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At Last? Chiltern Local Plan ‘Imminent’

March 15, 2019 6:10 AM


Peter Jones writes

It seems as if the long-delayed (but eagerly awaited?) local plan for Chiltern and South Bucks may be published this Spring. Councillors on Chiltern DC (CDC) are due to review the draft in late March. After that the plan will again be put out to public consultation.

We don't know for sure what will be in the new plan. Two items to look for will be:

  • How much of the Green Belt north of Chesham will be re-designated for housing
  • Whether the plan to take South Heath out of the Green Belt will be included.

If it is proposed to take South Heath out of the Green Belt, then South Heath residents need to make their opinions known during the consultation period. On the one hand, staying in the Green Belt would make getting planning permission for simple residential extensions harder. On the other, taking the village out of the Green Belt leaves open the possibility of 'knock-one-down-and-build-six', like in the Chartridge Lane part of Chesham in recent years.

There is no suggestion, by the way, that the Green Belt designation of the countryside around the village will be altered. Or indeed, anywhere else around Chartridge, Pednor or Ballinger.

Talking of knock-one-down-and-build-six, a decision on the planning application at Stepping Stones in South Heath is also expected to be due at the end of March. The long-running proposal for ten dwellings on the old Mushroom Farm should also be decided by then as well.

Peter is Liberal Democrat district councillor for Ballinger, South Heath and Chartridge.