Category Archives: Hot Topic

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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



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”.



BCC needs your views on Public Transport

URGENT – Have your say on transport in Buckinghamshire

As Bucks County Council (BCC) starts to develop the new Local Transport Plan for Buckinghamshire, they would like to hear your views on transport related matters. What is important to you? To share your views BCC have developed an app which allows you to have your say in a quick and easy way.

The app will be available from today until 6 September 2015 and can be accessed via this link – Within the app you are provided with 100 points to allocate to issues that are most important to you.

Your views will then be considered when developing the new transport plan, which will set out BCC’s approach to transport across Buckinghamshire.

Buckinghamshire is a growing county, with more people and businesses. This means more people will be moving around the county. Combined with falling central government funding, this means the plan will have to make some difficult choices. BCC needs to understand your priorities, so the plan makes choices that work for you.

For more information please visit

Prestwood Village Association has several archived news items on local bus transport links and ideas for improvements, together with comments from some villagers.  See Prestwood Bus Service and More on Prestwood Bus Service.  Also an item on school bus services.

Now is your chance to let Bucks County Council know what you’d like to see as public transport for Prestwood – so do get your input to BCC by the deadline of 6 September.



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!


HS2 Committee Visit – Monday 10th August

Posted on behalf of HS2 Action Alliance

Three of the Members of Parliament who sit on the Committee looking at the HS2 Hybrid Bill will be visiting the Chilterns this Monday.

The MPs who are attending were newly appointed to the HS2 Select Committee in June 2015,  David Causby, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown and Mark Hendrick and they have not yet had a chance to see the impact that HS2 will have on the Chilterns.

If you are able, we would very much encourage you to come out and meet with the MPs and let them know your concerns.

You do not need to be an expert on HS2-simply ensure that the MPs who are making decisions about how the line will be routed understand your views.

Please encourage your friends, neighbours and family to come out-numbers really matter.

The timing of their visit is as follows:-  Continue reading HS2 Committee Visit – Monday 10th August



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



Can you help?

Update on 9th January 2015

Twenty-five witness statements from people who have lived in Prestwood for over 20 years were provided to back an application to BCC via their Footpaths Officer and this is now progressing through the normal process.  For further information see news item below which was first published here on 27 August 2014.

Have you lived in Prestwood for more than 20 years?

A resident is planning to apply for a Public Right of Way across the land off Lodge Lane.  It appears that she has a case as the land has been used by the public for an uninterrupted period of 20 years.

To support the application, she needs witnesses who can/are prepared to verify the above.  If you can help, please send an email to no later than Friday 26 September.
Continue reading Can you help?



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.



Potholes, potholes, potholes

A message from Martin Lewis’ Money Saving Expert:

It’s thought potholes cause up to £700m-worth of damage to vehicles across the UK each year. Whenever we ask what you’d like us to campaign on, huge swathes say “potholes, potholes, potholes”. So, in time for winter road issues, we’ve launched our new 10,000-word (you don’t need to read it all) Pothole compensation guide.   Here are a few nuggets: Continue reading Potholes, potholes, potholes