County council pledges to fight garden city plan after Gerrards Cross rumours

Bucks Free Press: Cllr Martin Tett Cllr Martin Tett

A RUMOURED garden city scheme of 100,000 new dwellings near Gerrards Cross would cause irreparable damage to the area, said the leader of Buckinghamshire County Council this week.

Councillor Martin Tett confirmed the council would strongly oppose any such plan, which he said would contravene Green Belt policy.

Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire have reportedly been earmarked as potential sites for development of two new ‘garden cities’ to combat the housing shortage.

The national press this week identified Gerrards Cross as being mentioned in an internal report as the location of a possible site for development.

Government Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has denied that his department was aware of any such plans in that location but did not rule out the possibility that a civil servant from another department might have mentioned Gerrards Cross in a report.

Reacting to the press rumours, Cllr Tett said: "Whilst there's no evidence that the Government are actually planning to push for a major new ‘City’ development near Gerrards Cross, the rumours are nevertheless troubling.

"I'd like to state the very clear position of Buckinghamshire County Council on this. We have at no stage had any discussions with the Government or any other agency about the possibility of such a development in the Gerrards Cross area or any other part of Buckinghamshire.

“Gerrards Cross is in the Green Belt and County Council policy clearly opposes inappropriate development in the Green Belt. We would therefore strongly resist any attempt to impose such a scheme, which would irreparably damage the character of the village and its surroundings.

"We would urge the Government to clearly dispel all such rumours of New Cities being imposed on Buckinghamshire."

The Deputy Leader of South Bucks District Council, Councillor Roger Reed, has also reacted to the press rumours.

He said: "At no time have we been approached or consulted by the Government about this.  It is a ridiculous suggestion which does not sit comfortably with our own policy.

"I want to make it clear that we are already delivering housing in line with our robust Core Strategy which was adopted in 2011.

"Gerrards Cross is surrounded by Green Belt and we would clearly expect the Government to support its own policy which attaches great importance to the Green Belt.”

Mr Pickles has also said that garden city schemes would not be forced on unwilling communities.

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11:34am Tue 21 Jan 14

motco says...

Ah, but think of all the lovely Council Tax income from thousands of new houses!
Ah, but think of all the lovely Council Tax income from thousands of new houses! motco

12:09pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Darren Hayday says...

I guess that "Dave Cam" and his chums are thinking 'well we can get away with HS2, howz about a few thousand new homes as well, while we're at it?'
I guess that "Dave Cam" and his chums are thinking 'well we can get away with HS2, howz about a few thousand new homes as well, while we're at it?' Darren Hayday

2:10pm Tue 21 Jan 14

motco says...

They came within a whisker of a 400,000 tonnes p.a. rubbish incinerator at Wapseys Wood just west of GX as well.
They came within a whisker of a 400,000 tonnes p.a. rubbish incinerator at Wapseys Wood just west of GX as well. motco

2:37pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Kania 2000 says...

Well the planners had better come up with something rather than hiding behind very grey planning policy!
Well the planners had better come up with something rather than hiding behind very grey planning policy! Kania 2000

11:24pm Tue 21 Jan 14

townraider says...

great news
lets have several more
need to be affordable homes though.
great news lets have several more need to be affordable homes though. townraider

11:45pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Monty Cristo says...

"We need Hs2 to make the North more accessible"
But we won't bother making new homes in the North, or encourage industry to be there, instead we'll put them in the overheated South East, in the most expensive area.
Logical? I don't think so.
Does any thought go into planning AT ALL?
"We need Hs2 to make the North more accessible" But we won't bother making new homes in the North, or encourage industry to be there, instead we'll put them in the overheated South East, in the most expensive area. Logical? I don't think so. Does any thought go into planning AT ALL? Monty Cristo

10:36am Wed 22 Jan 14

dbanes says...

Monty Cristo wrote:
"We need Hs2 to make the North more accessible"
But we won't bother making new homes in the North, or encourage industry to be there, instead we'll put them in the overheated South East, in the most expensive area.
Logical? I don't think so.
Does any thought go into planning AT ALL?
But hopefully flooding the area with new homes will keep prices down so young people can afford to get their own place, maybe.

But on the other hand I do wonder why we'd use prime land for housing when there are millions of acres of lower quality land in cheaper areas of the country, at the other end of HS2, maybe.
[quote][p][bold]Monty Cristo[/bold] wrote: "We need Hs2 to make the North more accessible" But we won't bother making new homes in the North, or encourage industry to be there, instead we'll put them in the overheated South East, in the most expensive area. Logical? I don't think so. Does any thought go into planning AT ALL?[/p][/quote]But hopefully flooding the area with new homes will keep prices down so young people can afford to get their own place, maybe. But on the other hand I do wonder why we'd use prime land for housing when there are millions of acres of lower quality land in cheaper areas of the country, at the other end of HS2, maybe. dbanes

11:35am Wed 22 Jan 14

FLiszt says...

This is the tip of the out of control economic immigration iceberg, which is filling up 40% of new housing. Freedom of movement within EU boundaries is one of the fundamental principles of the EU so any idea we will be able to regain control of our borders while remaining in the EU is pure fantasy. Thus the only way to stop all this unwanted housing is to exit the EU so we regain control of our borders and thus can control economic immigration just as Australia does. Only UKIP will do this. So if you want your country and local countryside back, join UKIP - the only party of the UK's four mainstream parties which opposes HS2.
This is the tip of the out of control economic immigration iceberg, which is filling up 40% of new housing. Freedom of movement within EU boundaries is one of the fundamental principles of the EU so any idea we will be able to regain control of our borders while remaining in the EU is pure fantasy. Thus the only way to stop all this unwanted housing is to exit the EU so we regain control of our borders and thus can control economic immigration just as Australia does. Only UKIP will do this. So if you want your country and local countryside back, join UKIP - the only party of the UK's four mainstream parties which opposes HS2. FLiszt

2:17pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Scarletto says...

Grudging thanks to Nick Clegg who leaked the Tories' plans and hopes to extend Gerrards Cross. Mad idea which could cost the Conservatives lost votes.
Grudging thanks to Nick Clegg who leaked the Tories' plans and hopes to extend Gerrards Cross. Mad idea which could cost the Conservatives lost votes. Scarletto

9:35pm Wed 22 Jan 14

legiopatrianostra says...

townraider wrote:
great news lets have several more need to be affordable homes though.
No, just less people would be a start!
[quote][p][bold]townraider[/bold] wrote: great news lets have several more need to be affordable homes though.[/p][/quote]No, just less people would be a start! legiopatrianostra

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