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Chiltern Townscape Character Study

 Stakeholder Workshops

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

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Update of scheduling as Local Plan develops

Latest timetable

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.

On 19th December 2016 the Joint Cabinet for Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils agreed to amend the LDS timetable which included agreeing to the principle of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and key dates for the Emerging Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan (2014-2036).

The updated LDS timetables are available below:

Emerging Local Plan Local Development Scheme (LDS) (December 2016) [134kb]

CIL Local Development Scheme (December 2016) [214kb]

Key dates for Emerging Local Plan –  (italics indicate completed stages):

1.  Initial (Regulation 18) Consultation incorporating an ‘Issues and Options’ Consultation [Complete – 19th January to 14th March 2016];

2.  Green Belt Preferred Options Consultation [Complete – 31st October to 12th December 2016];

3. Publication (Draft Plan) (Regulation 19) Consultation [October/November 2017];   THIS WILL BE YOUR FURTHER OPPORTUNITY TO INPUT YOUR COMMENTS.

4. Submission of the Plan to the Secretary of State (Regulation 22) [March 2018];

5. Examination in Public (EiP) (Regulation 24) [June 2018];

6. Adoption (Regulation 26) [November 2018].  Continue reading Update of scheduling as Local Plan develops

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Local Plan Consultation … and Prestwood

Another consultation?

Yes, and this one does affect the whole of  this area for years to come.  So it should involve us all now.

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Click on the map to see it full screen and then return to read more……

 

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.

You can get the big picture here: Local Plan Nov-Dec 2016

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The Kings Head

Community Asset

(Message from Mark Cunnane)

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.”

Comments from the community?

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Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan

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]

Dear Consultee,

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.

Continue reading Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan

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Reduction of Prestwood High Street Car Park?

(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.”

-John Gladwin

co_op-car-park2Some 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.

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Is there a case for a Unitary Authority in Bucks?

Are you aware that Bucks County Council is currently preparing a business case for A Unitary Authority to streamline local government in Buckinghamshire?

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Community Impact Bucks (CIB) wants to make sure that views, comments and concerns from the Voluntary and Community Sector are all taken into account.

There are 2 ways you can do this:

  • And/Or come along to one of the workshops CIB are running to enable you to discuss and share your thoughts

Register here for Aylesbury event:  25 July 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Register here for Wycombe event:  27 July  2:30pm – 5:00pm

View the Buckinghamshire Business First report – Strategic Financial Case for Local Government Reorganisation in Buckinghamshire, produced in 2014.   This will give background information which you may find useful and informative and is the basis for the Bucks County Council Business Case.

For questions, please contact 01844 348820 or email info@communityimpactbucks.org.uk to discuss further.

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Next stage – Chiltern Local Plan up to 2036

Preferred Options Consultation

You may recall that Chiltern (CDC) and South Bucks district councils are undertaking a joint Local Plan 2014-2036 for which an initial public consultation incorporating Issues & Options was carried out earlier this year with many of you contributing to it.   Our local Parish and District Councillors also  held an invited-audience-only meeting in Prestwood Village Hall for local organisations, including PVA.

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.

It is anticipated that the public consultation will be for 6 weeks from 31st October until 5pm on 12th December 2016.  There will be two key events/activities as part of the consultation set out below.  Continue reading Next stage – Chiltern Local Plan up to 2036

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HS2 Latest

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.

Bucks County Council’s petition response document is available here.    It may well take some time to upload as it is 56 pages long.

HS2 Alerts

If you would like to be kept up to date will all the latest information on HS2 matters please contact Andrea Polden  email andreapolden@icloud.com  who will add you to her mailing list. Andrea is a volunteer who shares daily information on HS2 matters.

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Prestwood parking area under review

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.

John Gladwin

District Councillor.

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100s of new houses proposed for Prestwood? Have your say with a little help from PVA…

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?

How do you feel about more houses being built in Prestwood?  Do you have an opinion?  If so, please let Chiltern District Council know by responding to Initial (Regulation 18) Consultation Incorporating Issues and Options in respect of the Emerging Joint Local Plan. Continue reading 100s of new houses proposed for Prestwood? Have your say with a little help from PVA…

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76 New Homes Refused BUT… Is a New Large Housing Estate Being Planned 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:-

http://prestwoodva.org.uk/100s-of-new-homes-proposed-for-prestwood/

http://www.chiltern.gov.uk/planning/localplan2014-2036

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.

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100s of new homes proposed for Prestwood?

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Prestwood has been identified as a potential candidate for urban extension to meet part of the housing needs in the CDC 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.  Refer to this document: “Sustainability Appraisal of the Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan Initial Consultation (Regulation 18) Incorporating Issues and Options” (follow the link to download it) and look on page 91.

This area is approximately 9.75 Hectares in size. More than 4 times the size of 76 New Homes area.

Follow this link to open this in a larger screen.

The Local Plan is currently seeking feedback in terms of a formal public consultation which is underway, and closes on the 14th of March at 5pm.

What would you like us to do?

  • Can PVA encourage people to respond to this consultation?
  • Is it worth a small group of people digging through this mountain of paperwork to locate what is important to Prestwood?

Let us know please by posting a comment at the bottom of this article.

If we get a sufficiently large response we will put something together and send out an alert through the website in the next 10 – 14 days. Continue reading 100s of new homes proposed for Prestwood?

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CDC’s Emerging Local Plan

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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.

To catch up from the beginning see previous articles, 13 January, 12 February 2015,  Emerging Chiltern & South Bucks Local Plan and 14 January 2016.

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

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HS2 concedes more mitigation measures to Bucks

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:

The documents have come from Bucks County Council.

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Further news on the public consultation for a new Local Plan

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.”

Continue reading Further news on the public consultation for a new Local Plan

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Chiltern and South Bucks Planning

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.

Important!

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.

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BREAKING NEWS: 76 new homes

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 to planning@chiltern.gov.uk, or on-line.  Please be sure to include your postal address and the reference: Application No. CH/2015/1901/OA .   Your comments need to be received by Tuesday 1 December 2015.
Continue reading BREAKING NEWS: 76 new homes

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Another opportunity to input to HS2 consultation by 27 November

Deadline to petition re HS2 changes via Parliament gone…BUT you still have an opportunity to respond to this consultation, by 27 November

Background

Since HS2 was first hatched and became a Hot Topic, PVA has published 26 articles to keep you updated including http://prestwoodva.org.uk/petitioning-against-the-hs2-bill/ on 24 April 2014 which was your first opportunity to petition on the subject.

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

How Prestwood may be affected

Now that it has been agreed to extend the tunnel to the west side of South Heath by an extra 2.6km (AP4), a Chiltern Tunnel North Portal Access Road will be constructed off the Gt Missenden Link Road Roundabout on the A413. Continue reading Another opportunity to input to HS2 consultation by 27 November

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13 November Deadline to petition re HS2 changes

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. 

AP4 Petition

Since HS2 was first hatched and became a Hot Topic, PVA has published 26 articles to keep you updated including http://prestwoodva.org.uk/petitioning-against-the-hs2-bill/ on 24 April 2014 which was your first opportunity to petition on the subject.

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

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