Concerns raised about next stage in RAF Daws Hill site development

Bucks Free Press: Concerns raised about next stage in RAF site development Concerns raised about next stage in RAF 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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1:27pm Thu 24 Nov 11

KTinBucks says...

This is not just a Daws Hill issue, but one that will affect many residents.
Already announced is the HW Master Plan, which the proposers acknowledge will worsen queues on Marlow Hill in both mornings & afternoons. Then there is the Sports Centre development complete with retail food hall, businesses and a hotel. Then there is the Coachway interchange and park / ride facility. And there may be the development of Abbey Barn South, with another 600(?) homes to follow.
Together, these all mean hundreds of more vehicle movements per day – a massive increase in percentage terms. Yet the current congestion is already unacceptable, with everything stationary at school times and gridlocked whenever any incident occurs on the M40, or it snows! The reputation of Handy Cross as the busiest motorway junction in Europe is about to worsen.
WDC & BCC and the Highways Agency need to propose viable solutions to not just alleviate the current position, but also to ensure that there is no worsening going forward – and no developments should be approved until this is sorted.
This is not just a Daws Hill issue, but one that will affect many residents. Already announced is the HW Master Plan, which the proposers acknowledge will worsen queues on Marlow Hill in both mornings & afternoons. Then there is the Sports Centre development complete with retail food hall, businesses and a hotel. Then there is the Coachway interchange and park / ride facility. And there may be the development of Abbey Barn South, with another 600(?) homes to follow. Together, these all mean hundreds of more vehicle movements per day – a massive increase in percentage terms. Yet the current congestion is already unacceptable, with everything stationary at school times and gridlocked whenever any incident occurs on the M40, or it snows! The reputation of Handy Cross as the busiest motorway junction in Europe is about to worsen. WDC & BCC and the Highways Agency need to propose viable solutions to not just alleviate the current position, but also to ensure that there is no worsening going forward – and no developments should be approved until this is sorted. KTinBucks
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3:08pm Thu 24 Nov 11

washondo says...

There is, apparently, a large body of water on Europa one of the moons of Jupiter. Does that really make it habitable?
There is, allegedly, quite a large area available for building on the former RAF Daws Hill site.
The argument that there was a large residential development there previously, holds no water since the majority of the incumbents worked on the site.
The argument that there was previously a school there, does not take into account that the pupils were transported there on a few vehicles from several sites as opposed to potentially hundreds of pupils and residents leaving the site on many vehicles.
In fact, this site is currently almost as accessible as Europa. It has, however, huge potential as a prison, since the likeliehood of expeditious escape is fairly remote.
There is, apparently, a large body of water on Europa one of the moons of Jupiter. Does that really make it habitable? There is, allegedly, quite a large area available for building on the former RAF Daws Hill site. The argument that there was a large residential development there previously, holds no water since the majority of the incumbents worked on the site. The argument that there was previously a school there, does not take into account that the pupils were transported there on a few vehicles from several sites as opposed to potentially hundreds of pupils and residents leaving the site on many vehicles. In fact, this site is currently almost as accessible as Europa. It has, however, huge potential as a prison, since the likeliehood of expeditious escape is fairly remote. washondo
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3:33pm Fri 25 Nov 11

Plus ça change... says...

Would a stadium fit? They used to play baseball there.
Would a stadium fit? They used to play baseball there. Plus ça change...
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2:08am Sat 26 Nov 11

sportsturf says...

@ plus ca change...they still do ...ive worked on the baseball courts...
@ plus ca change...they still do ...ive worked on the baseball courts... sportsturf
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1:13pm Sat 26 Nov 11

Plus ça change... says...

sportsturf wrote:
@ plus ca change...they still do ...ive worked on the baseball courts...
Fantastic.

Wycombe is always more exciting than people like to admit...
[quote][p][bold]sportsturf[/bold] wrote: @ plus ca change...they still do ...ive worked on the baseball courts...[/p][/quote]Fantastic. Wycombe is always more exciting than people like to admit... Plus ça change...
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