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Concerns raised about next stage in RAF Daws Hill site development
DEVELOPERS are seeking public opinion on the future of the RAF Daws Hill site in High Wycombe, although residents remain concerned about the problems more houses would bring.
Taylor Wimpey is holding a public exhibition for the redevelopment of the former RAF site, which was put up for sale earlier this year.
The company said it will be the first in a series of exhibitions which will outline the constraints of the site and it will seek views from residents on how it should be developed.
Managing director of Taylor Wimpey West London, Andrew Sturla, said: "This exhibition will set out the overarching proposals for the site, and later exhibitions will invite views on more detailed proposals for the site.
"We see it as vital to involve the public early on in the process so that they can truly impact on the development and we can create proposals that work for local people as well as adhering to planning policy."
Concerns were raised by the Daws Hill Residents Association, when Wycombe District Council cabinet appeared to give its blessing to 500 homes on the site at its July meeting.
The principle of the redevelopment was accepted through the council's position statement, which provides a framework of what should be included as part of the redevelopment, including shops, a primary school and homes.
Angus Laidlaw, chairman of the residents association, said the residents are quite concerned about what the exhibition is about and what is going to happen.
The association has put forward a position statement which raises concerns about the increased traffic any development would bring on an already busy road and the strain it would put on the existing infrastructure.
The association said any new development should respect and enhance the character of locality, respect and reflect the heritage of High Wycombe and not exacerbate existing problems of traffic flow, traffic volume and pedestrian safety.
A planning application would be put forward in autumn 2012.
The exhibition is on December 1 from 2-8pm and December 3 from 10am-5pm at RAF Daws Hill in Daws Hill Lane.
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