Prestwood Village Association is piloting a new page to show the approximate locations of planning applications in Prestwood as shown on the Chiltern District Council (CDC) website. We are doing this to make it easier for you to see what is happening in Prestwood.
The new page is under the News drop-down menu or via this link.
We are NOT accepting comments on planning applications on the PVA site but if you have any comments on the usefulness or otherwise of this new page, we would be pleased to hear from you.
We are delighted to let the local community know that the application to create a childrens day nursery at the Kings Head in Prestwood was finally approved by the planning committee at the council meeting on 20th July.
We would like to say a huge thank you for all the support that the application has received. We believe the nursery will have a golden future.
Hearing held on 26 April 2017
Site visit made on 27 April 2017 by Graham Dudley BA (Hons) Arch Dip Cons AA RIBA FRICS an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
You may have noticed on the PVA Facebook Group yesterday it was reported that trees were being felled in the woodland at the end of Widmere Field – known locally as the “potential 76 new homes site”.
However, John Gladwin, our local CDC Councillor, has kindly confirmed that Keith Musgrave, CDC’s Tree & Landscape officer, visited the site today and says “…. the work is taking place within the woodland of Lawrence Grove rather than the proposed development site of Widmere Field that is now protected by a Tree Preservation Order.”
“I was told that the work is being supervised by a reputable forestry company and that it has been approved by the Forestry Commission through a Felling Licence. It is a thinning operation within the younger woodland removing mainly birch that will be used for charcoal production. The work is expected to finish today.”
So, panic not … and thanks to Helen for her initial alert and also Caroline, Jake and John for following this up.
Message from Mike Johnstone, HS2 Lead, Great Missenden Parish Councillor
Following Royal Assent, the local HS2 Engagement team have arranged two ‘drop-in’ information events with emphasis on property compensation schemes for local residents and to enable you to find out more about HS2 in your area.
The events are planned for:
– Wednesday 29th March 2.00 -7.00 pm at Ballinger Village Hall
– Friday 31st March 1.30 – 8:00 pm at Wendover Memorial Hall
Including Facebook likes and comments and varied brief messages via the PVA website, 143 were positive, 12 undecided and 22 against the scheme.
Many encouraging comments came in – “a real need for some TLC to improve the village centre – in particular, the area between the Chequers Tree and Village Hall which is crying out for an up-to-date quality image to give definition to what is the heart of the village”. Continue reading Village Centre Revitalisation Project→
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→
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.
Yes, and this one does affect the whole of this area for years to come. So it should involve us all now.
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.
BT have notified Chiltern District Council that, within its current programme of public payphone removals, it is intending to take away the phone box in Honor Road near the junction with Gryms Dyke. Only one call has been made from it over the last year.
There is a notice to this effect on the call box – if you have any comments to make about this please send them by Friday 9th December to Mike Shires, Area Planning Officer – West Team, Chiltern District Council, King George V House, King George V Road, Amersham HP6 5AW 01494 732044: 01494 586508 email: email@example.com www.chiltern.gov.uk/planning
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.”
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]
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.
(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.”
Some 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.
A reminder from Natalie Judson, Community Links Officer, Bucks County Council:
“Would you be able to spare a few minutes so your voice can be heard in your local area surrounding local area priorities ? Your views will play a part in how funding and resources towards the issues agreed are then carried out. We are refreshing priorities and it would be good to get as many views as possible, especially from local residents/professionals who run OR know a community group:https://www.research.net/r/MissendensRefresh2016
Current top 3 priorities are:
Community Transport The survey closes on the 26th September.
After rallying support from 26 witnesses, Mandy Kentish’s application for a public footpath for an area of land off Lodge Lane was approved at Buckinghamshire County Council’s Rights of Way Committee on 12 July 2016.
The footpath extends from Widmere Field through Lawrence Grove to the junction of public footpath number 48. It includes the land that was recently subject to two failed planning applications for 76 new homes by The Great Missenden Trust. Witnesses confirmed use of the route from 1950 to 2014.