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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, 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



Pump hunt for sewage station owners

Thames Water to take on responsibility of 4,000 sewage pumping stations from property owners and managers

Thames Water is appealing to customers to help identify privately owned sewage pumping stations.  The utility, which serves 15 million customers across London and the Thames Valley, will take responsibility for around 4,000 pumping in October 2016, but needs to track down 1,800 currently off its radar.

New legislation means sewage pumping stations which power wastewater away from properties and out into the public sewer pipe network, currently owned and maintained by customers, will become legally owned and operated by the local water company. The pumping stations are found in all shapes and sizes, and can be in places where there are a number of properties needing to connect to the public sewer network. Customers will know they have one as they’ll be paying to maintain and power them.  Continue reading Pump hunt for sewage station owners



A chance to meet your Parish Councillors

The PVA’s delighted to note that our recently appointed parish councillors have instigated a “drop in” session, starting on Saturday 31st October, between 11.00am and noon, to enable you to discuss any concerns you may have as a Prestwood or Heath End resident for which the GMPC has responsibility.  The ‘surgeries’ will continue on the last Saturday of each month until February 2016, at the Great Missenden Library.

This provides a great opportunity to meet and make yourself known to your Parish Councillors who are all keen to meet the parishioners that they represent.  Prestwood & Heath End Parish Councillors are all listed in the PVA Community Directory. 

The PVA hopes that this initiative will be a great success and that it becomes a regular monthly event continuing on next year with some of the  ‘surgeries’ being held in Prestwood?

The Parish Council website.



The future of our local library

Co-production – Divest – Share – or buy?

Today, faced with the latest stringent and higher than anticipated cuts in funding, Bucks CC needs to reduce its spending further. One of the knock-on effects of this has been to force County Hall to look at alternative ways of providing the whole library service.  Mike Bennett, Chairman of the Great Missenden Library Liaison Group, would like to hear your views on how our local library should move forward – please leave your comments below this news item, composed by Mike, so that he can see your views, providing scope for open debate and, hopefully, proposals for future decision-making.   Deadline for comment on this website is 25th September so that Mike can feedback to Bucks CC by their end September-deadline.   Continue reading The future of our local library



HS2 Select Committee of MPs visit to our area


To update you following PVA’s last news item on HS2.  The HS2 Select Committee of MPs’ visit to Cheryl Gillan’s patch – our local MP’s constituency including Great Missenden – is coming next Monday 22nd June.  The Select Committee and entourage will be mini-bused around according to the schedule 22 06 15_Cttee_visit_Amersham .  All Prestwood villagers are welcome and encouraged along the route but it’s thought that easiest parking will be at Annie Baileys on Frith Hill or Weights & Measures Gym, South Heath.  Another suggestion is to gather along the Link Road in Great Missenden.  If you wish to don your walking boots then an alternative is to walk to Mantles Wood etc from Hyde Heath Village Gate alongside the Select Committee. As you’ll no doubt be aware, the thinking now is to press for a fully bored tunnel throughout our local Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.



Prestwood Area Community First Responders


to all who contributed to Prestwood Area Community First Responders new vehicle

Sainsburys, Great Missenden Parish Council, The Source, Afternoon Women’s Institute Prestwood, Lacey Green Parish Council, Great & Little Hampden Parish Council, Speen Shop Charities Fund, Prestwood Open Doors, Kings Church Prestwood, The Gathering Singers, Bucks County Council, Prestwood Methodist Church Ladies Monday Group, Sweet Charity, Prestwood Area Community Transport.

Also a host of other individuals and families from Prestwood and surrounding villages who have contributed in their own way.


See CFR Car Supporters PVA poster

So after less than a year’s fundraising our new Fiat Panda Cross 4X4 is here! Continue reading Prestwood Area Community First Responders



HS2 – It’s time to think again

Message from HS2 Action Alliance:

“It’s important that the community pulls together and gives as much help as possible on the day of the site visit which is Wednesday 20th May – we have to give it our best shot and we need your help.”

