New motorway junction should not be built in Flackwell Heath, say residents association

Spring Lane, believed to be location for new slip road

Spring Lane, believed to be location for new slip road

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A NEW £12 million motorway slip road which could be built on Spring Lane, Flackwell Heath, would not benefit the village, the residents association say.

The proposal as part of the Wycombe District Councils Local Plan shows that a possible new route could run through Spring Lane, near Heath End Road, Flackwell Heath.

The new junction 3a would enable motorists to access the northbound M40 from Wycombe, without having to drive to the already congested Handy Cross - although the council says this particular plan is just one of several options being considered.

Flackwell Heath Residents Association Secretary Chloë Andrews-Jones said: "One of FHRA's charitable objects is to ‘promote the preservation, development and improvement of the character and amenities of the village’.

"FHRA believe that any development needs to be the right development."

She added: "We do not believe that the installation of a motorway junction along Spring Lane (a single track lane with passing places and challenging topography) is the right development.

"We feel that a Junction 3A between Flackwell Heath and High Wycombe would have a huge impact on traffic flow through the village, which is already at unacceptable levels on badly maintained roads."

Although plans are only at a consultation period at the moment there are real concerns amongst residents that not only will traffic and noise increase but also there is a chance villages and towns will all become connected.

Miss Andrews-Jones said: "The consequential development of the area around the junction would severely impact the areas of green spaces between Flackwell Heath and High Wycombe.

"And we have a huge concern that the vitally important green areas around the village would be eroded and the village would be swallowed up by High Wycombe."

The Residents Association have also raised concerns that not enough people have seen the planning document which was distributed to households in the area.

Miss Andrews-Jones said: "We have distributed a flyer to every house in the village asking people to look at the local plan documentation and submit their comments.

"The attendance of close to 100 people at FHRA's recent AGM (probably twice the usual number) when we invited people to come along and discuss the Local Plan demonstrates that people in the village have real concerns."

Councillor Neil Marshall, WDC Cabinet Member for Planning and Sustainability, said: "The local plan explores various options for long term planning right up to 2031.

"It looks at all sorts of ways we can help the district grow in terms of ensuring there are enough homes for local people to live and finding new employment sites in the district to attract new jobs into the area.

"Junction 3a is one of many options under consideration. It would be a long term, high cost project which would need more detailed feasibility work and the approval of the Highways Authority, if we were to progress the idea."

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4:46pm Thu 3 Apr 14

stevet123 says...

The slip road turn off and get on points on the motorway are already there, they have been there since the Motorway was built, originally built for a service station, but due to planning refusal never happened i am guessing, but why not, getting on the motorway 3a and get off, this would ease congestion at Handy Cross
The slip road turn off and get on points on the motorway are already there, they have been there since the Motorway was built, originally built for a service station, but due to planning refusal never happened i am guessing, but why not, getting on the motorway 3a and get off, this would ease congestion at Handy Cross stevet123
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5:43pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Mr Totterdge Hill says...

Ease Handy Cross and be good for all those new houses planned for that side of town.
Ease Handy Cross and be good for all those new houses planned for that side of town. Mr Totterdge Hill
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6:13pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Dave2013 says...

I would remind the FHRA of what they consistently say to anyone who disagrees with their, often, idiotic projects. They should consider what is best for the community as a whole. If there are problems they should contact the police or the council who I am sure would be very helpful. If the junction does get built, which I believe is highly unlikely, they may be able to use it as a bargaining tool for the council to build them their pet project they are always banging on about, ie the BMX/skateboard park.
I would remind the FHRA of what they consistently say to anyone who disagrees with their, often, idiotic projects. They should consider what is best for the community as a whole. If there are problems they should contact the police or the council who I am sure would be very helpful. If the junction does get built, which I believe is highly unlikely, they may be able to use it as a bargaining tool for the council to build them their pet project they are always banging on about, ie the BMX/skateboard park. Dave2013
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11:17pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Thamed says...

Dave, the skateboard park was mercilessly ripped from the heart of the FH community!! What year are you living in???
Dave, the skateboard park was mercilessly ripped from the heart of the FH community!! What year are you living in??? Thamed
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9:42pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Dave2013 says...

Thamed wrote:
Dave, the skateboard park was mercilessly ripped from the heart of the FH community!! What year are you living in???
Hi Thamed
"Mercilessly ripped from the heart of the FH community". Don't let the reality get in the way of emotive exaggeration. My point is that the FHRA states that they still hope to build a replacement BMX/skateboard park, but are unable to find a suitable location. If a new junction is built at Spring Lane there would clearly need to be some compulsory purchase of land and a large amount of cash and resources put in place to build it. Given the level of investment and the inconvenience for some parts of FH and Wycombe Marsh, it might be possible to persuade the authorities to give some land and a grant to build a new BMX/skateboard park. I apologise if this was not clear from my first posting.
[quote][p][bold]Thamed[/bold] wrote: Dave, the skateboard park was mercilessly ripped from the heart of the FH community!! What year are you living in???[/p][/quote]Hi Thamed "Mercilessly ripped from the heart of the FH community". Don't let the reality get in the way of emotive exaggeration. My point is that the FHRA states that they still hope to build a replacement BMX/skateboard park, but are unable to find a suitable location. If a new junction is built at Spring Lane there would clearly need to be some compulsory purchase of land and a large amount of cash and resources put in place to build it. Given the level of investment and the inconvenience for some parts of FH and Wycombe Marsh, it might be possible to persuade the authorities to give some land and a grant to build a new BMX/skateboard park. I apologise if this was not clear from my first posting. Dave2013
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10:31pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Thamed says...

Dave, I assume you are familiar with sarcasm! Couldn't they build another skatepark in the centre on the new junction, it would look so cool! I suppose you will be spearheading the campaign to build a new site for the youth to hang out on since you are so passionate about this issue! I also accept your apology!
Dave, I assume you are familiar with sarcasm! Couldn't they build another skatepark in the centre on the new junction, it would look so cool! I suppose you will be spearheading the campaign to build a new site for the youth to hang out on since you are so passionate about this issue! I also accept your apology! Thamed
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