‘Houses will have a dev­as­tat­ing ef­fect’

Neigh­bours un­happy with Trust’s plan for 76 homes

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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