Tunnel Through The Chilterns

“We are writing to let you know about the most important phase of the campaign for a tunnel through the Chilterns.

You are probably aware that current plans would see HS2 emerge from a tunnel in Mantles Wood near Little Missenden and cut through open country past Hyde Heath, Hyde End, South Heath and the Lee before going on a viaduct past Dunsmore and then skirting past Wendover.

The environmental impact of constructing this current route and HS2 operating the line would be dramatic and highly damaging to the local area. Plans include a large spoil dump in land between South Heath and the Lee, as well as up to 7 years with thousands of lorry movements and a number of semi-permanent work camps, not to mention road closures and diversions.  Once constructed HS2 trains would be a highly visible and noisy presence across the area.

But there is a better way – local groups have come up with tunnel proposals which would dramatically reduce the environmental impact of HS2 on the area.  Continue reading HS2 – It’s time to think again



Latest on emerging Local Plan public consultation

Closing date for responses to be received by Chiltern District Council is 5pm on Friday 6th March 2015

PVA was represented at a “limited-attendance-due-to-space” meeting hosted by GMPC’s Planning Committee at the parish office last night (12th February).  Here’s a brief update to encourage you to input to Chiltern District Council’s first public consultation on their emerging Local Plan which will be in place up to 2036 … so for the next  20 years, by the time it’s in place.

Please note that SHLAA sites have now become HELA’s in latest jargon.

Links to background articles 13 January and 6 February explain the whole picture and, all PVA subscribers will have received an ALERT email on the 6th as well.

It’s particularly important that if you individually, or your organisation or club, inputted to the CDC during the previous public consultation under the DDPD [now abandoned], you adapt and re-state everything again to ensure that your thoughts and/or project ideas are carried forward into the emerging Local Plan wish list.

If you are able to use any of the 6 Questions within the Local Plan Initial Consultation (Regulation 18) document  as a base for your answers then that is the ideal situation from CDC’s point of view.  However, this may well not be possible but it should not deter you from having your say.  CDC have confirmed that a letter or email clearly stating your name, address, contact details and whether you’re replying as an individual or on behalf of a group (name the group), stating your input, will also be taken into account.

The official form is Local_Plan_Reg_18_Response_Form and the closing date for responses to be received by Chiltern District Council is 5pm on Friday 6th March 2015.



Open Letter to GMPC

The following has been passed to Great Missenden Parish Council from Prestwood Village Association. 

Public Consultation for CDC Local Plan (2014 – 2036)

It has come to the attention of Prestwood Village Association (PVA)  that there may be an expectation from Great Missenden Parish Council (GMPC) that PVA represents the views of all residents in Prestwood, including the collective views of some of the established groups that exist within Prestwood.  This is a misperception, and PVA do not wish anyone to consider that we can or will represent the views of the whole village.

For the avoidance of doubt; Prestwood Village Association exists to connect people together and inform the residents of Prestwood. Where a body of opinion exists within the subscribers to Prestwood Village Association we will endeavour to connect people sharing similar opinions together so that they may make their own representations to local government or other agencies on any emerging issue. We actively encourage the participation of residents in public consultations, and where these public consultations have not been adequately advertised (meaning most people are unaware of them), then we will promote them to our subscribers and on the website. Continue reading Open Letter to GMPC



CDC’s emerging Local Plan

Following our 13 January news item, when we confirmed that Chiltern District Council has withdrawn its DDPD in favour of an Emerging Local Plan (2014-2036), this is to remind you that you have until 6th March to input to the initial consultation and the ‘Call for Sites.’

This gives all interested parties the opportunity to submit suggestions for site options they would like the Council to consider for future development within the District.  Suggested sites can be for housing, employment uses, town centre uses, community facilities, sport and recreation, mixed uses or other development uses where there is considered to be a specific or general need or opportunity over the period to 2036.

