A PETITION by residents against the potential development of Buckmaster Playing Fields has been submitted to a council.

Cressex residents have moved to strike the field off the sites being considered for development under Wycombe District Council’s Local Plan.

Cllr Brian Pearce, ward member for Booker and Cressex, handed the document signed by 584 people to Full Council on Thursday night.

He told fellow councillors the Holmers Farm estate and wider area was already overdeveloped and the field gave residents a place to breathe.

Cllr Pearce said: “It’s already an overdeveloped area, we also have an extended John Lewis and Next coming soon, as well as the Handy Cross sports centre, the infrastructure will not take any more traffic.

“This field is vital for the area to act as a breathing lung; an area for children to play, adults to participate in sport and for dog walkers.

“I will fight tooth and nail to keep open spaces in Booker and Cressex.”

Cllr Neil Marshall, WDC Cabinet member for Planning and Sustainability, said he was aware of the feeling of residents and was quick to point out the Local Plan was out to public consultation.

He said: “At the current time, there are no firm plans for Buckmaster Playing Fields to be developed. We want to get the feelings of people.”

To take part in the Local Plan consultation visit www.wycombe.gov.uk