Residents campaign against development threat in Bourne End

Residents campaign against development threat in Bourne End

Residents campaign against development threat in Bourne End

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A PETITION against plans to develop on an area of greenery between Bourne End and Wooburn Green has been set up by residents.

Slate Meadow was recently earmarked for development on the Wycombe District Council’s Local Plan.

Tom Dredge, who lives next to Slate Meadow, set-up the petition two weeks ago, and hopes they are successful in removing this area from the council’s plan.

He said: “I think there are a number of issues with the proposal of 175 new homes on Slate Meadow. Not least the removal of a floodplain.”

He added: “We have been spared somewhat from the recent flooding and I believe this is in no small part because of the natural protection Slate Meadow provides and the wonderful habitat it provides for wildlife.

“In addition, the added impact on the roads – two people were knocked down on Cores End road in 2013 – and St Paul’s School are of particular worry.”

In the local plan Wycombe District Council said good quality landscape design can be developed and maintained alongside 175 homes.

However, there appears to be growing concern amongst residents that this site is not suitable with over two hundred people signing the petition and around 80 people supporting the group on Facebook.

Mr Dredge said: “The WDC Local Plan came through my letter box around the same time that our local community were experiencing the effect of the weather and flooding.

“I already knew that planning had been rejected previously, partly on the grounds of it being a floodplain so I felt I had to do something.

He added: “Other local residents were also looking into a campaign, so we all started working together.”

Mr Dredge has been joined in his efforts by numerous local residents who have helped by raising awareness, handing out fliers and by researching the history of the meadow.

Nicola Nicholson, who has helped with the campaign, said: “Development plans have been turned down in the past and I believe the reasons why they were knocked back then are still valid now.”

Cllr Neil Marshall, WDC Cabinet Member for Planning and Sustainability, said: “We fully appreciate and understand the strength of local people’s views towards development on Slate Meadow.

"We understand that this proposal will not be popular and we are talking with local people right across the district as part of our Local Plan consultation conversations.

“We know from what is happening in other parts of the country that if we don't have a robust local plan in place, we risk developers picking sites where they want to build instead of our choosing the right places for development in the District.

An exhibition meeting for the Local Plan is to be held at Bourne End Library in Wakeman Road on Monday, March 10 from 9.30am-5.30pm, whilst there will a workshop on the same day from 7-9pm. The workshop is already oversubscribed and will therefore be an additional meeting at the same venue on March 24.

For more information on the petition please visit the Save Slate Meadow petition on: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions We would also like to your views on Slate Meadow. Please email: andrew.colley@london.newsquest.co.uk

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1:13pm Sat 8 Mar 14

maccapaka says...

Interesting that Neil Marshall totally understands local residents
concerns.

On Thursday night at John Hampden school, a meeting I only found out about 24 hrs earlier, he stated, in front of 100-150 people, that he was pleased to see no NIMBY's in tonight. I think it highlights what an air of arrogance he shows. How would he feel if his Marlow Common home was about to be surrounded by unwelcome, and probably unnecessary developments, taking away from current residents the views and tranquility of what they bought into when they purchased their homes. He would not be amused. Then we would find out who was a nimby mate.

I must also say that I think that WDC have not done themselves any favours by keeping these development issues at a very low level, hoping that nobody would notice. We all know now chaps, don't we.

Oh and by the way if you go along to the workshop, don't expect to be able to ask questions in front of the audience because he stated at John Hampden that questions would not be allowed while the WDC people were doing their presentations. This only gives you the opportunity to raise concerns at the workshop, which as you will find out does not allow the majority of the people at the meeting to even be aware of a relevant point that someone will make.

Good luck to everyone involved in this fight to protect our communities, and I hope that common sense can win the day for all areas involved in this major issue.
Interesting that Neil Marshall totally understands local residents concerns. On Thursday night at John Hampden school, a meeting I only found out about 24 hrs earlier, he stated, in front of 100-150 people, that he was pleased to see no NIMBY's in tonight. I think it highlights what an air of arrogance he shows. How would he feel if his Marlow Common home was about to be surrounded by unwelcome, and probably unnecessary developments, taking away from current residents the views and tranquility of what they bought into when they purchased their homes. He would not be amused. Then we would find out who was a nimby mate. I must also say that I think that WDC have not done themselves any favours by keeping these development issues at a very low level, hoping that nobody would notice. We all know now chaps, don't we. Oh and by the way if you go along to the workshop, don't expect to be able to ask questions in front of the audience because he stated at John Hampden that questions would not be allowed while the WDC people were doing their presentations. This only gives you the opportunity to raise concerns at the workshop, which as you will find out does not allow the majority of the people at the meeting to even be aware of a relevant point that someone will make. Good luck to everyone involved in this fight to protect our communities, and I hope that common sense can win the day for all areas involved in this major issue. maccapaka
  • Score: 10

10:50am Sun 9 Mar 14

rdv says...

