Pro­pos­als show sig­nif­i­cant changes planned for town

Need to en­gage lo­cal peo­ple to en­sure the char­ac­ter of Bea­cons­field is pre­served

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

The Bea­cons­field So­ci­ety and Bea­cons­field Old Town Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion have come to­gether with other civic lead­ers to form Lo­cal Plan Watch in or­der to help with re­sponses to the Emerg­ing Lo­cal Plan, a doc­u­ment put to­gether by South Bucks and Chiltern District Coun­cils which could de­ter­mine how de­vel­op­ment takes place in the two dis­tricts over the next 20 years.

An ini­tial con­sul­ta­tion, which is tak­ing place at the mo­ment will be fol­lowed up with a fur­ther con­sul­ta­tion later in 2016, and adop­tion of the fi­nal plan in 2018.

Emails to lo­cal com­mu­nity group mem­bers have been sent out de­tail­ing what is known about the process and to in­vite them to at­tend a meet­ing, set to take place at Bea­cons­field Town Hall on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 5 at 7.30pm.

Ali­son Wheel­house from the Bea­cons­field So­ci­ety said: “Since the con­sul­ta­tion was opened up, the time­line to get ev­i­dence based feed­back into the process is re­ally chal­leng­ing - just eight weeks.

“We have a chal­lenge ahead to both en­gage lo­cal peo­ple and to get them to un­der­stand the full im­pact of what has been an­nounced in this con­sul­ta­tion. Bea­cons­field faces some sig­nif­i­cant changes be­cause of cur­rent pro­pos­als.”

She added: “We want to work with the lo­cal bod­ies in­volved to make sure Bea­cons­field gets a fair CHE­SHAM and Amer­sham MP Ch­eryl Gil­lan vis­ited Chiltern Open Air Mu­seum in Chal­font St Giles re­cently.

As a long-stand­ing pa­tron she was keen to see the work that took place over win­ter, which in­cluded re­plac­ing the floor and re­build­ing a daub oven in the Iron Age round­house, and to show her sup­port for the Mu­seum’s hard-work­ing team of vol­un­teers.

The new oven will be used in school work­shops to demon­strate how peo­ple cooked in the past, and Ch­eryl en­joyed get­ting into the spirit of things by dress­ing up as an Iron Age lady.

Mrs Gil­lan also met Bev­er­ley and Crys­tal, the two Old English goats who moved to the mu­seum a few months ago, and took them for a walk around the Vil­lage Green.

She also fed the two cows in their win­ter home among the his­toric farm­yard build­ings, and was in­tro­duced to the Well­head wa­ter spir­its who speak when vis­i­tors roll gold coins into the well.

The Wa­ter Spir­its were in­stalled thanks to a Cat­a­lyst grant from the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund and have been in­stru­men­tal in rais­ing ad­di­tional much needed funds for the mu­seum’s run­ning costs. crack of the whip and the char­ac­ter of Bea­cons­field is pre­served and the green belt pro­tected.”

The com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions have set up a Lo­cal Plan Watch Group which is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the process so far and re­view­ing all the ma­te­ri­als cur­rently pro­vided.

It is re­search­ing some el­e­ments and ask­ing ques­tions of plan­ning teams to fully un­der­stand and ex­plain­ing how the plan has been pulled to­gether so far and it is likely to de­velop.

It is in the process of set­ting up a mail­ing list in or­der to keep peo­ple and busi­nesses in the town up to speed on the is­sues.

A spokesman for BOTRA added: “This plan seems to sug­gest­ing a vast amount of green belt land be­ing re­leased for hous­ing de­vel­op­ment sur­round­ing the Old Town in par­tic­u­lar and that will lead to dra­matic changes and enor­mous strains on lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture.”

The con­sul­ta­tion lasts un­til March 14, and more in­for­ma­tion on the lo­cal plan can be found by go­ing to www. so u t h b u c k s . g o v. u k / p l ann in g / lo­calplan2014-2036.

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