Category Archives: Hot Topic

A topic that is believed to appeal to the residents of Prestwood and may create debate or discussion.

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



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”.



Urgent Action Required by HS2 Petitioners – Friday 21 August Deadline!

Posted on behalf of HS2 Action Alliance

The HS2 Select Committee will be hearing petitions in September and October from petitioners living in the Chilterns, including many in the Chesham & Amersham parliamentary constituency.

If you submitted a HS2 petition to Parliament back in 2014 please note the following:

  • you must contact David Walker of Winckworth Sherwood, by August 21st if you wish to appear before the HS2 Select Committee.
  • if you contact him, he will let you know the date it is proposed for you to appear (if you don’t know this). If this date is not convenient, you can ask him for an alternative date that suits you.
  • if you do not get in touch with him by August 21st you will lose your chance to change dates and you will be required to appear on a date selected by the Select Committee.
  • if you prefer, you can group together with other people who have submitted petitions – for example friends or neighbours who live in your area and who have petitioned. Again you must tell David Walker by August 21st if you wish to do this. Continue reading Urgent Action Required by HS2 Petitioners – Friday 21 August Deadline!


Prestwood Infant School’s petition

Message from Nicola Raher, Headteacher at Prestwood Infant School:

“As many villagers are aware, we have been campaigning for some time to improve the footpaths outside school. We have now set up an e-petition with Bucks County Council which will run for 28 days.

Please take the time to follow the link below and sign the petition. If you can, please also circulate the link to your family, friends and colleagues:

We so desperately require your support to push this campaign forward, and we thank you in advance for taking the time to do so.

Kind regards – Nicola Raher – Headteacher”

Both the Prestwood Village Association and the Prestwood Revitalisation Group have been lobbying to improve safety in Moat Lane outside the Infant School for a while now.  See input under previous items posted on this website.   Preferred Choices for LAF, Prestwood Villagers Speak Loud & Clear and Participation in Setting Local Priorities.



Please “Bag It and Bin It”

Message from Mandy:

Thought you would like to see this email that we have sent to

“The public footpath between Nairdwood Lane (almost opposite Church Path) and Atkins Wood suffers badly from dog poo that has not been picked up by dog owners. 14 instances were noted recently and decrepitating bags of poo have been left at the entrance to Atkins Wood (where there is a notice warning of the fine for such behaviour). It would be a good idea to have a notice about the penalty at the start of the path at Nairdwood Lane and a bin for dog poo bags which could be fixed to the pole of the footpath sign. Please could you arrange this?”

A lot of people, including children walking to school, use the path and it is not only unpleasant but is a serious danger to health. We have made a laminated sign and attached it to the gate at the beginning of the footpath in Nairdwood Lane. Let’s hope we get a result from the Council. – I’ll let you know.”

PVA regularly highlights that not picking up dog poo is punishable with a large fine, even if people think that they are in the country and it doesn’t matter.   See Dog Fouling and Bag It And Bin It!



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.



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



DDPD withdrawn in favour of a Local Plan

Chiltern District Council has now withdrawn its Draft Delivery Development Plan in favour of preparing a new (emerging) Local Plan, following the Planning Inspector’s suspension of the examination in public of it.  Last article of 29 November 2014 refers here.  The new Local Plan will replace the adopted Core Strategy (2011) and adopted Local Plan (1997), The new (emerging) Local Plan will run from 2014 to 2036.

The timetable for the emerging Local Plan is contained in the Council’s adopted pdf icon Local Development Scheme [72kb] (Opens in a new window).

Between 8th January and 5pm on 6th March 2015 the Council is carrying out its Initial (Regulation 18) Consultation on the Local Plan.  All documents and response forms are available to download from the ‘downloads’ box on the right hand side on CDC’s website – see link here.

This Initial Consultation encourages early input in to the Plan from all stakeholders  including members of the community, business sector, Town and Parish Councils, statutory bodies and other bodies to help identify the scope of the new Local Plan and what this plan should seek to address.
Continue reading DDPD withdrawn in favour of a Local Plan



30mph wheelie bin stickers

If you haven’t yet signed up to subscribe to the PVA emailed monthly newsletter, then how about doing so?

speed poster revision 1If you live in the following roads, you can then claim your free 30mph wheelie bin stickers to increase the message that you care about the speed of passing vehicles and this will, hopefully, act as a timely reminder.

30mph stickers, originally kindly funded by Sweet Charity, are available to residents of Clare Road, Clarendon Road, Green Lane, High Street, Honor End Lane (in 30mph limit), Honor Road, Hotley Bottom Lane, Kiln Road, Lodge Lane, Moat Lane, Nairdwood Lane, Perks Lane and Wycombe Road (in 30mph limit),

Interested?  Then sign up to subscribe to our PVA newsletter now – facility in the righthand side bar at the bottom of this page – and contact us letting us know where to deliver the 30mph stickers.



