Changes in planning rules force councillors to meet with developers

Changes in planning rules force councillors to meet with developers

Changes in planning rules force councillors to meet with developers

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

A TOWN council has reluctantly agreed to meet with developers who want to build 210 homes in a village.

Gladman Developments currently has a planning application in with Wycombe District Council to create 210 dwellings in Mill Lane, Monks Risborough.

The target determination date was yesterday.

It has caused controversy in the village as residents worry about what impact it will have on the community and infrastructure.

At Tuesday night's Princes Risborough Town Council meeting councillors discussed arranging a meeting with Gladman Developments.

Cllr Gary Hall said: "The planning rules in the last six months have changed significantly.

"A year ago we wouldn't even be having this conversation but things have changed so quickly and so dramatically I think we would be incredibly foolish not to meet them and hear what they are going to say and put our own views across.

"It is not the ideal thing and is not what we really want but this is not the ideal world any more. Things have changed and we are not in control any more."

Bill Bendyshe-Brown said: "The National Planning Policy Framework has changed in the last six months. The housing land supply is the determining factor.

"With the current way WDC land supply is looking we may not have that in abundance at the moment. I think as a town council we need to make the best we possibly can out of Gladman."

It was agreed to arrange a meeting.

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2:33pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Whiteleaf says...

The residents of Princes Risborough must accept that a substantial number of new homes are going to be built in the area. There is no getting away with it. WDC have to allow new development. It is better to engage with the developers and agree to sympathetic building rather than attempt to fight what is a losing battle. Change is coming.
The residents of Princes Risborough must accept that a substantial number of new homes are going to be built in the area. There is no getting away with it. WDC have to allow new development. It is better to engage with the developers and agree to sympathetic building rather than attempt to fight what is a losing battle. Change is coming. Whiteleaf
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3:18pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Mrs Hoover says...

Whiteleaf wrote:
The residents of Princes Risborough must accept that a substantial number of new homes are going to be built in the area. There is no getting away with it. WDC have to allow new development. It is better to engage with the developers and agree to sympathetic building rather than attempt to fight what is a losing battle. Change is coming.
However the field on which Gladman want to build on floods - each and every single winter.

If they build on this field what exactly is going to be the impact to the residents of Kingsmead and Crowbrook Road, who have already been dealing with flooded gardens and in some cases homes? Not to mention any flooding to these new properties. David Cameron said during the winter floods that they would stop building on known flood plains - so why are they contemplating this!

Most residents accept that new homes will need to be built in the town, however it is a question of where will cause the least environmental impact.
[quote][p][bold]Whiteleaf[/bold] wrote: The residents of Princes Risborough must accept that a substantial number of new homes are going to be built in the area. There is no getting away with it. WDC have to allow new development. It is better to engage with the developers and agree to sympathetic building rather than attempt to fight what is a losing battle. Change is coming.[/p][/quote]However the field on which Gladman want to build on floods - each and every single winter. If they build on this field what exactly is going to be the impact to the residents of Kingsmead and Crowbrook Road, who have already been dealing with flooded gardens and in some cases homes? Not to mention any flooding to these new properties. David Cameron said during the winter floods that they would stop building on known flood plains - so why are they contemplating this! Most residents accept that new homes will need to be built in the town, however it is a question of where will cause the least environmental impact. Mrs Hoover
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