East of town 'one huge interchange' if M40 junction plans go ahead

East of town 'one huge interchange' if M40 junction plans go ahead

East of town 'one huge interchange' if M40 junction plans go ahead

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A NEW motorway junction near Flackwell Heath would turn the east side of High Wycombe into one giant interchange, according to a councillor opposing the plan.

Residents have reacted angrily to the proposal of a M40 Junction 3A near Spring Lane, floated as a possibility under Wycombe District Council’s long-term Local Plan.

Early reports into the scheme show a link road running from the motorway to the A40 near Gomm Road, which campaigners say will tear right through the community in Wycombe Marsh.

Cllr Matt Knight, who recently co-formed the East Wycombe Independents Group, spoke out against the idea at last week’s Full Council meeting.

He said: "It feel as if East Wycombe is on the eve of destruction. If these proposals go ahead it seems as if East Wycombe will become essentially one big motorway interchange, concreted over and devoid of any green space.

"Residents will be blighted by congested roads, constant traffic noise and intolerable levels of pollution.

"It is my view that the upgrading of junction 3 to a full junction would cause less disruption to residents, cost less and bring more benefits than the building of a new junction at 3a."

Cllr Knight is calling for a study into the feasibility of expanding the southbound Junction 3 at Loudwater into a two-way access point to serve the east of Wycombe.

A petition launched by Cllr Trevor Snaith and the Wycombe Liberal Democrats has initially attracted nearly 300 signatures, including residents whose homes on Kingsmead Road are in the path of a new link road.

Responding to Cllr Knight's concerns, deputy Cabinet member for planning Cllr David Johncock insisted the idea was at a very early stage and that nothing has been decided.

And he reassured worried residents that the Site of Special Scientific Interest at Gomm Valley would be unaffected by any development.

He said: "There is a mix of impacts across the town on the road network as a result of the new junction, with increases and decreases in traffic flows in different parts of the town, but overall initial works suggests that the junction could have an overall positive impact.

"It is, however, important to understand that proposals for the new motorway junction are at a very early stage and the Council is working with both the County Council and the Highways Agency on assessing further if and how this proposal could be implemented."

WDC’s Local Plan aims to address the growing need for housing and business premises in the district.

Projects being considered are a new settlement near Princes Risborough and a new business park for Marlow.

A recent consultation included an information leaflet sent to every home in the district and a series of meetings to gather feedback.

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4:22pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Marginalised Chairboy says...

It needs two-way access in both directions however they achieve it.
It needs two-way access in both directions however they achieve it. Marginalised Chairboy
  • Score: 12

4:48pm Mon 4 Aug 14

jayeatman says...

Nice one BFP. I suppose the partisan non-expert's 'East of town 'one huge interchange' ' makes a better headline than the 'overall positive impact' from the guy who may actually know what he's talking about.
Nice one BFP. I suppose the partisan non-expert's 'East of town 'one huge interchange' ' makes a better headline than the 'overall positive impact' from the guy who may actually know what he's talking about. jayeatman
  • Score: 1

6:55pm Mon 4 Aug 14

ProtectCountryside says...

Not sure why the SSSI in Gomm Valley is being mentioned as we know that was not part of the plans for development.
However, large parts of Gomm Valley are indeed at risk of development especially the areas next to Pimms Grove/Close and Hammersley Lane.
There are public meetings on the 14th and 28th August at Buckinghamshire New University 7pm. Wycombe Council says you have to register beforehand which you can do by email to newlocalplan@wycombe
.gov.uk or tel 01494 421102
Please don't leave it to others as this is possibly the last chance to Save Gomm Valley.
Not sure why the SSSI in Gomm Valley is being mentioned as we know that was not part of the plans for development. However, large parts of Gomm Valley are indeed at risk of development especially the areas next to Pimms Grove/Close and Hammersley Lane. There are public meetings on the 14th and 28th August at Buckinghamshire New University 7pm. Wycombe Council says you have to register beforehand which you can do by email to newlocalplan@wycombe .gov.uk or tel 01494 421102 Please don't leave it to others as this is possibly the last chance to Save Gomm Valley. ProtectCountryside
  • Score: 1

7:28pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Cllr Trevor Snaith says...

Join the petition No way to J3a
http://www.wycombeli
bdems.org.uk/

Also attend the WDC Public Meeting 20th August 7pm Bucks New Uni
You MUST register to attend beforehand by email to
newlocalplan@wycombe
.gov.uk
Or Tel 01494 421102
Join the petition No way to J3a http://www.wycombeli bdems.org.uk/ Also attend the WDC Public Meeting 20th August 7pm Bucks New Uni You MUST register to attend beforehand by email to newlocalplan@wycombe .gov.uk Or Tel 01494 421102 Cllr Trevor Snaith
  • Score: -10

9:34am Tue 5 Aug 14

s6blr says...

What a load of rubbish -- I would suppose that the residents would rather be choked to death by exhaust fumes?
What a load of rubbish -- I would suppose that the residents would rather be choked to death by exhaust fumes? s6blr
  • Score: 1

10:38pm Wed 6 Aug 14

faircuppa says...

Cllr Trevor Snaith wrote:
Join the petition No way to J3a
http://www.wycombeli

bdems.org.uk/

Also attend the WDC Public Meeting 20th August 7pm Bucks New Uni
You MUST register to attend beforehand by email to
newlocalplan@wycombe

.gov.uk
Or TelNo way Libs petition on ballot paper next May!!!
[quote][p][bold]Cllr Trevor Snaith[/bold] wrote: Join the petition No way to J3a http://www.wycombeli bdems.org.uk/ Also attend the WDC Public Meeting 20th August 7pm Bucks New Uni You MUST register to attend beforehand by email to newlocalplan@wycombe .gov.uk Or TelNo way Libs petition on ballot paper next May!!! faircuppa
  • Score: 2

12:17pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Risborough 14 says...

Cllr Matt Knight seems very sure of his facts and his ability to forecast the future ....Matt could you tell me who'll win the 4.15 betfred handicap at Doncaster on Saturday .....also what research have you carried out ..have you produced any report has that report been peer reviewed do you hold any qualifications in traffic management or local environmental impact when such projects are implemented
Cllr Matt Knight seems very sure of his facts and his ability to forecast the future ....Matt could you tell me who'll win the 4.15 betfred handicap at Doncaster on Saturday .....also what research have you carried out ..have you produced any report has that report been peer reviewed do you hold any qualifications in traffic management or local environmental impact when such projects are implemented Risborough 14
  • Score: -1

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