Res­i­dents pack pub­lic meet­ing to voice their con­cerns

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

WOR­RIED res­i­dents, out­raged at pro­pos­als to build hun­dreds of homes on green belt land, vented their frus­tra­tions at a well at­tended pub­lic meet­ing in Chal­font St Peter on Mon­day.

They fear nearly 42 hectares of green belt land could be lost to de­vel­op­ment. Hosted by cam­paign Sense for Chal­font St Peter (SENSE4CSP) in Gold Hill Bap­tist Church, con­cerns were raised over the scale of de­vel­op­ment for two pieces of land put for­ward as pre­ferred op­tions in the lat­est stage of the Lo­cal Plan, which will de­ter­mine where and how much can be de­vel­oped for the next 20 years.

South Bucks and Chiltern dis­trict coun­cils have launched the Green Belt Pre­ferred Op­tions Con­sul­ta­tion, which runs un­til De­cem­ber 12, seek­ing opin­ion on ar­eas for pos­si­ble fu­ture de­vel­op­ment.

The con­sul­ta­tion in­cludes op­tions to build 420 houses next to the scout camp on Den­ham Lane, and re­move nearly 42 hectares of land from the green belt. This in­cludes 27.97 hectares at the Na­tional Epilepsy Cen­tre and 13.71 hectares from an area be­tween Den­ham Lane and Scout Camp to the south.

SENSE4CSP cam­paigner John Hat­ton said the vil­lage would strug­gle if hun­dreds of houses were built. “All those peo­ple need schools, they need re­cre­ation fa­cil­i­ties, they need care­homes,” he said.“If we use up all the sites for hous­ing where are we go­ing to put the com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties?”

SENSE4CSP cam­paigner Glyn Tay­lor called the con­sul­ta­tion ‘very, very bi­ased and un­even’, and said the worst thing that could hap­pen would be a hous­ing es­tate next to the scout camp. He added: “If the Epilepsy So­ci­ety site does go for­ward for de­vel­op­ment, it’s im­por­tant for it to stay as care home use.”

But Cllr John Wertheim, who sits on the Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil plan­ning com­mit­tee, said: “It’s not fait ac­com­pli.”

Mr Tay­lor added: “Green belt con­trol makes it harder for things to de­velop. I know you can’t say no to all de­vel­op­ment, I just think there are far bet­ter sites that can be de­vel­oped than Winkers and the Epilepsy So­ci­ety.”

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