Plans to build 36 new homes on a field have been put to the council – but locals have concerns about access.

Nicholas King Homes has submitted to Bucks Council a planning application for land to the rear of Lane End Pumping Station (Chalky Fields), on Marlow Road.

Plans detail the ‘construction of 17 two-bed, 14 three-bed, and five four-bed homes’ – 36 in total.

Bucks Free Press:

Nicholas King Homes' plans

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There will be a mix of houses, and a three-storey apartment building, documents indicate. Up to 17 affordable homes will be provided.

Up to 74 parking spaces and 68 cycle bays are also proposed.

The site, currently used for agricultural purposes, is accessed from Marlow Road, but will be accessed from Chalky Field, a residential cul-de-sac, a report states.

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The applicant said 145 leaflets were dropped at local addresses and residents were given 21 days to respond.

Ward councillors, Lane End Parish Council, and a nearby shop were also notified.

Of the responses received, many raised concerns about access.

Pre-application advice in August 2020 stated: “Whilst your initial ideas demonstrate a number of merits, there is a clear conflict [re] the extent of development southwards.

“There may be a case to be made for a departure from this, but that case has not yet been set out.”

It added: “The design and layout ideas shared at this stage show a number of positives, but these will of course require further testing and refinement.”

A planning statement reads: “The proposal was progressed from the pre-application stage to the proposed development to include a swale, which connects the retained and enhanced pond to a woodland glade and community orchard, on the south-eastern part of the site.”

The applicant is now awaiting a decision from Bucks Council.

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