OUTRAGED locals are calling for Beaconsfield’s long-awaited relief road to be finished before any further homes are built.

Beaconsfield Town Council said a planning application by Inland Homes Limited is “untenable” because a part of the A355 relief road built last year remains ‘unopened’, adding the developer will not ‘uphold its end of the deal in future’.

Outline planning permission for 304 homes at the Wilton Park site was granted in 2017.

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This recent application is concerned with the ‘layout, scale, appearance, landscaping and access’ of 147 homes proposed under the first and second phase of development – and in enabling completion of the southern section of the relief road.

Of those properties, 40 would be affordable (11 affordable rent; 29 shared ownership).

However, some 79 affordable homes are proposed overall, as is a financial contribution of more than £3 million to health, education and transport services.

As part of phase one and two, Inland Homes will demolish 40 houses on land adjacent to Maude Road to make way for the relief road; create walking and cycle routes via Minerva Way; and use land near Dupre Crescent and south of Gorrell Road for the 147 properties.

The new homes will consist of one, two, three, four and five-bedroom houses and apartments.

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Council documents mention a majority of two-story properties in detached, semi-detached and terraced forms, but that six ‘three and four-storey apartments would act as a gateway to the site’.

Communal space, sports pitches, a new nursery, a café, and retailers are included in the wider scheme, according to council documents.

Since phase one of the relief road (from the A40 Pyebush roundabout to the northern boundary of the Wilton Park site) was granted, the part closest to the roundabout has been completed.

Some 19 objection letters have been received in relation to this latest application, each from separate households.

“This planning application…is untenable because the relief road that was built last year has not been opened and it would seem there is no intention by the developer to complete their side of the deal in the future,” said Beaconsfield Town Council.

“Beaconsfield is about to be subjected to a mass of construction traffic from HS2 that was supposed to travel down the relief road.

“Residents in the town, and those living on London End and down the A355, are concerned about the noise, pollution and damage that up to 400 lorries a day will do to their properties and health.

“We strongly urge that a condition is placed for the completion of the relief road prior to any further houses being built.”

Buckinghamshire Council has already built its portion of the relief road, but Inland Homes CEO Stephen Wicks criticised them for building it “too early”, adding that their own section is not expected to be finished for around four more years.

Councillors will convene at a South Buckinghamshire Area Planning Committee on Tuesday, December 22, to debate whether to defer the application for approval, subject to a financial contribution towards the Burnham Beeches Special Area of Conservation.

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