Campaign group: 'Build houses in the west of the district'

Bucks Free Press: Campaign group: 'Build houses in the west of the district' Campaign group: 'Build houses in the west of the district'

THE west of the Wycombe District should bear the brunt of some development as the east “has reached saturation point”, a campaign group has said.

Stokenchurch, with its access to the M40, and Saunderton, which has a train station, are two areas that should “share the load”.

The Pimms Action Group said “too much focus” has been put on building homes and employment areas in High Wycombe. It urged Wycombe District Council to look west and preserve sites such as Gomm Valley.

The group calculated there are 7887 people per square mile in the Wycombe town area compared to 726 residents per square mile in the wider district.

In response to WDC’s public consultation on the proposed Local Plan – which will outline where homes and economic sites will be built up to 2031 – the group said: “This demonstrates too much focus is put on the development of the eastern side of Wycombe, [it has reached] saturation point.

“Now is the time and opportunity to develop the western areas. Saunderton, with the benefit of a station, could be one area to contribute to the housing requirements.

“Stokenchurch could benefit from substantial investment creating houses and commercial development.

"The result would be an uplift to the declining shops available to the existing population and prospects of local job creation.

“The proximity to the M40 is a bonus to prospective commercial investment.”

Focusing on the patch it is trying to save, the Pimms Action Group said WDC recognised the Gomm Valley’s importance when it tried to have it registered as Green Belt land.

It said the roads around the area are already congested – which was one of the factors in the scrapping of a previous plan to develop the area in 2001.

Building houses now would only encourage future development, leading to the “gradual erosion of the valley”.

The group added: “The valley has existed for hundreds of years. It is unique because of its variety of content; there is no other like it in Bucks. Why destroy and demolish this valuable habitat, [which would be] lost forever?

“The Gomm Valley should be preserved and considered for development only when all other areas have been developed.”

Wycombe District Council 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 every 12 months.

A review of the green belt will be carried out by the council, which previously said it "can’t see an answer" that doesn’t involve the use of some green belt land.

Saunderton and Stokenchurch are both in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which is designated by the government.

WDC said it would need "an extremely good reason" to develop AONB land but both villages have been identified as potential growth options in its Local Plan public consultation book.

The authority's public consultation on the Local Plan closes on Friday.

To have your say visit www.wycombe.gov.uk/newlocalplan or email your views to newlocalplan@wycombe.gov.uk.

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2:08pm Wed 2 Apr 14

shaky2 says...

Will this mean another TESCO for a bigger population
Will this mean another TESCO for a bigger population shaky2
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3:29pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Kania 2000 says...

Housing and employment needs infrastructure. Really can't see Saunderton Halt taking that amount of extra parking but then it could always have a floating multistory car park.
Housing and employment needs infrastructure. Really can't see Saunderton Halt taking that amount of extra parking but then it could always have a floating multistory car park. Kania 2000
  • Score: 1

3:30pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Gaulnut says...

HAHAHA there is a reason why Stokenchurch and Saunderton have not been expanded, they are both in the middle of an AONB.

Even printing this story is a waste of time and effort. Clearly this (in)action group doesn't even know what an AONB is or why it exists.
HAHAHA there is a reason why Stokenchurch and Saunderton have not been expanded, they are both in the middle of an AONB. Even printing this story is a waste of time and effort. Clearly this (in)action group doesn't even know what an AONB is or why it exists. Gaulnut
  • Score: 2

4:22pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Darren Hayday says...

