A NEW development promising 63 houses and flats has been authorised by the council – despite fiery opposition and hundreds of objections.

Dandara Ltd has been granted conditional permission by Buckinghamshire Council for a series of new homes on Clappins Lane, in Naphill – even after ‘300 complaints’ and several councillors raged against it.

The development was approved during a West Buckinghamshire Area Planning Committee, on Tuesday, November 10.

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Kicking off the cases against Dandara’s proposal was Cllr David Carroll, who said building in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) was a “no-no”, adding: “We’ve had…I believe…up to 300 residents object to this in writing.”

Cllr Steve Broadbent fumed, describing the development as “inappropriate and overburdensome”.

Cllr Chris Whitehead reinforced the case for protecting areas of scenic beauty, saying: “The AONB is a hugely protected area, second only to national parks.

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“We should not be building 63 houses in the AONB. Beautiful though they may be – in fact, they’re not beautiful, they’re bl***y ugly. Excuse my language.

“They’re little Lego boxes with red roofs in a beautiful part of our country.

“This development has got everything wrong about it…I’m not going to vote for this.”

He requested the committee defer the “toy town” application until property designs could be scrutinised in more detail.

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However, by close of play, members voted in the majority to approve it.

Dandara will build 63 two-storey properties offering a mix of one, two, three, and four-bedroom houses and flats, 30 of which will be affordable.

It also plans for up to 156 parking spaces, some of which will be unallocated on the street.

Every house will have a private garden, while flats will have a patio or balcony.

The developer will install a new junction onto Clappins Lane providing site access, as well as footpaths, a new public space, and a play area.

Development director at Dandara, Chris Higgins, said work would commence “as soon as possible”.

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