Residents object to plan for 210 homes in Monks Risborough

Bucks Free Press: Wycombe District Council offices, where the planning application was received Wycombe District Council offices, where the planning application was received

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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6:07am Wed 28 May 14

Mr Totterdge Hill says...

Great idea... build houses without any infrastructure!

I love the idea that one reason for rejection was flooding, it's not even a flood plain, just an area that has a stream that needs some work done on it. As for sewage... back to infrastructure. Most of the services in the area are under developed.

About time funds were ear marked for reservoirs, power stations, waste management etc etc etc... before more houses. Don't get me wrong I want to see more houses built, including real affordable homes, not just yuppie flats.
Great idea... build houses without any infrastructure! I love the idea that one reason for rejection was flooding, it's not even a flood plain, just an area that has a stream that needs some work done on it. As for sewage... back to infrastructure. Most of the services in the area are under developed. About time funds were ear marked for reservoirs, power stations, waste management etc etc etc... before more houses. Don't get me wrong I want to see more houses built, including real affordable homes, not just yuppie flats. Mr Totterdge Hill
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9:06am Wed 28 May 14

Mrs Hoover says...

Mr Totterdge Hill wrote:
Great idea... build houses without any infrastructure!

I love the idea that one reason for rejection was flooding, it's not even a flood plain, just an area that has a stream that needs some work done on it. As for sewage... back to infrastructure. Most of the services in the area are under developed.

About time funds were ear marked for reservoirs, power stations, waste management etc etc etc... before more houses. Don't get me wrong I want to see more houses built, including real affordable homes, not just yuppie flats.
As someone who lives near to this proposed site, I can tell you that this field does indeed flood - surface flooding and ground-water flooding. A large portion of it was under water for the best part of 2 months earlier this year.

Nearby roads were flooded for many times during the winter, with a combination of rainwater and sewage. The sewage system here backed-up 14 times between January and March this year. Some resident had raw sewage in their gardens. There was 4 foot of water under the railway bridge on Mill Lane at one point, with cars stuck underneath it - this same place flooded just last week.

There are genuine concerns from the residents near to this site, who are understandably worried that any building on it will result in even worse flooding to their property.

Not to mention the idea of just one entrance/exit to the development with 210 properties on it. Parts of Mill Lane doesn't even have pavements and this route is used by local children to and from school. Just madness to propose to build here - but I guess the government back-handed (otherwise known as 'incentive') of £1.6m to WDC will no doubt make it this go ahead.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Totterdge Hill[/bold] wrote: Great idea... build houses without any infrastructure! I love the idea that one reason for rejection was flooding, it's not even a flood plain, just an area that has a stream that needs some work done on it. As for sewage... back to infrastructure. Most of the services in the area are under developed. About time funds were ear marked for reservoirs, power stations, waste management etc etc etc... before more houses. Don't get me wrong I want to see more houses built, including real affordable homes, not just yuppie flats.[/p][/quote]As someone who lives near to this proposed site, I can tell you that this field does indeed flood - surface flooding and ground-water flooding. A large portion of it was under water for the best part of 2 months earlier this year. Nearby roads were flooded for many times during the winter, with a combination of rainwater and sewage. The sewage system here backed-up 14 times between January and March this year. Some resident had raw sewage in their gardens. There was 4 foot of water under the railway bridge on Mill Lane at one point, with cars stuck underneath it - this same place flooded just last week. There are genuine concerns from the residents near to this site, who are understandably worried that any building on it will result in even worse flooding to their property. Not to mention the idea of just one entrance/exit to the development with 210 properties on it. Parts of Mill Lane doesn't even have pavements and this route is used by local children to and from school. Just madness to propose to build here - but I guess the government back-handed (otherwise known as 'incentive') of £1.6m to WDC will no doubt make it this go ahead. Mrs Hoover
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11:25am Wed 28 May 14

tucker1 says...

I happen to live in mill lane next to the feild in question and I can assure you we do flood we are the people who had raw sewerage in our gardens it was under the house and caused us damage the people who proposed this should try living here even with the rain we are having now we are starting to build up sort the problems here before thinking of building new houses I have lived here eight years and have been flooded nearly every year when we report it we are passed from pillar to post with one passing the blame to the other
I happen to live in mill lane next to the feild in question and I can assure you we do flood we are the people who had raw sewerage in our gardens it was under the house and caused us damage the people who proposed this should try living here even with the rain we are having now we are starting to build up sort the problems here before thinking of building new houses I have lived here eight years and have been flooded nearly every year when we report it we are passed from pillar to post with one passing the blame to the other tucker1
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