Homes ‘will cause chaos’

De­vel­op­ment is given ap­proval

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The re­de­vel­op­ment of 90 Ash­eridge Road, a derelict former fac­tory site, was ap­proved at a Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil plan­ning com­mit­tee meet­ing.

It has granted per­mis­sion for the de­mo­li­tion of ex­ist­ing build­ings, the de­vel­op­ment of 142 homes, of­fice space, car park­ing and land­scap­ing.

In the ap­pli­ca­tion, the de­vel­op­ers said the four­storey de­vel­op­ment will be an im­prove­ment on the dis­used site’s cur­rent state.

A spokesman said: “The site is pre­vi­ously de­vel­oped vacant and derelict brown­field land with only spoil from the pre­vi­ous de­vel­op­ment site.

“It has oth­er­wise re­mained vacant and un­used for over 10 years since the former fac­tory build­ings at the site were de­mol­ished.

“It there­fore cur­rently does noth­ing to con­trib­ute to­wards the dis­trict coun­cil’s eco­nomic or housing needs.”

The plan­ning per­mis­sion comes af­ter dozens of ob­jec­tions were voiced to the lo­cal coun­cil, with some res­i­dents sug­gest­ing the de­vel­op­ment will cause “ut­ter chaos”.

One res­i­dent said: “We ap­pre­ci­ate that we have a housing shortage in the coun­try, but this par­tic­u­lar site will cause ut­ter chaos on the sur­round­ing roads.”

An­other added: “The schools are over­crowded and we haven’t enough doc­tors in the area to cope with all the ex­tra peo­ple – please think again and save our town.”

One spoke of the town’s in­fra­struc­ture prob­lem and said they have “grave con­cerns” about how it will af­fect the town.

They said: “Ar­eas are al­ready at or over ca­pac­ity, such as con­ges­tion along key road­ways, drainage, school­ing and GP pro­vi­sion.”

Che­sham Town Coun­cil ex­pressed a sim­i­lar view­point and sug­gested “in­fra­struc­ture be­fore de­vel­op­ment” is an im­per­a­tive.

The Che­sham So­ci­ety’s plan­ning of­fi­cer added: “It is clear that in­fra­struc­ture in its widest sense has reached a tip­ping point in Che­sham.”

Al­though ob­jec­tions were made about the re­de­vel­op­ment, many sup­port it and sug­gest it ad­dresses the housing cri­sis in the county.

A spokesman for Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil spoke af­ter the coun­cil granted the plan­ning per­mis­sion. She said: “This is a former em­ploy­ment site which has been vacant for about 10 years and pre­vi­ously plan­ning per­mis­sion was granted for a data cen­tre, which cov­ered a large per­cent­age of the site.

“The full range of public views were taken into ac­count and the coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee gave care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion to all the ob­jec­tions and com­ments re­ceived.

“In line with na­tional plan­ning poli­cies, the coun­cil’s core strat­egy and lo­cal plan­ning poli­cies the com­mit­tee de­cided to grant per­mis­sion, sub­ject to com­ple­tion of the le­gal agree­ment.

“De­vel­op­ment in­volved re­gen­er­a­tion of the site for a mixed com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial use, in­clud­ing af­ford­able housing.”

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