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100s of new homes proposed for Prestwood?

houses from the sky

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?



Training for your volunteers


Training Dates for your Diary – February through to May 2016

Funding & Governance Advice Surgery – Amersham11 Feb

Volunteering Advice Surgery – Amersham11 Feb

Minute Taking Workshop for Trustees16 Feb

Smarter Management Committees – How to Run Effective Meetings – 17 Feb

Buckinghamshire Community Funding Fair 2016 – 23 Feb
Continue reading Training for your volunteers



CDC’s Emerging Local Plan


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



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.



Chequers Licence Application

Can’t sleep?  You can always go to the Chequers Pub

Latest Update 6th of Feb: Greene King has stated that there is no intention to hold late night events at the pub, implying that the village should not be concerned about the hours. We were told that the current license expired some time ago. A more community friendly approach might be to limit the hours to say midnight and request a special licence for those few occasions where they may need an extension. 

If this application goes through unopposed then they are free to operate within the license terms below without notice or consultation. 

The opportunity to respond to this application closes on February 9th

Update 18 January 2016:  Some people have reported problems with trying to submit comments on-line to CDC Licensing.  We have been assured that, as an alternative, you may either write in to CDC Licensing, Council Offices, King George V House, King George V Road, Amersham, HP6 5AW – Charlie Robinson is the officer dealing with this case, on 01296 732063, or email  Please remember to quote Appln: 16/00056/LAPRE – Chequers Pub, Prestwood.

If you live close to the Chequers pub you might be interested to learn that they are applying for a license which includes late night music up to 2:30am. The notice is attached to the temporary fence around the pub.


(click on the image to see a b/w version with the text clearly displayed).

It says the following: Continue reading Chequers Licence Application



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



Temporary local radio station to hit the airwaves

For two weeks in February, Chiltern Voice will be broadcasting across the Chiltern District so how about joining in?

Chiltern Voice wants to involve the whole Chilterns community and with that in mind is holding an initial meeting for volunteers on Thursday, 7th January at 8pm at the Chesham United Football Club, The Meadow, Amy Lane, Chesham HP5 1NE.   There is no age limit, skill set, limitation of any kind and your time can be as much or as little as you can offer so no pressure.  Please let others know too, who may not engage with social media.  Chiltern Voice looks forward to seeing you on Thursday!

If for any reason you’re not able to make that meeting then please email as soon as possible and one of their team will be in touch. Continue reading Temporary local radio station to hit the airwaves



Leisure operator launches new Apprenticeship Scheme in Chilterns

GLL, the charitable social enterprise that operates leisure centres on behalf of Chiltern District Council under its Better brand, has launched a new apprenticeship scheme designed to help local people establish careers within the leisure industry.

The Multi Skills Apprenticeship Scheme will see participants gain the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) qualification for Lifeguarding, the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) swim teacher qualification and an Active Leisure diploma, it will also include a 12-month work placement at one of three Better leisure centres within the Chiltern district.

Apprentices will earn £15,928 per annum and benefit from the opportunity to gain free training, valuable experience and key skills while being paid the National Living Wage.

Closing date for applications is 3 January, 2016.  To apply follow the links below: Continue reading Leisure operator launches new Apprenticeship Scheme in Chilterns



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.


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.



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, 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



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


Since HS2 was first hatched and became a Hot Topic, PVA has published 26 articles to keep you updated including 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



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 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



Sport England supports Abbey Gym Club

As a follow-on to our Stop Press: Breaking News – Message from Sue Egan, Chair of Abbey Gym Club:

“I heard today (29 October) that Sport England has raised no objections to Abbey Gym Club’s proposed gymnastics centre at the Sprinters site in Prestwood.  This means that Chiltern District Council (CDC) will now be able to issue planning permission for us to build our centre.  I am delighted and very excited by this news, as are our other trustees and our coaches.

“You may already know that Abbey Gym Club has been operating within Prestwood and Great Missenden since it was formed as part of the Buryfield Sports & Social Club in March 1984, originally named “Buryfield Gym Club”.  It became a separate entity at the end of December 1985, and was renamed “Abbey Gym Club”.  Throughout its history, our Club has provided gymnastics training for local children in a friendly, child-focused setting, from a variety of school halls before moving to Prestwood Junior School in autumn 1989, where it has remained ever since.

“Looking back over the minutes of committee meetings since our Club was formed, there have been several common themes, including: Continue reading Sport England supports Abbey Gym Club



Stop Press: Breaking news……..

Prestwood’s first big step for better infastructure in the village – the Abbey Gym Club

At tonight’s Chiltern District Council Planning Committee meeting, the Council members unanimously voted to grant permission for Abbey Gym Club’s application to build a dedicated gymnastics facility at the Sprinters Leisure Centre site in Honor End Lane, Prestwood.   More to follow shortly…… in the meantime see information on the project.



