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Your chance to comment on the New Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan

July 3, 2019 2:48 PM

Housing

A 6-week consultation period on the new local plan began on 7 June.

Chiltern Liberal Democrats urge local residents to look at the plan and comment on it. More information can be found at www.chiltern.gov.uk or on the Local Plan pages https://www.chiltern.gov.uk/planning/localplan

Here are some of the points that you might like to consider:

Green Belt: In Chiltern, the councils plan to release Green Belt for housing north of Chesham, between Amersham Old Town and the by-pass, in Little Chalfont, Holmer Green, and Chalfont St Peter. There are also plans for many new homes in the Green Belt around Beaconsfield in South Bucks. While almost everyone would agree that new houses need to be built, other options could include building up rather than out, making better use of previously developed land and higher density housing in town centres. Development control has not usually been an area for party politics, but it's only fair to point out that the Conservative manifestos for the 2015 and 2017 general elections pledged to protect the green belt. There was nothing about needing to build more houses on it.

Green Belt Villages: If you live in one of the villages currently 'washed over' by the green belt, there are changes which affect you. It is proposed to take these villages, South Heath, Hyde Heath, Botley, Ley Hill, Jordans, Little Kingshill and Winchmore Hill, out of the green belt altogether. This means there is no extra protection from the knock-one-down-and-build-six developments that have been so common elsewhere in recent years. A change to green belt policy also affects residents in Ashley Green, Ballinger, Bellingdon, Buckland Common, Chartridge, Chenies, Cholesbury, Coleshill, Hawridge, Little Missenden, Penn, Penn Street, The Lee, Lee Common and Whelpley Hill. These villages will still be in the green belt but 'limited infilling' will be allowed. You might want to check the proposals maps to see if the village boundary makes sense to you. There are many other proposals in the plan, including on affordable housing, shopping centres and employment sites. The plan is quiet on the infrastructure and services that will be needed to support all the new homes, such as more primary healthcare, and many children needing education when local schools are already under pressure.

Chiltern Liberal Democrats encourage you to look at the plans and make your comments before the closing date which has bee extended from 19 July to 23 August. A government inspector will examine the plan and and consider the comments, probably later this year.