Category Archives: Planning

Anything to do with planning in or around Prestwood

Callaghans to become a restaurant/café/deli?

Bob Hougham (GMPC) has brought to our attention the following planning application for the re use of Callaghans shop site:

See CDC planning application CH/2017/1036/PNA3 for further information. When you reach the CDC planning site you need to search on the planning application reference.

If you wish to comment you’ll need to do so either by letter, email or on-line to Chiltern District Council put in details of address etc by the 21 June 2017.



More information on HS2

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

 HS2 Drop in event 29th March is the HS2 leaflet providing more details.

There will be other events arranged by the local councils and by HS2 Ltd to keep you informed of developments.

Cllr Mike Johnstone – HS2 Lead, GMPC



Village Centre Revitalisation Project

Feedback from Prestwood Revite Group

Many thanks to the 177 who responded with their views during the consultation on the revitalisation of the village centre – details in the Source, Issue 44 May/June 2016  and at Prestwood Revitalisation Group.

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



Provisional HS2 Construction Works Timetable

Mike Johnstone, Great Missenden Parish Council’s HS2 Lead officer, has kindly supplied the following:

Subject to change: the granting of Royal Assent and detailed design plans  – Provisional HS2 Construction Works Timetable

2017 End of January – Handover Hybrid Bill Directorate to the Construction Directorate;  finish ground investigation works; tender for main contract

Early February – Royal Assent tbc;

End of February – enabling works civil contractor (Fusion JV) to define the scope of prelimary works

March onwards – enabling works contractor to progress work on haul road, highways and open the vent shafts with further detail becoming available with their work plans

End June –  appoint main works civil contractors C1 and C2 (division is the north portal of the Chiltern tunnel)

End July – main contractors on-board

To July 2018  – Stage 1 – main contractor to design the scheme given cost and limits of deviation; continue enabling works

To November 2018 – Stage 2 – cost and sign off the scheme

2019  – End of April – all highways and enabling work should be completed

May/Spring – dig out of the portal

2025  12 months trial running of trains



Chiltern Townscape Character Study

 Stakeholder Workshops

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



Update of scheduling as Local Plan develops

Latest timetable

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.

On 19th December 2016 the Joint Cabinet for Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils agreed to amend the LDS timetable which included agreeing to the principle of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and key dates for the Emerging Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan (2014-2036).

The updated LDS timetables are available below:

Emerging Local Plan Local Development Scheme (LDS) (December 2016) [134kb]

CIL Local Development Scheme (December 2016) [214kb]

Key dates for Emerging Local Plan –  (italics indicate completed stages):

1.  Initial (Regulation 18) Consultation incorporating an ‘Issues and Options’ Consultation [Complete – 19th January to 14th March 2016];

2.  Green Belt Preferred Options Consultation [Complete – 31st October to 12th December 2016];

3. Publication (Draft Plan) (Regulation 19) Consultation [October/November 2017];   THIS WILL BE YOUR FURTHER OPPORTUNITY TO INPUT YOUR COMMENTS.

4. Submission of the Plan to the Secretary of State (Regulation 22) [March 2018];

5. Examination in Public (EiP) (Regulation 24) [June 2018];

6. Adoption (Regulation 26) [November 2018].  Continue reading Update of scheduling as Local Plan develops



Local Plan Consultation … and Prestwood

Another consultation?

Yes, and this one does affect the whole of  this area for years to come.  So it should involve us all now.

Click on the map to see it full screen and then return to read more……


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.

You can get the big picture here: Local Plan Nov-Dec 2016



The Kings Head

Community Asset

(Message from Mark Cunnane)

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.”

Comments from the community?



Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan

PVA: The following has been received which indicates that the next stage of the Local Plan development is about to start.


Dear Consultee,

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.

Continue reading Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan



Reduction of Prestwood High Street Car Park?

(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.”

-John Gladwin

co_op-car-park2Some 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.



Public Footpath Approved for Land Off Lodge Lane

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.

Claimed Public Footpath from Widmere Field to Public Footpath No. 48, Parish of Great Missenden

The footpath will appear on the Definitive Map and Statement as a Public Footpath providing no significant objections are received within a six week time period.

Mandy wishes to thank everyone who supported the application.



Is there a case for a Unitary Authority in Bucks?

Are you aware that Bucks County Council is currently preparing a business case for A Unitary Authority to streamline local government in Buckinghamshire?

CIB l ogo

Community Impact Bucks (CIB) wants to make sure that views, comments and concerns from the Voluntary and Community Sector are all taken into account.

There are 2 ways you can do this:

  • And/Or come along to one of the workshops CIB are running to enable you to discuss and share your thoughts

Register here for Aylesbury event:  25 July 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Register here for Wycombe event:  27 July  2:30pm – 5:00pm

View the Buckinghamshire Business First report – Strategic Financial Case for Local Government Reorganisation in Buckinghamshire, produced in 2014.   This will give background information which you may find useful and informative and is the basis for the Bucks County Council Business Case.

For questions, please contact 01844 348820 or email to discuss further.



HS2 – Latest proposal will affect you – please act now

Crucial that you lobby our MP, Cheryl Gillan,  Martin Tett, Bucks County Council and HS2 Ltd

(direct contact details below)

Message from John Skrimshire, Chair of Great Missenden Parish Revitalisation Group

“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.

“Despite agreeing to an assurance with Bucks County Council in January to develop an alternative Haul Road site, [see PVA’s news item in January 2016] the promoter has failed to provide the full life-cycle costs promised within 28 days of the assurance agreement.   Without this baseline information, it is extremely difficult for Bucks County Council to develop an alternative, bearing in mind that the agreement also requires them to foot any additional bill. Continue reading HS2 – Latest proposal will affect you – please act now



Consultation reminder – Prestwood revitalisation proposal

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.

Watch the video, read all about the proposal at  and then please complete the on-line questionnaire/feedback form.

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

Continue reading Consultation reminder – Prestwood revitalisation proposal



Next stage – Chiltern Local Plan up to 2036

Preferred Options Consultation

You may recall that Chiltern (CDC) and South Bucks district councils are undertaking a joint Local Plan 2014-2036 for which an initial public consultation incorporating Issues & Options was carried out earlier this year with many of you contributing to it.   Our local Parish and District Councillors also  held an invited-audience-only meeting in Prestwood Village Hall for local organisations, including PVA.

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.

It is anticipated that the public consultation will be for 6 weeks from 31st October until 5pm on 12th December 2016.  There will be two key events/activities as part of the consultation set out below.  Continue reading Next stage – Chiltern Local Plan up to 2036



HS2 Latest

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.

Bucks County Council’s petition response document is available here.    It may well take some time to upload as it is 56 pages long.

HS2 Alerts

If you would like to be kept up to date will all the latest information on HS2 matters please contact Andrea Polden  email  who will add you to her mailing list. Andrea is a volunteer who shares daily information on HS2 matters.



Prestwood Village Centre – Proposals for improvement

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 report Prestwood 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”:

Chequers after

Continue reading Prestwood Village Centre – Proposals for improvement



Prestwood parking area under review

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.

John Gladwin

District Councillor.



100s of new houses proposed for Prestwood? Have your say with a little help from PVA…

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?

How do you feel about more houses being built in Prestwood?  Do you have an opinion?  If so, please let Chiltern District Council know by responding to Initial (Regulation 18) Consultation Incorporating Issues and Options in respect of the Emerging Joint Local Plan. Continue reading 100s of new houses proposed for Prestwood? Have your say with a little help from PVA…