GREEN BELT PLAN CAUSES ANGER
Residents pack public meeting to voice their concerns
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.”