A series of workshops are being held in February, on behalf of Chiltern & South Bucks District Council, across the districts to inform the on-going Chiltern & South Bucks Townscape Character Study.
The informal drop-in sessions will allow parish and town councils, other community groups and local residents to contribute their views on what they value most about the character of their towns or villages.
The workshops will be facilitated by consultants, Chris Blandford Associates, who have been commissioned to undertake an updated and consistent Townscape Character Study of key settlements across both Districts on behalf of the Councils. Continue reading Chiltern Townscape Character Study→
Since its inception, we’ve kept you updated on the progress of the Local Development Scheme (LDS) which Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Councils have jointly agreed to pursue. Search under Local Plan to read the history.
Yes, and this one does affect the whole of this area for years to come. So it should involve us all now.
To help you, we have created user friendly maps for you to see how you are affected. These highlight the sites under consideration and make it easy for you to get further official (CDC) information.
We have already informed you about the Local Plan Consultation which is reviewing 15 preferred Green Belt options a few weeks ago. As usual there is a lot of information to go through in the evidence base which is normal for these exercises.
PVA has extracted the current status around Prestwood and displayed them on a map. There are 22 of them.
But aren’t they all rejected?
Yes they are, however some of those have been rejected twice. As this process moves through to a conclusion we should remind ourselves of the current status of the plan as far as Prestwood is concerned.
Any of these can come back, and as you can see in one case; two adjacent areas next to Lodge Lane have both been rejected, the area was made even larger (10 Ha) and appeared again with a proposal for a school to be built there. See this item for area 2.02.
A group of Prestwood business men have proposed to purchase the currently closed Kings Head pubic house for the community. Last year they were on the verge of completing the deal, only to be gazumped at the last minute. At present the pub is listed as a community asset and it is very unlikely it would get a change of use to residential accommodation granted by the local authority while there is a community bid on the table.
Residential use is only allowed at the Kings Head provided it remains a public house. The property cannot be converted to exclusively residential accommodation without a change in use permission being granted by the local authority.
The group of Prestwood businessmen have stated they would offer the market price for the premises, just as they offered to the previous owners. A spokesman for the group said “ We are very keen to return this pub back to the community where it has been for the last 130 years.”
PVA: The following has been received which indicates that the next stage of the Local Plan development is about to start.
CHILTERN AND SOUTH BUCKS LOCAL PLAN (2014-2036) GREEN BELT PREFERRED OPTIONS CONSULTATION [OFFICIAL]
From 31st October until 5pm on 12th December 2016* Chiltern and South Bucks Councils are consulting on 15 Green Belt Options they consider should be brought forward in the emerging Local Plan in order to help meet the development needs for the Districts. The Councils are consulting in order to:
seek views to help determine their suitability for development;
help understand views on what type of development should be sought if suitable and what type of requirements should be secured as part of development;
enable comments on the evidence base that has informed the Consultation; and
provide the opportunity for alternative options to be put forward.
(Comment from Prestwood Village Association: Many thanks to the community for providing your feedback on the end of this item we will ensure it is flagged up to CDC and the Parish Council should this come up for consideration. Immediately below is a comment from CDC Councillor John Gladwin, added 24th October 2016 on this subject)
“The development of affordable housing in the District is a Government Imposed Target for CDC. Since the formation of a Working Group to look at it, a number of sites have come forward, giving the opportunity to provide a significant number of affordable homes. However there are not unlimited sums of money to fund these all these opportunities. Thus there is a need for the opportunities to be reviewed in more depth. As such this will take time. The proposal for a proportion of the Prestwood Car Park to be converted to Affordable Housing has not gone away, but is being considered as part of that further evaluation.
As said previously, any proposals will to be recommended by the working group, supported by the Council, and be subject of a Consultation.”
Some of you will have already heard that Chiltern District Council is looking at the need to provide Affordable Housing in the District and has set up a committee to review this.
As part of that review, Prestwood High Street Car Park has been brought forward as it borders the Paradigm housing in Maybush Gardens. PVA understands that the proposal would be to take a small portion of the car park towards the rear. This along with a large number of other sites is still under consideration by the committee, but no recommendation has been made.
Our local CDC Councillors, John Gladwin and Peter Martin, are members of the committee and tell us that before it can become a reality, it will need to be
Recommended by the committee
Considered and recommended by the CDC cabinet
Be subject to a local consultation
Please air your views by Leaving a Comment (see above in headings) and PVA will feedback to our local District Councillors.
