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.
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.
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.
“Dear All, You may not be aware of the latest proposals made by HS2 Ltd with regard to Great Missenden which will also greatly impact on the residents of Prestwood who pass through en route to work, local schools, hospitals etc.
“HS2 is proposing to push ahead with its plans for the current Haul Road site off the Link Road roundabout at Great Missenden, [see previous news item last November to see the effects that this is expected to have on Prestwood] whilst suggesting “mitigation” which would include widening the Link Road from two to three lanes, with the accompanying loss of the 20 short-term car parking spaces on the Link Road adjacent to Buryfield. So HS2’s “solution” for Great Missenden is more tarmac and less parking.
Please take the opportunity to input to the public consultation, due to finish on Monday 11 July .
With the kind permission of JNP, there will be a display of the designs and consultation forms available from Monday 4th to Monday 11th July at their Prestwood office.
The comments and issues raised will be considered and addressed to create a project that has the support of the maximum number of people, and, in due course, help towards the long-term process of fund-raising.
No need for anyone in Prestwood to be excluded from expressing a view – please participate now.
Information about the proposal for the revitalisation of the village centre and its entry points has reached every household in Prestwood via the Front Page and Page 6 of issue 44 of The Source for HP16. Now please check out p.2 of issue 45 due through your letter-box this weekend. You can already see it on-line at http://www.hp16.org.uk/resources/Source+issue+45+web.pdf
CDC propose to repeat these as part of the next public consultation on Preferred Options, along with holding a number of exhibitions across the two districts and want to give you advance notice of key dates. This will be limited to development options in the Green Belt that the councils consider should be taken forward in the Local Plan in order to help meet development needs. Consultation responses will help inform decisions on a draft Local Plan (expected for consultation in March/April 2017).
The details for the Preferred Options Consultation will be determined by the Councils joint Cabinets on 12th October 2016 (a Joint Committee meeting) and as such the following details are subject to confirmation.
The House of Lords Select Committee has set out its hearing programme from 7 – 9 June; all are Locus Standi challenges.
Eight MPs with constituencies directly and specially affected by the proposed route for Phase 1 of HS2 have joined together to write to the House of Lords regarding the latest petitioning process in that House. The letter is attached.
If you would like to be kept up to date will all the latest information on HS2 matters please contact Andrea Polden email email@example.com who will add you to her mailing list. Andrea is a volunteer who shares daily information on HS2 matters.
Prestwood Revitalisation Group (GMPRG) is seeking local residents’ views on proposals to create a more vibrant village centre.
By following this link you can take a look at a short video, produced and edited by local company Five on a Bike, which gives a brief introduction on how the village centre could look and you can give your feedback via the online consultation form.
For those that would like to know more, there is also a film of the presentation given by Ben Hamilton-Baillie of Hamilton-Baillie Associates to the village on 22 March, and an accompanying reportPrestwood Report 02b small Final which explains the approach and the original brief, where you can find out how and why this project has come about.
Sketch proposal for a “recognisable village centre with its own identity which will help lower speeds, significantly improve pedestrian links and the environment for local shops and businesses”:
The following applies to the public car park opposite Prestwood Motors on the High Street and was received from John Gladwin, our local CDC Councillor.
Prestwood Car Park
Recently Chiltern District Council was approached to see whether it would be prepared to sell the rear part of the Car Park off Prestwood High Street to facilitate the building of 4 affordable Housing units. This was initially considered an attractive proposition given the shortage of affordable housing in the District.
However on further consideration, taking into account the Recycling Centre and the varied utilisation of the Car Park, the proposal has been passed to CDC’s Affordable Housing Group for further consideration. Before any decision is made about this, the community will be consulted.
As previously reported by PVA, Prestwood has been identified as a potential candidate for urban extension to meet part of the housing needs in the Chiltern District Council 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;- Previous News item – 100s of new homes proposed for Prestwood?