Mixed views on district developments, Wycombe District Council say

Campaigners in Slate Meadow

Campaigners in Slate Meadow

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

OPINION on new development within the district is mixed, Wycombe District Council has said, after they proposed to release five areas of land for future housing.

A proposal has been made to release Slate Meadow in Bourne End and High Wycombe sites Gomm Valley and Ashwells, Abbey Barn South and North, and Terriers Farm for development, despite widespread anger from residents.

WDC have told the Bucks Free Press that while holding a public consultation on the Local Plan they also had market research completed to discover the views of residents.

Discussing the market research, Penelope Tollitt, the head of planning and sustainability said there were quite mixed results.

She said: “In asking the public we did some market research to get a balanced statistical view of residents within the district and as always when you ask quite complicated messages in a quantitative way you get some quite mixed results.

“So when residents were asked the question, do you think we should be providing more housing, the answer was yes, so 72% of people said yes.

“When we asked them about the individual sites actually the answers were relatively favourable because most people don’t live locally (to the specific sites).

“But, when we asked them the generic question, should we build on the reserve sites, the answer was no, because enough people have picked up in the press the concerns people have about them.”

Councillors and council workers now hope to work alongside members of the community to get the best solution for the five reserve sites, before putting the proposal in front of the Cabinet in October.

There will be two public meetings at Bucks New University, this month.

The first meeting is tomorrow (Thursday, August 14) and the second meeting is two weeks later on Thursday, August 28.

To attend either meeting, register by contacting Lynn Bartley on 01494 421101 or Simon Barlow on 01494 421158 or by emailing newlocalplan@wycombe.gov.uk

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6:42pm Wed 13 Aug 14

AgentMorty says...

“But, when we asked them the generic question, should we build on the reserve sites, the answer was no, because enough people have picked up in the press the concerns people have about them.” .

No - there was nowhere near the level of press coverage at the time. Residents said no because they want to preserve special sites such as Gomm Valley from development. Even the ecology assessment report commissioned by WDC themselves in 2009 said the following: .

“Gomm Valley supports significant biodiversity resources with a number of Habitats of Principal Importance (NERC Act, 2006). These are likely to be directly and indirectly affected by development."
“But, when we asked them the generic question, should we build on the reserve sites, the answer was no, because enough people have picked up in the press the concerns people have about them.” . No - there was nowhere near the level of press coverage at the time. Residents said no because they want to preserve special sites such as Gomm Valley from development. Even the ecology assessment report commissioned by WDC themselves in 2009 said the following: . “Gomm Valley supports significant biodiversity resources with a number of Habitats of Principal Importance (NERC Act, 2006). These are likely to be directly and indirectly affected by development." AgentMorty
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7:12pm Wed 13 Aug 14

faircuppa says...

'Best solution' sounds ominous. This presumably means partial development of each site in council speak. I would have thought a comparison study of the sites plus a look at the other potential sites we were told to suggest. That was clearly a very badly timed consultation with the new Government edict on the horizon. There is no point having a publicity competition as we can all strip off, climb trees etc. objectivity and scientific data are essential. We might consult people who need to be housed where they would like to live given the options? There could be surprise results.
'Best solution' sounds ominous. This presumably means partial development of each site in council speak. I would have thought a comparison study of the sites plus a look at the other potential sites we were told to suggest. That was clearly a very badly timed consultation with the new Government edict on the horizon. There is no point having a publicity competition as we can all strip off, climb trees etc. objectivity and scientific data are essential. We might consult people who need to be housed where they would like to live given the options? There could be surprise results. faircuppa
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10:22pm Wed 13 Aug 14

gpn01 says...

Would be nice to know what time these meetings are being he!d.
Would be nice to know what time these meetings are being he!d. gpn01
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10:38pm Wed 13 Aug 14

AgentMorty says...

gpn01 wrote:
Would be nice to know what time these meetings are being he!d.
7pm and they have finally released the agenda too after being asked for it last week.

http://www.wycombe.g
ov.uk/council-servic
es/planning-and-buil
dings/planning-polic
y/new-local-plan/eve
nts.aspx
[quote][p][bold]gpn01[/bold] wrote: Would be nice to know what time these meetings are being he!d.[/p][/quote]7pm and they have finally released the agenda too after being asked for it last week. http://www.wycombe.g ov.uk/council-servic es/planning-and-buil dings/planning-polic y/new-local-plan/eve nts.aspx AgentMorty
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10:34pm Thu 14 Aug 14

gpn01 says...

AgentMorty wrote:
gpn01 wrote:
Would be nice to know what time these meetings are being he!d.
7pm and they have finally released the agenda too after being asked for it last week.

http://www.wycombe.g

ov.uk/council-servic

es/planning-and-buil

dings/planning-polic

y/new-local-plan/eve

nts.aspx
Thanks
[quote][p][bold]AgentMorty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gpn01[/bold] wrote: Would be nice to know what time these meetings are being he!d.[/p][/quote]7pm and they have finally released the agenda too after being asked for it last week. http://www.wycombe.g ov.uk/council-servic es/planning-and-buil dings/planning-polic y/new-local-plan/eve nts.aspx[/p][/quote]Thanks gpn01
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