Latest Position on DDPD

The examination in public of the Chiltern Delivery Development Plan Document (Delivery DPD) has been suspended for up to six months (ie.12th May 2015).  Chiltern District Council (CDC) is now in receipt of the Planning Inspector’s letter outlining his reasons for suspension, as below:

pdf icon Letter from the Inspector – Examination of DDPD Suspension (24th November 2014)

CDC will now consider the contents of the letter before issuing a response.

You may well yawn and think “how boring”, but this stalemate situation could potentially have significant implications for Prestwood and Great Missenden. … press articles on what’s happening in other communities across the UK – could this end up being us too?  Additionally, SHLAA sites appear to be real, not simply a paperwork exercise as far as the Government is concerned, so compulsory purchases of land remain a threat.

Continue reading Latest Position on DDPD



76 new homes: UPDATE

16 October 2014

On Tuesday 14 October, a steel gate and fence was erected by the landowner at the entrance to the footpath in Widmere Field.  76newhomes are awaiting confirmation from the Council as to whether planning permission is required.

On the same day, a notice also appeared with regard to seeking an order to delete the footpath from Buckinghamshire County Council maps.  The notice is dated 14/8/2014 and was issued by William Steele of Widmere Field, Prestwood.  The notice has since been removed.


 14 October 2014

The Decision Notice to refuse the planning application for 76 New Homes is now available to view on Chiltern District Council’s website:-

Decision Notice CH/2014/1242/OA

It is anticipated that the Great Missenden Trust will appeal.  If this is the case, they will need to appeal within 6 months of the Notice (13 April 2015).


9 October 2014

At Chiltern District Council’s Planning Committee of 9 October 2014, the Committee agreed to refuse the planning application and confirm the Tree Preservation Order.

It is anticipated that the applicant will appeal the application decision.


1 October 2014

The outline planning application and tree preservation order are first items on the agenda for CDC’s next Planning Committee at 18:30 on 9 October.  The agenda and committee pack (long but worth a read) is now available online:-

The 76 new homes action group is not aware that anyone has volunteered to speak in objection to the application.  Please let them know if you would like to speak by emailing deadline for registration to speak is 17:30 on 6 October.


28 September 2014

The outline planning application CH/2014/1242/OA will be on the agenda for the CDC Planning Committee meeting on Thursday 9 October which starts at 6.30pm.  We understand that the provisional Tree Preservation Order No.8 of 2014 will also be discussed, but as a separate item.  You still have until 30 September to comment on the Tree Preservation Order. Continue reading 76 new homes: UPDATE



DDPD Hearing Dates Announced

Latest on Chiltern District Council’s Delivery Development Plan Document (DDPD)

The dates have now been announced for the Planning Inspectorate hearing sessions when an examination will be held to consider the soundness of the Chiltern District Council’s Delivery Development Plan Document (DDPD).  The Secretary of State has appointed an independent inspector, Mr Patrick Whitehead DipTP, MRTPI, to conduct the examination, to be held from 11th to 14 November 2014.  For full information and updates to the programme as they arise, see the CDC’s website, here. 

For background information, on the PVA website, see 23 August article.  If you also search the website on DDPD, you’ll be able to follow the subject from the beginning.



76 new homes … latest deadlines

By Friday 26th September

If you have lived in the village for 20+ years and are prepared to act as a witness for the application for a Public Right of Way across the land off Lodge Lane, please send an email to   For further information see News item.

By Tuesday 30 September

To oppose or support Tree Preservation Order No. 8 of 2014, please make your representation to Chiltern District Council via letter to:-

Mr Keith Musgrave, Tree and Landscape Officer, Chiltern District Council, King George V House, King George V Road, Amersham, Bucks HP6 5AW

Please remember to include:-
– Your full postal address
– Tree Preservation Order No. 8 of 2014 reference

Further info on how to do this can be found in Hot Topic.

What happens next?

The planning application is due to go before Chiltern District Council’s Planning Committee on 9 October 2014.  Keep an eye on this website to find out when and read more about this on Hot Topic.



Delivery Development Plan Document (DDPD)


On 15th August Chiltern District Council submitted the Delivery Development Plan Document and associated documents to the Secretary of State for Local Government.

The Delivery Development Plan Document

The Delivery Development Plan Document (DPD) for Chiltern District is a planning document, which (once adopted) will replace development management policies (which are used to determine planning applications) and site allocations (such as Housing and Employment sites) in the adopted Local Plan and help deliver strategic policies set out in the adopted Core Strategy. Together the Core Strategy and Delivery DPD will form the ‘Local Plan’ for Chiltern, setting out planning policies, land allocations and proposal sites for the District until 2026. Continue reading Delivery Development Plan Document (DDPD)



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?