Wycombe Heights plans to improve driving range with thousands of lorry loads of soil

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A GOLF club wants to transport thousands of lorry-loads of soil up a Loudwater road as part of plans to enhance its driving range.

Residents are already mobilising against the proposals from Wycombe Heights Golf Centre - fearing it will cause traffic chaos on Rayners Avenue and blight the area during the two-year project.

The first stage of the plans would include up to 50 truck-loads of inert waste soils being carried on to the site per day, as well as the creation of a reservoir to help irrigate the course.

A second stage would involve the remodeling of the driving range. The plans are being considered by Bucks County Council.

Chepping Wycombe Parish Council has objected strongly, saying in its submission to County Hall: "The residents on Rayners Avenue will suffer noise and vibrations and dust if not mitigated by covers.

"Rayners Avenue is narrow, cars park on both sides and the surface is in a very poor condition... Perhaps the remodeling could be achieved without importation of materials by looking at levels on the site."

Chilterns Conservation Board and Wycombe District Council have also lodged objections, saying the scheme would be detrimental to land which is within the Green Belt and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

However, the application documents say: "The Wycombe Heights Golf Centre...like all businesses, must move with the times and ensure that its offer continues to be attractive....

"Whilst vehicular movement through Rayners Avenue will be more frequent during the delivery period for materials, residential receptors in the vicinity of the operational site are considered to be sufficiently distant not to be materially likely to be affected by the scheme.

"The proposed golf course construction works will be phased to minimise the area of disturbance. The progressive nature of the operations will minimise the potential nuisance from dust, odour and noise.

"Waste will be received, checked and recorded in accordance with the waste acceptance procedures and protocols...

"It is asserted that the openness of the Green Belt will be will not be harmed by either the proposed enhancement of the practice driving range or by the formation of the reservoir."

The documents add that the project is aimed at "improving driving range drainage and whole course irrigation and bringing about a more environmentally sustainable regime which in turn will extend availability".

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12:41pm Mon 26 Nov 12

I Love Ivor says...

Thousands of lorry loads? The report details 50 for the first stage and mentions nothing on the second stage. Over excitable journalism maybe!!!!
Thousands of lorry loads? The report details 50 for the first stage and mentions nothing on the second stage. Over excitable journalism maybe!!!! I Love Ivor

12:47pm Mon 26 Nov 12

stir up says...

The interesting thing about this is that when the District Council got rid of this what was then a farm, it took a big fight to stop the land being sold to a developer who wanted to build some 800 or so homes. If you can imagine this could well have meant some 800+ cars.All that
would be using the road to the site day and night if this had gone ahead. This golf has provided a chance for many who cannot get into a local golf club because of costs to at least play and get a handicap.
The interesting thing about this is that when the District Council got rid of this what was then a farm, it took a big fight to stop the land being sold to a developer who wanted to build some 800 or so homes. If you can imagine this could well have meant some 800+ cars.All that would be using the road to the site day and night if this had gone ahead. This golf has provided a chance for many who cannot get into a local golf club because of costs to at least play and get a handicap. stir up

1:52pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Ivor'sbestfriend says...

I Love Ivor wrote:
Thousands of lorry loads? The report details 50 for the first stage and mentions nothing on the second stage. Over excitable journalism maybe!!!!
50 per day.
[quote][p][bold]I Love Ivor[/bold] wrote: Thousands of lorry loads? The report details 50 for the first stage and mentions nothing on the second stage. Over excitable journalism maybe!!!![/p][/quote]50 per day. Ivor'sbestfriend

7:34pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Lividov says...

9 every hour over 8 hour working day doesn't sound a lot.
9 every hour over 8 hour working day doesn't sound a lot. Lividov

6:20pm Tue 27 Nov 12

interested 69 says...

Ivor'sbestfriend wrote:
I Love Ivor wrote:
Thousands of lorry loads? The report details 50 for the first stage and mentions nothing on the second stage. Over excitable journalism maybe!!!!
50 per day.
126,000 tonnes of earth in lorries is about 10,000 lorry loads....that is 30 lorry loads a day for 2 years...or better one lorry every 20 minutes during working hours...the journalist is correct.
[quote][p][bold]Ivor'sbestfriend[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I Love Ivor[/bold] wrote: Thousands of lorry loads? The report details 50 for the first stage and mentions nothing on the second stage. Over excitable journalism maybe!!!![/p][/quote]50 per day.[/p][/quote]126,000 tonnes of earth in lorries is about 10,000 lorry loads....that is 30 lorry loads a day for 2 years...or better one lorry every 20 minutes during working hours...the journalist is correct. interested 69

9:54pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Lennie17 says...

Lividov wrote:
9 every hour over 8 hour working day doesn't sound a lot.
Are you joking? Have you been up rayners ave recently? It is a very busy road that serves a mobile home park, the Robinson road estate as well as all the golf club traffic. Cars park on both sides, mothers with buggies and small kids walk up all day long.. 9 big lorries an hour for 2 years is unthinkable. One big accident(s) waiting to happen on an almost daily basis. What's wrong with the driving range that's there already? Crazy ....
[quote][p][bold]Lividov[/bold] wrote: 9 every hour over 8 hour working day doesn't sound a lot.[/p][/quote]Are you joking? Have you been up rayners ave recently? It is a very busy road that serves a mobile home park, the Robinson road estate as well as all the golf club traffic. Cars park on both sides, mothers with buggies and small kids walk up all day long.. 9 big lorries an hour for 2 years is unthinkable. One big accident(s) waiting to happen on an almost daily basis. What's wrong with the driving range that's there already? Crazy .... Lennie17

6:42pm Fri 30 Nov 12

cowslip says...

Lennie17 wrote:
Lividov wrote:
9 every hour over 8 hour working day doesn't sound a lot.
Are you joking? Have you been up rayners ave recently? It is a very busy road that serves a mobile home park, the Robinson road estate as well as all the golf club traffic. Cars park on both sides, mothers with buggies and small kids walk up all day long.. 9 big lorries an hour for 2 years is unthinkable. One big accident(s) waiting to happen on an almost daily basis. What's wrong with the driving range that's there already? Crazy ....
Nothing wrong with the current one - there is no golfing advantage for having a flat driving range so why do they want to dump 126,000 tons of C & D waste on an AONB which would also cause untold disruption to Rayners Avenue residents and the surrounding area. Is there some financial agenda for providing a dumping ground for this waste? This is completely unneccesary.
[quote][p][bold]Lennie17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lividov[/bold] wrote: 9 every hour over 8 hour working day doesn't sound a lot.[/p][/quote]Are you joking? Have you been up rayners ave recently? It is a very busy road that serves a mobile home park, the Robinson road estate as well as all the golf club traffic. Cars park on both sides, mothers with buggies and small kids walk up all day long.. 9 big lorries an hour for 2 years is unthinkable. One big accident(s) waiting to happen on an almost daily basis. What's wrong with the driving range that's there already? Crazy ....[/p][/quote]Nothing wrong with the current one - there is no golfing advantage for having a flat driving range so why do they want to dump 126,000 tons of C & D waste on an AONB which would also cause untold disruption to Rayners Avenue residents and the surrounding area. Is there some financial agenda for providing a dumping ground for this waste? This is completely unneccesary. cowslip

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