Here we go again !
Despite plans to build on this meadow being rejected several times in the past it appears that nothing has been learnt.
In comes a new 'head of planning' clearly oblivious to the facts or more worryingly out to make a name for themself. Not only is this a floodrisk area but the meadow supports a good variety of wildlife.
Just in case planning has missed the weather events of the past couple of months (predicted to become more frequent in the future) I suggest they contact an insurance company and ask about premiums for property at risk of flooding.
Many years ago planners allowed developers to build on a flood plain in Marlow. This is now the area around Pound Lane. I doubt many of the owners think this was a great idea.
I wish everyone opposing this ludicrous plan the best of luck, unfortunately with council planners if they try often enough, eventually, they usually get their way.
Here we go again ! Despite plans to build on this meadow being rejected several times in the past it appears that nothing has been learnt. In comes a new 'head of planning' clearly oblivious to the facts or more worryingly out to make a name for themself. Not only is this a floodrisk area but the meadow supports a good variety of wildlife. Just in case planning has missed the weather events of the past couple of months (predicted to become more frequent in the future) I suggest they contact an insurance company and ask about premiums for property at risk of flooding. Many years ago planners allowed developers to build on a flood plain in Marlow. This is now the area around Pound Lane. I doubt many of the owners think this was a great idea. I wish everyone opposing this ludicrous plan the best of luck, unfortunately with council planners if they try often enough, eventually, they usually get their way. rdv
  • Score: 5

6:32pm Sun 9 Mar 14

unhappyhammer says...

Please sign the petition at http://epetitions.di
rect.gov.uk/petition
s/60864
It is vital that these plans do not proceed. Slate Meadow became saturated during the recent weather conditions, weather which we are being told to expect on a regular basis. An internal ditch within the meadow was absoultely full of water at the height of the wet spell. The meadow is used extensively by dog walkers, families, and the local school, St Pauls. The local infrastructure is already at its limits. Cores End Road residents have suffered effuence entering their homes as the underground drainage system has failed and the road was closed on several occasions due to the high level fo surface water. This development will only exacerbate this problem since access is proposed within a feeder road. St Pauls School cannot look after the needs of a such a vastly increased catchement area population. Roads are already failing, with several large potholes appearing in Stratford Drive and the immediate surrounding roads. There have been several very serious accidents on Cores End Road in recent years even with PRESENT traffic levels. Again, this proposal will only make matters worse. The River Wye has been at levels not seen for many years. Whilst the meadow did not flood, it was saturated and indeed lies below the water level, though the bank itself is raised. Both the river and the meadow are home to several specises of flora and fauna. Just how many more reasons do WDC need NOT to consider building upon this site?
Please sign the petition at http://epetitions.di rect.gov.uk/petition s/60864 It is vital that these plans do not proceed. Slate Meadow became saturated during the recent weather conditions, weather which we are being told to expect on a regular basis. An internal ditch within the meadow was absoultely full of water at the height of the wet spell. The meadow is used extensively by dog walkers, families, and the local school, St Pauls. The local infrastructure is already at its limits. Cores End Road residents have suffered effuence entering their homes as the underground drainage system has failed and the road was closed on several occasions due to the high level fo surface water. This development will only exacerbate this problem since access is proposed within a feeder road. St Pauls School cannot look after the needs of a such a vastly increased catchement area population. Roads are already failing, with several large potholes appearing in Stratford Drive and the immediate surrounding roads. There have been several very serious accidents on Cores End Road in recent years even with PRESENT traffic levels. Again, this proposal will only make matters worse. The River Wye has been at levels not seen for many years. Whilst the meadow did not flood, it was saturated and indeed lies below the water level, though the bank itself is raised. Both the river and the meadow are home to several specises of flora and fauna. Just how many more reasons do WDC need NOT to consider building upon this site? unhappyhammer
  • Score: 6

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