This is a case of point the finger anywhere but not in our back-yard. There isn’t much land left to build on to be honest. Now that most of our Brownfield sites are built on, we have floodplains and the rest is AONB and where the greenbelt is - there isn’t the infrastructure in place (nor the funding). I totally understand the need to build new homes, but where? Perhaps we do need to look into new Garden Cities or adding smaller numbers of homes across the board instead of large housing estates.
This idea of plonking them in this side of town is not a good one, I’m afraid!
This is a case of point the finger anywhere but not in our back-yard. There isn’t much land left to build on to be honest. Now that most of our Brownfield sites are built on, we have floodplains and the rest is AONB and where the greenbelt is - there isn’t the infrastructure in place (nor the funding). I totally understand the need to build new homes, but where? Perhaps we do need to look into new Garden Cities or adding smaller numbers of homes across the board instead of large housing estates. This idea of plonking them in this side of town is not a good one, I’m afraid! Darren Hayday
  • Score: 0

4:30pm Wed 2 Apr 14

BucksComment says...

Or else just put up a sign saying "no room, we are full"
Or else just put up a sign saying "no room, we are full" BucksComment
  • Score: 7

4:51pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Gaulnut says...

Here are a couple of links for the PMSL Action Group to go and read:

http://www.aonb.org.
uk/
http://www.chilterns
aonb.org/
http://www.chilterns
ociety.org.uk/
http://www.naturalen
gland.org.uk/ourwork
/conservation/design
ations/aonb/

"The valley has existed for hundreds of years. It is unique because of its variety of content; there is no other like it in Bucks. Why destroy and demolish this valuable habitat, lost forever?"

Whereas The Chilterns have existed for tens of thousands of years, between Stokenchurch and Saunderton there are known Roman finds, and it has AONB status as it is of National importance, there is no other place like it in the country. It is specifically protected as green belt and more importantly AONB so that it is not lost forever.

Here are a couple of links for the PMSL Action Group to go and read: http://www.aonb.org. uk/ http://www.chilterns aonb.org/ http://www.chilterns ociety.org.uk/ http://www.naturalen gland.org.uk/ourwork /conservation/design ations/aonb/ "The valley has existed for hundreds of years. It is unique because of its variety of content; there is no other like it in Bucks. Why destroy and demolish this valuable habitat, [which would be] lost forever?" Whereas The Chilterns have existed for tens of thousands of years, between Stokenchurch and Saunderton there are known Roman finds, and it has AONB status as it is of National importance, there is no other place like it in the country. It is specifically protected as green belt and more importantly AONB so that it is not lost forever. [/rant] Gaulnut
  • Score: 3

6:35am Thu 3 Apr 14

demoness the second says...

Gaulnut wrote:
HAHAHA there is a reason why Stokenchurch and Saunderton have not been expanded, they are both in the middle of an AONB.

Even printing this story is a waste of time and effort. Clearly this (in)action group doesn't even know what an AONB is or why it exists.
Tell that to the HS2 planners and the government - it doesn't seem to worry them.
[quote][p][bold]Gaulnut[/bold] wrote: HAHAHA there is a reason why Stokenchurch and Saunderton have not been expanded, they are both in the middle of an AONB. Even printing this story is a waste of time and effort. Clearly this (in)action group doesn't even know what an AONB is or why it exists.[/p][/quote]Tell that to the HS2 planners and the government - it doesn't seem to worry them. demoness the second
  • Score: 3

6:35am Thu 3 Apr 14

demoness the second says...

Gaulnut wrote:
HAHAHA there is a reason why Stokenchurch and Saunderton have not been expanded, they are both in the middle of an AONB.

Even printing this story is a waste of time and effort. Clearly this (in)action group doesn't even know what an AONB is or why it exists.
Tell that to the HS2 planners and the government - it doesn't seem to worry them.
[quote][p][bold]Gaulnut[/bold] wrote: HAHAHA there is a reason why Stokenchurch and Saunderton have not been expanded, they are both in the middle of an AONB. Even printing this story is a waste of time and effort. Clearly this (in)action group doesn't even know what an AONB is or why it exists.[/p][/quote]Tell that to the HS2 planners and the government - it doesn't seem to worry them. demoness the second
  • Score: 1

1:56pm Thu 3 Apr 14

downleylocal says...

Nimbys!!
Nimbys!! downleylocal
  • Score: -5

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