Former green belt land between Bourne End and Wooburn should not be developed, says WDC councillor

Bucks Free Press: Slate Meadow Slate Meadow

COMMUNITY spirit would be lost forever if former green belt land separating Bourne End and Wooburn is developed on, according to a Wycombe District councillor.

Slate Meadow, an area of greenery separating the two villages, has been mooted for possible development under the district council’s local plan.

The local plan is a document outlaying the council’s plans up to 2031; these plans include a possible development of up to 175 homes on Slate Meadow.

Bourne End Councillor Brian Pollock, said: “There are serious concerns for me if they were to develop on Slate Meadow the whole nature of the area would change.”

He added: “Bourne End has a very strong community feel, my fears are if we built we could lose that.

“People also feel that there is a good balance of open land and built on land, although there is a lack of green space.”

Slate Meadow was formerly green belt land, but was taken out of green belt in the late 1980s and has since been used as an area of special restraint, although residents say by splitting the two villages it has acted as green belt land.

An Area of Special Restraint was a site identified to meet longer term development needs but protected from development in the shorter term.

Chairman of the Bourne End Residents Association, Jim Penfold, said: “They took the site out of green belt land so it could become a potential development.

“We were told they took it out to preserve the site but it is obvious now they did it to reserve the site for development.”

He added: “If they are doing a review into green belt land they should review the possibility of putting Slate Meadow back into green belt.”

Cllr Pollock added: “It is a two way process you can review what to put into it and take out of it, the green belt review can go both ways.”

Penelope Tollitt, Head of Planning and Sustainability, said: “The consultation is still live and we obviously want to complete the consultation and consider all the comments we receive before deciding how to proceed.”

A meeting was also held this week discuss reaction to local plan.

Ms Tollitt, who chaired the meeting, added: “We know that the Slate Meadow site is a very sensitive issue and we also know that as a Council we have a big challenge to plan for future housing.”

Ms Tollitt added: “We were pleased with the way that the meeting went on Monday night and I hope local residents felt that they all had the opportunity to express their concerns about the site.”

Another meeting to discuss the issue will be held at Wye Valley School Monday, March 24.

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9:24pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

Who can doubt that it will be built on and every scrap of empty ground - with increasingly dense populations.

What will happen when the last field and pasture have been built on?
Who can doubt that it will be built on and every scrap of empty ground - with increasingly dense populations. What will happen when the last field and pasture have been built on? Undercover Euro Yob
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9:25pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

On a less sombre note - Homophone Corner 'Slate Meadow was formally green belt ' Informally it was something else I suppose.
On a less sombre note - Homophone Corner 'Slate Meadow was formally green belt ' Informally it was something else I suppose. Undercover Euro Yob
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9:27pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

The land is a pleasant and semi-wild open space and it is a shame that more has not been made of it in the past.
The land is a pleasant and semi-wild open space and it is a shame that more has not been made of it in the past. Undercover Euro Yob
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9:29pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

Ms Tollitt added: “We were pleased with the way that the meeting went on Monday night and I hope local residents felt that they all had the opportunity to express their concerns about the site.”

‘WE were pleased’ but Mrs Tollitt was uncertain how local residents felt - who can doubt the plans have been drawn up for the new estate on the land for many months past?
[italic] Ms Tollitt added: “We were pleased with the way that the meeting went on Monday night and I hope local residents felt that they all had the opportunity to express their concerns about the site.” [/italic] ‘WE were pleased’ but Mrs Tollitt was uncertain how local residents felt - who can doubt the plans have been drawn up for the new estate on the land for many months past? Undercover Euro Yob
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1:34pm Mon 17 Mar 14

pennman says...

We should be knocking down houses, not building more. the natural increase in prices caused by the supply / demand dynamic will act as a natural population cap and result in more businesses opening elsewhere in the country. Isn't that what the government want; to raise the profile of the parts of the country that aren't in the South-Ease (look at the BBC moving to Manchester)
We should be knocking down houses, not building more. the natural increase in prices caused by the supply / demand dynamic will act as a natural population cap and result in more businesses opening elsewhere in the country. Isn't that what the government want; to raise the profile of the parts of the country that aren't in the South-Ease (look at the BBC moving to Manchester) pennman
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4:54pm Mon 17 Mar 14

J B Blackett says...

Undercover Euro Yob wrote:
Who can doubt that it will be built on and every scrap of empty ground - with increasingly dense populations.

What will happen when the last field and pasture have been built on?
They'll take all the trees
And put them in a tree museum
And they'll charge all the people
A dollar and a half to see 'em
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
Till it's gone
They'll paved paradise
And put up a parking lot (J Mitchell 1970)
[quote][p][bold]Undercover Euro Yob[/bold] wrote: Who can doubt that it will be built on and every scrap of empty ground - with increasingly dense populations. What will happen when the last field and pasture have been built on?[/p][/quote]They'll take all the trees And put them in a tree museum And they'll charge all the people A dollar and a half to see 'em Don't it always seem to go That you don't know what you've got Till it's gone They'll paved paradise And put up a parking lot (J Mitchell 1970) J B Blackett
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