CDC propose to repeat these as part of the next public consultation on Preferred Options, along with holding a number of exhibitions across the two districts and want to give you advance notice of key dates. This will be limited to development options in the Green Belt that the councils consider should be taken forward in the Local Plan in order to help meet development needs. Consultation responses will help inform decisions on a draft Local Plan (expected for consultation in March/April 2017).
The details for the Preferred Options Consultation will be determined by the Councils joint Cabinets on 12th October 2016 (a Joint Committee meeting) and as such the following details are subject to confirmation.
The House of Lords Select Committee has set out its hearing programme from 7 – 9 June; all are Locus Standi challenges.
Eight MPs with constituencies directly and specially affected by the proposed route for Phase 1 of HS2 have joined together to write to the House of Lords regarding the latest petitioning process in that House. The letter is attached.
If you would like to be kept up to date will all the latest information on HS2 matters please contact Andrea Polden email firstname.lastname@example.org who will add you to her mailing list. Andrea is a volunteer who shares daily information on HS2 matters.
The following applies to the public car park opposite Prestwood Motors on the High Street and was received from John Gladwin, our local CDC Councillor.
Prestwood Car Park
Recently Chiltern District Council was approached to see whether it would be prepared to sell the rear part of the Car Park off Prestwood High Street to facilitate the building of 4 affordable Housing units. This was initially considered an attractive proposition given the shortage of affordable housing in the District.
However on further consideration, taking into account the Recycling Centre and the varied utilisation of the Car Park, the proposal has been passed to CDC’s Affordable Housing Group for further consideration. Before any decision is made about this, the community will be consulted.
As previously reported by PVA, Prestwood has been identified as a potential candidate for urban extension to meet part of the housing needs in the Chiltern District Council area over the next 16 years. One large site has been identified by Lepus Consulting which is an enlarged plot in the same location of the 76 New Homes site adjacent to Lodge Lane;- Previous News item – 100s of new homes proposed for Prestwood?
At last night’s Planning Committee Meeting (18 Feb), Chiltern District Council refused permission for the application to build 76 new homes off Lodge Lane. The Committee were unanimous in their decision against the application. It is anticipated that the applicant, The Great Missenden Trust, will appeal the decision within the next six months.
As PVA has previously highlighted, Chiltern District Council have embarked on a new Joint Local Plan with South Bucks. The Local Plan will define where development will occur within the District up to 2036. CDC are currently assessing areas for green belt release and a larger area of land off Lodge Lane has been proposed as a potential urban extension to Prestwood. This land comprises the two large houses on Wycombe Road (Peppers House and Manna Ash), the orchard, the 76newhomes land and the paddocks (up to the boundary of Chiltern Way School). Assuming the same density of housing as the 76newhomes development, this could be in the region of 340 houses.
For further info, please take a look at Prestwood Village Association and Chiltern District Council’s website:-
The public are invited to comment on the Plan via the Consultation Response Form. There are 17 questions in total and you are encouraged to answer as many questions as you like. The deadline for responses is 17:00 on 14 March 2016. PVA are currently reviewing the questions and putting together some guidelines/suggestions for how Prestwood residents might want to respond. This should be available in the next few days.
On 20 January, Graham Winwright, CDC’s Planning Policy Manager, unveiled the next stage of the Emerging Local Plan for Chilterns & South Bucks 2014-2036 and PVA went along to find out more. His presentation can be seen here.
This current public consultation, on Issues and Options, is aimed at raising awareness and encouraging participation amongst local groups and organisations as well as the public.It will be carried out in accordance with both councils’ Statement of Community Involvement and runs from 19th January to 5pm on 14th March 2016.
As Chiltern District Council has now joined forces with South Bucks District Council in this exercise, the whole process has once again been re-started and, therefore, all submissions by everyone in previous public consultations need to be repeated and re-emphasised. Continue reading CDC’s Emerging Local Plan→
Hard-won concessions came on Wednesday (20 January) in an eleventh hour offer from HS2 Ltd, when Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC) was back in front of the Commons HS2 Select Committee.
The County Council, working with district and parish councils, made submissions to the Select Committee in October, which won mitigation measures for damage and disruption the high-speed rail line is expected to cause. These included flood alleviation and monitoring measures, rights-of-way changes, school and public transport concessions, a pledge to recycle 95% of construction, demolition and excavation waste, and the removal of two controversial spoil dump sites from the plan.
