited in front of these two houses on a public footpath, along with their own. All neighbouring houses and gardens would become overlooked.
SBDC tree experts have sanctioned the felling of 11 fully-grown and visually important trees, including Category B, with another 10 possibly to be removed and more than 30 more at risk, all covered by an area tree protection order (TPO). This destruction is hypocrisy, as in the same area, the council refused to allow the pruning of tree branches overhanging a house roof. Furthermore, independent ecologists have proved Newstead Wood is ancient, but SBDC planning staff choose to deny this, although there is extensive map and ground-survey evidence.
Why is SBDC motivated to allow four houses to be built under these circumstances when there are plans to provide more than 260 residences at the De-Luxe site in Denham?