Homes beside ancient woodland approved
Neighbours ‘gutted’ by decision to approve four large homes on plot
Despite a long running battle with South Bucks District Council (SBDC), the planning committee approved the proposals for Green Lane at a meeting earlier this month.
According to documents seen by the Advertiser/ Examiner the controversial plot of land – which was granted outline permission last year – has been bought by Unifruit Limited for £1.5m.
The development will see the existing house knocked down to be replaced by four detached houses with garages and gardens
Neighbours only recently had a small amount of success after SBDC, assessing matters of scale, landscaping and appearance, rejected plans at a meeting in June.
But the developers returned with a number of concessions, including that a private rubbish collection service be used and that no window can be inserted in any roof slope or front gables of the houses, and the planning application was subsequently granted.
John Holland, neighbour, said: “I’m gutted. We’re devastated because we think they haven’t listened to any of the objections.”
People are against the development as they say the site is next to ancient woodland which houses a wide variety of protected trees and wildlife, and state that councillors have not taken this into consideration.
Added to this, neighbours also object to the size and layout of the houses and argue that rubbish collection has not been thought out due to the narrow entrance road along which a number of houses sit.
Mr Hollands feel he is at a loss as to what he can do and said: “They will just cut down the trees, they will just block off the houses, there will be no badgers. [The woodland] is not going to exist.
“It’s against all the recommendations by the Woodland Trust, Forestry Commission and Natural England.
“It’s a bit glum but we don’t know what’s going to happen. “We’re really fed up.” A South Bucks District Council spokesperson said: “All applications along with any objections submitted are carefully considered by the planning committee.
“Permission was granted for this development in accordance with the development plan. In this instance there were no material planning grounds to refuse the application.
“The continued objection to the scheme on grounds of impact on the ancient woodland and loss of trees are matters that were dealt with under the previous reserved matters application.
“It should be noted that the proposal has the full support of Bucks County Council ecologist and the council’s arboriculturist and landscape officer in this regard.”
Jack Taylor, Woodland Trust campaigner, said: “Natural England’s standing advice includes precedent that sets a minimum buffer of at least 15 metres between ancient woodland and any development boundary.
“Sadly the recommendation has been ignored in this case and will not be followed by the council or applicants, another example of environmental disregard we are seeing across the country.
SBDC will soon be consulting on sites for future development in the local area and we would urge anyone who cares about the environment to get involved and make sure ancient woodland is given due consideration.”
Four four-bedroom homes have been approved for the site in Green Lane