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THE ‘LO­CAL PLAN’: Get the lat­est on lo­cal coun­cils’ con­tro­ver­sial de­vel­op­ment pro­pos­als

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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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