MORE than 100 homes are a step closer to being built on a former reserve site after councillors gave early plans the green light.

It comes despite concerns from councillors and nearby Tylers Green Middle School about safety.

Outline plans for up to 109 homes for Ashwells field in Cock Lane were considered at Wycombe District Council’s planning meeting on Wednesday, May 22.

Jacqueline Davies, speaking on behalf of the school governors, said the Ashwells development - and the adjoining Gomm Valley plans for 1,000 homes - will have a “significant impact” on the safety of their families and children.

She said: “Our objections all relate to the safety of those using our school – this development will have a huge impact.

“Almost all construction traffic will have to go down Cock Lane, past the school. The school is on a small winding lane with limited visibility.”

Cllr Peter Miller, from Chepping Wycombe Parish Council echoed the concerns, adding that they “strongly object” to plans to widen Cock Lane to cope with extra traffic.

He said: “Our concern remains that widening Cock Lane will destroy the rural character and sense of place and add a considerable volume of traffic from High Wycombe”.

Neil Rowley from Savills, speaking for the plans, said they allow for more vital affordable housing.