Five key issues in Wycombe District Councils Local Plan

Five key issues in the districts Local Plan

Five key issues in the districts Local Plan

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

THE Wycombe District Council Local Plan has been one of the biggest talking points across the area since it was released in January this year.

The plans highlight some of the key developments the council have earmarked for the next 17 years.

Below are the top five most controversial issues raised since plans were released:

Gomm Valley

Residents of the Gomm Valley area have had many concerns since the Local Plan leaflet was dropped on their doorstep.

In the plan, WDC said the site could provide 400 new homes, new jobs and potentially an extended local nature reserve.

However, residents have called for the town’s infrastructure to be improved before any additional housing is built.

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Junction 3a

More than 1500 people have petitioned against plans for a new M40 motorway junction to be built in Flackwell Heath.

Although plans are at an early stage it is believed the junction 3a would be built in Spring Lane.

The plans have received mixed reviews with many residents believing it would destroy the village, while others agree a new junction is needed to alleviate traffic problems in High Wycombe.

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Slate Meadow

A village campaign group has been started since land separating Wooburn Green and Bourne End was earmarked for development.

175 homes could potentially be built on the former greenbelt site, which is partly on the floodplain.

As well as having an online petition with over 1000 signatures the Save Slate Meadow campaign group has also organised a number of community events.

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Princes Risborough

The majority of residents from Risborough do not believe the village needs the huge development which has been proposed.

Plans for the area include a potential development of 2000 to 2500 homes to be built over a decade or more.

One town councillor said the proposal would change the area forever.

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Communication

One problem which was unexpected when WDC sent leaflets around to every house in the district was people complaining they did not receive a copy.

Many have said they have not seen the plans and some have complained about the lack of detail within the leaflets.

However, WDC have said they agreed with the Royal Mail for every house to receive a copy and if further information is required it can be found online.

Results of the Local Plan consultation period are soon to be released.

For more information on the Local Plan please visit www.wycombe.gov.uk

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9:06am Sun 20 Jul 14

rem708 says...

"WDC have said they agreed with the Royal Mail for every house to receive a copy and if further information is required it can be found online. "

Well if you did not get the paper copy then you would not be aware there was more information available online - doh!

A FOI request for the number of leaflets produced and the number of residents might just show an anomaly!

There was nothing on the WDC web site to attract your attention so unless you read EVERY page/section religiously daily then you would not know.
"WDC have said they agreed with the Royal Mail for every house to receive a copy and if further information is required it can be found online. " Well if you did not get the paper copy then you would not be aware there was more information available online - doh! A FOI request for the number of leaflets produced and the number of residents might just show an anomaly! There was nothing on the WDC web site to attract your attention so unless you read EVERY page/section religiously daily then you would not know. rem708
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10:24am Sun 20 Jul 14

gpn01 says...

How many people live in the district? Must be 120,000+. How many responses received to the "consultation"? How many people went to the very few events held around the area? How many people were allowed to speak at the events? So many questions about just how much local citizens have been informed and involved. At the end of the day it looks like the " local" plan will betreated as a mandate to build rather than a mandate to conserve and there'll be yet more shiny trophy projects rather than reusing what we have already.
How many people live in the district? Must be 120,000+. How many responses received to the "consultation"? How many people went to the very few events held around the area? How many people were allowed to speak at the events? So many questions about just how much local citizens have been informed and involved. At the end of the day it looks like the " local" plan will betreated as a mandate to build rather than a mandate to conserve and there'll be yet more shiny trophy projects rather than reusing what we have already. gpn01
  • Score: 4

12:48pm Sun 20 Jul 14

ProtectCountryside says...

We need to protect Gomm Valley. It is such a beautiful area. Junction 3A is a mad idea that will bring traffic through Wycombe Marsh clogging up the London Road even more.
We need to protect Gomm Valley. It is such a beautiful area. Junction 3A is a mad idea that will bring traffic through Wycombe Marsh clogging up the London Road even more. ProtectCountryside
  • Score: 6

7:13pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Wyenot says...

gpn01 wrote:
How many people live in the district? Must be 120,000+. How many responses received to the "consultation"? How many people went to the very few events held around the area? How many people were allowed to speak at the events? So many questions about just how much local citizens have been informed and involved. At the end of the day it looks like the " local" plan will betreated as a mandate to build rather than a mandate to conserve and there'll be yet more shiny trophy projects rather than reusing what we have already.
I went to the council meeting last Tuesday that discussed the questionnaires, consultations etc and less than 1800 people sent back the plans. Where were the rest? Over 2000 attended meetings. The numbers don't add up.
[quote][p][bold]gpn01[/bold] wrote: How many people live in the district? Must be 120,000+. How many responses received to the "consultation"? How many people went to the very few events held around the area? How many people were allowed to speak at the events? So many questions about just how much local citizens have been informed and involved. At the end of the day it looks like the " local" plan will betreated as a mandate to build rather than a mandate to conserve and there'll be yet more shiny trophy projects rather than reusing what we have already.[/p][/quote]I went to the council meeting last Tuesday that discussed the questionnaires, consultations etc and less than 1800 people sent back the plans. Where were the rest? Over 2000 attended meetings. The numbers don't add up. Wyenot
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