‘Houses will have a devastating effect’
Neighbours unhappy with Trust’s plan for 76 homes
The Great Missenden Trust has submitted a planning application to Chiltern District Council to build 76 homes and a play area on land off Lodge Lane, in Prestwood.
The trust submitted a similar application for the same number of homes last year, but it was refused by the council’s planning committee for having ‘more holes than a block of Swiss cheese’.
The previous application attracted more than 100 letters of objection from villagers.
District councillor for the area Andrew Garnett said the application received the largest number of objections from local residents in his nine-year career as a district councillor.
The land is in the green belt and the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is not identified in the council’s core strategy, which is one of the reasons the previous application was refused.
However, the site has subsequently been presented to Chiltern District Council in its ‘call for sites’ in conjunction with the emerging Local Plan 2014 to 2036.
The trust also says it has addressed the previous reasons for refusal in the new application. The new application has so far attracted 21 letters of objection, with villagers concerned about building on green belt land, its impact on the village schools and doctor’s surgery, increased traffic, loss of an amenity for the community and a ‘devastating effect’ on the wildlife. Many of those who objected stated that Prestwood is a rural village and they want to see it kept as it is.
Writing in objection, Helen Armitage said: “This village is at full capacity already with school intake. Where do these new families propose to educate their children? Is this going to be at a cost to the already stretched school provision?
“There are far better sites to build on, not green belt land.
“This development is unwanted and would only be built at a considerable cost to the current residents of Prestwood surrounding areas.”
The land has no current use besides a footpath which runs through it and is not a public footway.
The land was last used as a residential garden when it belonged to an estate called The Firs, named after the surrounding trees, in the 1970s.
The application has been
and called in to the planning committee and a decision is expected to be made by the end of January.
People have until Friday, December 4 to submit their comments on the application by visiting www. c hi l t e r n. g ov. uk/ viewplanningapplications and searching for applicationCH/2015/1901/ OA.