Halloween – Thames Valley Police and your District Council

18574_Trick_or_treat_poster_C___SB_2015 (1)-page-001Halloween is a night of innocent fun for many youngsters, but for elderly and vulnerable residents, having an unexpected caller can be distressing and frightening.

To help make the 31 October trick or treat celebration enjoyable for everyone, Thames Valley Police is working with Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council’s Joint Community Safety team to encourage residents to display posters in their front windows to indicate whether or not they welcome Halloween callers.

18574_Trick_or_treat_poster_C___SB_2015 (1)-page-002 (1)These are free of charge and available at Chiltern District Council Offices, King George V Road in Amersham. Posters can also be downloaded at  Residents without access to a printer can request a poster by phoning 01494 586535.

Tricks like throwing eggs and other vandalism will be treated as anti-social behaviour and criminal damage and the police will prosecute anyone found breaking the law.  Extra police patrols will take place during the Halloween period.

Continue reading Halloween – Thames Valley Police and your District Council



Future of The Chequers Pub

VDS-043-webPVA’s been informed by Greene King, the owners of the Chequers in Prestwood, that it has retaken possession and plans to spend way in excess of £300,000 on its refurbishment into an upmarket facility.  An A-star operator will then be introduced to run it.  Architects are due to start work early next week and, dependent on any planning permissions which may be necessary, it is hoped to start on the renovations as soon as possible with the aim of re-opening in December at the latest.

In the meantime, the building will not be boarded up but made secure with alarms and CCTV.  It is also planned that a much improved Function Room will be available for hire for weddings, parties and local events.

As Greene King move forward with their plans, PVA will keep you updated – so watch this space – many of the things that villagers have wished for may well come to fruition, so let’s hope that, at the heart of the village, the Chequers will once again be a true village asset.

If you’d like to leave your comments via the facility below, then please do so and we’ll pass them on to Greene King.



Latest on Dementia Friendly Communities

Over the last few months PVA’s brought you news of the developing Dementia Friendly Community within our Parish and, following the last meeting, Great Missenden Local Dementia Alliance minutes – 23.7.15, a more definite framework has been put in place.

Useful information can be found at:

Behind Closed Doors – Dementia-Friendly Communities


Dementia-Friendly Toolkit

Healthy Minds CBT for carers with dementia


Members of our local Dementia Alliance – Alliance Members.

The next meeting of the Alliance will be 24th September – Agenda 24.9.15 (1) If you are unable to make the full two hours, please still come along for as long as you can as it would be great to see you.  Please confirm attendance by replying to this e-mail or calling 01296 387821.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

Gemma Workman, Dementia-Friendly Community Manager and Alliance Chair, Buckinghamshire County Council



Litter pick weekend – 26 & 27 September

Wombling message from Jeanette:

“Do you hate the sight of litter in our village?  Every few months I have been organising litter pick weekends – you may have seen my posters around the village or read about the ‘Wombling Weekends’ on this website.  I’m hoping to encourage more volunteers, especially our younger generation, to join the next session.

“Tools, refuse sacks and hi-viz tops are provided and these can be collected from 18 Orchard Lane between 10am and 2pm on Sat/Sun 26 & 27 September.  All I’m asking is for you, your friends and family, to join in at any time during the weekend and collect a sack or two of litter – the choice of location is yours.  Full sacks are then deposited in the Scout Hut Car Park, off Nairdwood Lane, for collection by Chiltern District Council.

“My theory is that less rubbish seen on the ground will make those people who discard litter think twice about fouling our lovely village.  My contact details are 866460, email: or speak to me the next time you see me ‘wombling’ in our village.  Thank you – Jeanette”.



Sunday trading hours for larger shops

Your views needed by 16 September please

Your local Chiltern District Councillors, Heather Wallace, John Gladwin and Robert Jones, wish to hear your views on extended Sunday trading hours for larger shops as they need to ensure there is “balance between the interests of businesses and of local residents”.

“The Government has launched a consultation aimed at giving local areas the freedom to let large shops stay open for longer on Sundays.

“The consultation, which is open until 16 September, will consider two proposals on devolving powers on Sunday trading laws to local authorities in England and Wales more generally.  ‘District councils are looking forward to having the power to decide Sunday opening hours as it ‘fits in with the local and accountable decision-making that district councils already provide on licensing and planning.’

“Firstly, however, they wish to know the views of residents in order to help make the right decision locally.  Please leave your comments below.  Thank you from Cllrs John Gladwin, Robert Jones and Heather Wallace.”