Two major issues dominated the eleventh-hour negotiations and were particularly tough to reach agreement on, one being:
• Local communities in Great Missenden and Prestwood expressed their concerns to the council about the proposal to provide a haul road for construction traffic from the Link Road roundabout on the A413. The council asked that an alternative haul road be provided further north. HS2 Ltd has agreed to this, subject to the council securing the necessary consents and that any alternative proposal doesn’t increase the cost.
See here for last news item reported by PVA on this.
Congratulations to everyone who has been involved in the hard work to achieve this.
There are three information releases related to this that you can download and open below:
As we reported earlier, Chiltern & South Bucks District Councils have agreed to undertake a Joint Local Plan (2014 to 2036) and from 19 January until 14 March the councils will be undertaking an initial public consultation on a Local Plan incorporating consultation on key issues and options.
The councils want to help local groups and organisations that have an interest in the Local Plan engage in the consultation process and to help raise awareness within their communities/groups and encourage local residents and other interested parties to engage. PVA will be represented at a briefing session on 20 January where officers and lead Council members will be available to explain the consultation, the process, options and answer any questions.
Graham Winwright, Planning Policy Manager, Chiltern & South Bucks District Councils, points out “This is an important time for Chiltern and South Bucks which, like many districts across the country, will see significant development pressures over the next two decades.
“The councils are required to plan to meet their communities development needs, which for Chiltern & South Bucks will be a very significant challenge given the level of needs, the Green Belt, our environmental constraints and likely infrastructure needs (eg roads, schools, health facilities, utility services) required to support development.”
A process is about to start across Chiltern and South Bucks districts to review planning and potential building locations.
This work will be subject to public consultation and is about to be reviewed in CDC cabinet on the 22nd of December.
The document is in draft form and may change between now and then, however it is worth pointing out that within this document there is a strategic proposal to make land adjacent to Lodge Lane a potential candidate for development. This area is larger than the space being looked at by 76 New Homes.
This document and process replaces the DDPD which was cancelled at the end of 2014.
We have extracted some relevant text from the document and an interpretation of the site being proposed as a “candidate site” under Hot Topics. You can go to here to find out more.
We want to stress that this is a draft document and has not been subject to public review yet. It is not a policy or an approved document. We are flagging this up right at the beginning of a long approval process.
It will however be coming up for review in 2016. We will keep an eye on the process and keep you informed through this website.
NB: deadline for comments to CDC Planning has been extended to Friday 8 December
Planning Application has re-appeared
Households nearest the potential site have started receiving their Neighbourhood Notification letter from CDC today regarding a further application for 76 new homes off Lodge Lane with access via Widmere and Dell Fields.
You can access the papers on the Chiltern District Council Planning portal under application CH/2015/1901/OA. Our local CDC Councillor, John Gladwin, has already called it in to be discussed and determined by CDC Planning Committee.
What can I do? –Don’t leave it to someone else
Chiltern District Council Representations should be made either in writing to the Development Control Manager, Chiltern District Council, King George V Road, Amersham, Bucks, HP6 5AW or by e-mail email@example.com, or on-line. Please be sure to include your postal address and the reference: Application No. CH/2015/1901/OA. Your comments need to bereceived by Tuesday 1 December 2015. Continue reading BREAKING NEWS: 76 new homes→
The deadline for individual petitioning against Additional Provisions (AP4 locally) on the Hybrid Bill in the House of Commons regarding HS2 has now closed ie. Friday 13th November. You’ll recall we sent out an ALERT following our latest news item being posted, on 8th November.
Despite the short time window to petition individually, ie. from latest info update supplied by HS2Ltd on 30 October with individual petitioning closing on 13 November, you can still make your voice heard by Friday 27 November. Here’s the response form to complete: SES3 Consultation Response Form
We thank Mike Johnstone and John Gladwin for bringing this to our attention.
We wish to bring to your attention two opportunities to respond to HS2 public consultations. The first which is a Petition responding to AP4 (see below) closes this week, and there are two ways of making a submission; by the 10th November (Tuesday) of this week via Cheryl Gillan’s office, or direct to the Government by the 13th November.This article explains what it is about and proposes how it may affect Prestwood residents, and what you can do about it below. At the bottom of this article is a Consultation on SES3 and AP4 which closes on the 27th of November.
Now, the deadline for individual petitioning against Additional Provisions (AP4 locally)* on the Hybrid Bill in the House of Commons regarding HS2 is Friday 13th November. If you wish to, an easier route is to get your completed petition to Cheryl Gillan MP’s office in Amersham by mid-day this Tuesday 10 November. Continue reading 13 November Deadline to petition re HS2 changes→