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Residents object to plan for 210 homes in Monks Risborough
OBJECTIONS have been lodged against a planning application in Monks Risborough for up to 210 homes.
Last week the Bucks Free Press reported proposals to build at the Molins sports ground in Mill Lane, but meanwhile another planning application had been received by Wycombe District Council.
This application relates to land off Mill Lane between Kingsmead and Crowbrook Road.
The developers, Gladman Developments, want to create up to 210 dwellings with associated public open space, to provide a choice of housing.
Around 20 objections have so far been made against the application.
Skye Scott from Kingsmead objected because it would be a substantial detrimental impact to other residents while it is being developed, the proposed road would run behind their back garden, the ground is unsuitable as it floods and they don’t believe there are sufficient facilities in the village.
Another resident who objected, Eileen Rowlands from Crowbrook Road, said: "Two hundred and ten properties are too many for the area to absorb in one development. This would provide much high density housing which is inappropriate for the area."
She also raised concerns about the increased traffic flow and the dangerous junction and blind corner next to the railway bridge between Crowbrook Road and Mill Lane.
Mrs Rowlands added: "As we experienced some unprecedented flooding this winter it has heightened our attention to the woefully inadequate sewerage and water drainage for the area.
"Thames Water engineers confirmed to us that the sewer system is 'overcharged' during periods of heavy rain. A further large development in such close proximity regardless of enjoying its own sewer and water drainage would inevitably run off into the general system and increase the danger of backing up and causing flooding into the properties in Crowbrook Rd which are at a lower ground level."
The site extends to approximately 8.2ha and is located immediately to the north of Monks Risborough, north of Mill Lane and west of Monks Risborough Railway Station. The site is currently open and in arable use.
The planning application included response to public concerns.
It said the development will result in additional traffic and this cannot be an objection in principle to further housing development adding: "The submitted Transport Assessment addresses this issue in detail with anticipated trip rates to and from the development being satisfactory."
It said consultations will be undertaken with the relevant health authority and WDC to determine impact of the proposals on local schools and surgeries. Regarding the issue of flooding it said: "The scheme is accompanied by a detailed drainage strategy and flood modelling exercise. This demonstrates that the proposals do not give rise to any unacceptable flood risk issues."
The target determination date is August 1.
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