Week left to have your say on Wycombe Local Plan

Bucks Free Press: Week left to have your say on Wycombe Local Plan Week left to have your say on Wycombe Local Plan

RESIDENTS have less than a week left to help shape where thousands of houses and businesses will be built in the district.

Wycombe District Council’s public consultation over its new Local Plan closes on Friday, April 4.

The authority said about 1,500 people had attended its exhibitions and 34 public meeting, while a video box was also set up in Eden last weekend.

But the council said it had only received “about 400 detailed comments”.

Councillor Neil Marshall, WDC’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Sustainability, said: “There has been a wide range of comments and issues which people have flagged up so far in the consultation, and obviously lots of food for thought.

“We know we’ve got some really tough decisions ahead of us and we need to hear what people think about them.

“The decisions we do make for the Local Plan are going to shape the future provision of homes, jobs and infrastructure in the district, as well as set out how we’ll work to protect our precious local environment.

“So please, if you haven’t had your say, there’s still time - email us or write to us with your comments.”

WDC has said may have to build between 500 and 700 new homes every year between now and 2031 to keep up with growth.

Up to 400 dwellings are currently built around the district every 12 months.

All local authorities have been told by the government to work out how many homes and jobs are required and plan to meet that need.

Visit www. wycombe.gov.uk/newlocalplan to view a document summarising the options in the Local Plan.

Email your comments to newlocalplan@wycombe.gov.uk or you can write to the Planning Policy Team at WDC in Queen Victoria Road, High Wycombe, HP11 1BB.

To read the BFP’s overview of the Local Plan, including an area-by-area break down of the proposals, click here.

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10:31pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Grumpyaskett says...

Firstly I come from the standpoint that PR town centre is not presently successful and a major increase in population could help to re-invigorate it and potentially give us another large supermarket to give competition to Tesco and drive up its fairly low standards.
We spent the first 25 years of our married life in Cranleigh, Surrey a "village" which had a local population of nearly 12,000 and a further catchment bringing it to c20k. That population of 12,000 is still larger than proposal PR "Plus Option 2". The shopping centre was vibrant and the village (the largest in England) retained all of it's local character. Size on it's own does not destroy character of the centre.
So in principal I am not against size "per se" and if properly managed could give a whole resurgence to the town centre. The growth of PR would give the opportunity to improve our health, education and similar services and if we could have a change in road layout that would be a major advantage and would allow further growth of our town centre retail area.
I am not so concerned about the larger plans for expansion as others, indeed the way it has been expressed by WDC is thoughtful and could significantly enhance PR, not to mention increase the income for the local authorities as well as for shops and services.
I'm not overly concerned about the growth onto agricultural ground on the North side of the railway areas from a strategic point of view, given the limitations of alternative locations, although obviously those on the existing boundaries will have specific concerns and plans should take into account minimising the impact on them. I don't see the risk of a linkage to the Kimbles, certainly in the next three generations and future development then must be left in the hands of those around at the time.
In summary I am supportive of any of the three options and from preference 1b or 2 which I think would give the greatest benefit to the town.
Firstly I come from the standpoint that PR town centre is not presently successful and a major increase in population could help to re-invigorate it and potentially give us another large supermarket to give competition to Tesco and drive up its fairly low standards. We spent the first 25 years of our married life in Cranleigh, Surrey a "village" which had a local population of nearly 12,000 and a further catchment bringing it to c20k. That population of 12,000 is still larger than proposal PR "Plus Option 2". The shopping centre was vibrant and the village (the largest in England) retained all of it's local character. Size on it's own does not destroy character of the centre. So in principal I am not against size "per se" and if properly managed could give a whole resurgence to the town centre. The growth of PR would give the opportunity to improve our health, education and similar services and if we could have a change in road layout that would be a major advantage and would allow further growth of our town centre retail area. I am not so concerned about the larger plans for expansion as others, indeed the way it has been expressed by WDC is thoughtful and could significantly enhance PR, not to mention increase the income for the local authorities as well as for shops and services. I'm not overly concerned about the growth onto agricultural ground on the North side of the railway areas from a strategic point of view, given the limitations of alternative locations, although obviously those on the existing boundaries will have specific concerns and plans should take into account minimising the impact on them. I don't see the risk of a linkage to the Kimbles, certainly in the next three generations and future development then must be left in the hands of those around at the time. In summary I am supportive of any of the three options and from preference 1b or 2 which I think would give the greatest benefit to the town. Grumpyaskett
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