A NEWLY-formed residents’ association has raised concerns over proposals for more than 500 new homes in “one of the most peaceful and rural parts” of High Wycombe.

Daws Hill Residents’ Association has been set up by people concerned at the future of the RAF site there.

It is currently being offered for sale to developers by the Ministry of Defence, and Association chairman Angus Laidlaw said Wycombe District Council had “appeared to give its blessing” to plans for new homes on the site at the authority’s Cabinet meeting last month.

He said that, under the proposals, over 500 homes would be built in an area not equipped to cope with them.

Mr Laidlaw said in a letter to the Bucks Free Press: “Access to the huge new development - likened by one local Councillor to ‘a new village’ - would be obtained via Daws Hill Lane, a charming tree-lined country lane for most of the time, but one which turns itself into a nightmare of traffic at peak periods and school delivery and collection times.

“Anyone who has experienced the local roads at such times will know that they cannot take any more traffic, let alone a development more than twice the size of the existing local community.

“Daws Hill Residents will therefore be very active in the coming months, holding District and County Council representatives to account and seeking early meetings with any prospective developers to let them know what will, and what will not, be acceptable locally.”

He added: “We urge not only local residents, whose peaceful existence is at stake, but also anyone who has been caught up in the dangerous daily traffic chaos in this area, to support us.”