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VILLAGERS in Chalfont St Peter have taken to social media to have their say on the Local Plan.
Facebook, Twitter and network Streetlife are awash with comments and criticism of the consultation and the proposed sites.
They have expressed their frustration with what they say is complicated documentation and with the proposed sites being considered.
On Streetlife, campaigner Karen Dickson writes: “Put aside your cynicism and disillusionment with local authorities and planners for the moment, and take the time to add your voice to this consultation.”
In reply Bob O writes: “We ought to try and put our cynicism aside and take this as a genuine attempt at working through what is a really, really difficult problem for the county and, indeed the government. More, many more, homes are needed and Bucks has to provide a given number so let’s put our thinking caps on and respond as constructively as possible.”
Another user of the site, who goes by the name of Garry B, states: “I am sure Bucks will have to provide a given number and I would have thought the amount of homes that are going to be constructed on the convent site is a fair contribution to the Bucks quota, albeit that supply has come from Chalfont St Peter alone, but why is Chalfont St Peter taking such a large amount of the county of Bu c k i n g h a m s h i r e ’s quota?
“The emphasis being on our village and not our county.
“I would like to know what the advantages are of having all this development in just one area, Chalfont St Peter. It does not seem very well thought out.”
The commenter added: “Whichever way we look at it, it is going to be mass construction on a small area which will have a massive impact on our village and its surroundings.”
Chalfont St Peter Parish Council, in conjunction with campaign group SENSE4CSP, has formed a working party to examine potential development sites. Anyone who can
volunteer is urged to contact the parish council offices.
Visit http:// chalfontstpeter-pc.gov. uk, follow the parish council on Twitter and Facebook or visit www. sense4csp.org for more information.
A Chiltern District Council spokesperson said: “At the moment we are not trying anything, this is a consultation and we’re still at the early stages. It’s assuming that decisions have been made and they certainly have not been made at this stage.
“We need peoples’ views, we need to hear local peoples’ views and reasons why those areas that we are testing are considered unsuitable for those people living there.
“They are areas that we have got to test to show whether they’re worthy of future investigation or not.”
An open public meeting has been arranged for Tuesday March 1 at the Church of England Academy’s School Hall in Church Lane, at 7.30pm, to discuss the implications.
An initial meeting was held last night.
The working party hopes to be able to answer questions and assist people responding to the consultation.
Maps showing the possible areas being examined for large scale development, which are already online, will be displayed at the meetings for residents to examine in more detail.
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