All details can be found at

The PVA was invited, along with other local groups and councillors, to a presentation explaining more, in Great Missenden on 26th January, by CDC’s Graham Winwright,Temporary Planning Policy Manager and CDC Councillor for Sustainable Development, Graham Harris.  They’re keen to engage locally to identify issues for inclusion in the Local Plan. Continue reading CDC’s emerging Local Plan



76 New Homes – latest info

With the help of an active Prestwood village group who are monitoring this planning application we have created a special page which will contain the latest information, tips, web links and contact details to help residents have their say.  You can locate it here. If anything new pops up we will put it under Hot Topics.

Please note there is a planning deadline of 22nd August for comments on the application.



What is a valid objection to a planning application?

With reference to CH/2014/1242/OA

Following last night’s GMPC Planning meeting at the Parish Office, Mark Cunnane’s kindly supplied us with a copy of some useful notes on this subject:.  He ran out of copies to hand out last night and so asked PVA to put them on-line:

Chiltern District Council can only take into account ‘material planning considerations’ when looking at your comments.  The most common of these (although not an exhaustive list) are shown below: Continue reading What is a valid objection to a planning application?



76 New Homes off Lodge Lane

New Outline Planning Application

In the list of Chiltern District Council’s Planning Applications for the week ending 24th July, there’s an outline planning application for development of the site to provide 76 dwellings on land off Lodge Lane with access via Dell and Widmere Fields.  Application No. CH/2014/1242/OA submitted by The Great Missenden Trust. Follow this link to see where the proposed development will be located. [an interactive Google Map with a satellite view of Prestwood with the approximate area marked.] Continue reading 76 New Homes off Lodge Lane



PVA Chairman’s Report 15 April 2014

It is my pleasure to present the first annual chairman’s report of the Prestwood Village Association (PVA). Thank you all for coming to our AGM and supporting PVA. We are very pleased that many of our local councillors have given up their valuable time too to join us. Our Chiltern District councillors Mark Cunnane and John Gladwin and Great Missenden Parish Council’s chair, Brenda Gover, together with Prestwood & Heath End Councillors Mike Bennett,  Jennifer Sole, Chris Ward, Steve Humphreys, Bob Hougham, Laurel Swayne and Anne Mitchell, our Parish Clerk. We have had apologies from our Bucks County Councillor Alan Stevens, Chiltern District Councillor Andrew Garnett and Mike Lee, GMPC.

Continue reading PVA Chairman’s Report 15 April 2014



PVA’s First year bash


Over 130 people crammed into Prestwood Village Hall to celebrate our first anniversary and AGM last Tuesday.  Villagers, local councillors, businesses and groups all joined in and we hope that all of you enjoyed the evening?

With the AGM over, John Cadman, the Chair, asked everyone to spread the word with the aim of doubling the membership over the next year –  from the current 630 emailed-newsletter subscribers, to 1500 would be great. He also thanked everyone who’d served on the Committee over the past year and welcomed our new committee member, Maggie Coles.  She lived in Prestwood as a child and has now returned to live here once again.

Following praise from all on the creation of this website, Mark Wingrove highlighted how you can now have a say by leaving a comment and expressing your opinion on any of the news items which are posted here almost daily, keeping the website fresh and (hopefully?) interesting, in order to build-up a village dialogue on topics of interest and concern. Continue reading PVA’s First year bash



CDC’s DDPD public consultation

Help on How to Respond

Following the Public Meeting in Prestwood Village Hall on the evening of 4th March, Great Missenden Parish Councillor, Mike Johnstone, has kindly supplied us with his slide Options on How to Respond – Download this PDF document for a copy of his slide which should be self explanatory DDPD How to respond  (If it isn’t let us know and we will elaborate).

The deadline to respond is 5pm on Friday 4th April.  For further information on the whole subject see previous articles at Tonight’s DDPD Prestwood MeetingAll you need to know about SHLAAs, and Very Important DDPD Update The Next Stage.  Also follow the links within these three articles to see the whole story on the CDC website.

As emphasised at the meeting, it’s important that as many people respond as possible.