De­vel­op­ment site will hit neigh­bours

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

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?

PAULA SAGE

Den­ham

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