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3rd June 2019

AT LEAST 560 NEW DWELLINGSON GREEN BELT LAND FOR CHALFONT ST PETER

The final stage of Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils’ new Local Plan identifies two substantial green belt sites in Chalfont St Peter for development.

Please attend an OPEN PUBLIC MEETING to find out more on

TUESDAY 25TH JUNE – CHALFONT ST PETER COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 7:30PM

South Bucks and Chiltern District Councils have after much delay produced the new Local Plan which identifies green belt and other sites for development for the period until 2036. The plan includes yet another large development quota in Chalfont St Peter. This means the loss of our precious green belt with new proposals even worse than initially thought with at least 560 new dwellings (certain landowners are arguing for more land to be released to build even more houses) on green belt land proposed in contravention of the Chalfont St Peter Neighbourhood Plan which was approved by local residents in a referendum. Once again Chalfont St Peter is allocated far more than its proper share of new development, despite many more sustainable and appropriate sites being easily identifiable elsewhere in the Chiltern and South Bucks District.

We are currently in a final consultation period which runs until 5pm on 19th July 2019. It is vital that residents of Chalfont St Peter have their views represented at this final stage of the proceedings prior to examination by an appointed Government Inspector. The impact on our village will be devastating. It could also mean the calamitous loss of the Scout Camp – an important local, national and international youth amenity.

The two sites are:

  • The developed part and also some undeveloped green fields on the Epilepsy Society site (at least 360 dwellings in addition to the Audley and Porthaven developments)

  • The area to the north of Chalfont Heights between Winkers Nightclub and Paccar Scout Camp (200 further dwellings)SEE MAP BELOW

Together with HS2, Holy Cross and the proposed motorway service station, Chalfont St Peter is under sustained development attack. Not so much a village, more an urban sprawl. But with traffic at a standstill and nowhere to park.

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The Local Plan consultation documents can be found at the planning section of the CDC website at http//www.chiltern.gov.uk/planning/localplan

Links to the CDC documents and further information about the consultation can be found on the SENSE website www.SENSE4CSP.org

A Parish Council and SENSE joint working party will give their views at the meeting and will be available to answer questions. This is the last stage of the Local Plan prior to examination by a planning Inspector. A petition to support the joint working party‘s representations will be available at the meeting for your signature.

This will have a significant impact on traffic, parking, schools, doctors, sewage, infrastructure and the character of our village.

IT WILL AFFECT ALL OF US WHICHEVER SIDE OF THE A413 YOU LIVE.


May 2019

OFFICIAL REPORT PROVES THAT DECISIONS BY CHILTERN DISTRICT COUNCIL TO DEVELOP THE NEIGHBOURING SITE WOULD RESULT IN THE NATIONALLY CHERISHED PACCAR SCOUT CAMP’S CLOSURE

The PACCAR Scout Camp (which is open to all official youth organisations not just The Scouts)  provides outdoor facilities for 50,000 children a year many of whom come from deprived areas. It is only one of 12 similar facilities in the UK and has been in Chalfont St Peter since the 1930s.  It allows Children to experience the wonder of camping in the outdoors giving them experiences they often remOFFICIAL REPORT PROVES THAT DECISIONS BY CHILTERN DISTRICT COUNCIL TO DEVELOP THE NEIGHBOURING SITE WOULD RESULT IN THE NATIONALLY CHERISHED PACCAR SCOUT CAMP’S CLOSURE

The PACCAR Scout Camp (which is open to all official youth organisations not just The Scouts)  provides outdoor facilities for 50,000 children a year many of whom come from deprived areas. It is only one of 12 similar facilities in the UK and has been in Chalfont St Peter since the 1930s.  It allows Children to experience the wonder of camping in the outdoors giving them experiences they often remember for the rest of their lives.  

The many organisations who use the site, locals who know it as well and MP Cheryl Gillan have all stated that  they do not want the facility to be negatively affected and have raised their concerns with CDC officers. The issue has also attracted interest in Westminster from MPs in other areas of the UK who constituents use the facility.  .      

CDC Officers have never doubted the value of the PACCAR facility and they have openly stated that they do not want it to be affected by development. However despite the best efforts of the volunteers who work at the camp,  CDC officers have not accepted that the site would be harmed by the development that they propose. 

CDC Officers have stated that their decisions are all evidence based and have asked the Scouts to prove that the facility would be affected. The attached report does just that, in fact the evidence obtained by the consultants shows a picture more extreme that the Scouts had forecast. The conclusion is clear. If the development goes ahead this precious facility of National importance will be lost.  The report runs to many pages but the executive summary at the front reaches a very clear conclusion 

"if the land under Option 8 were to be released from the Green Belt it would result in the closure of PACCAR Scout Camp" 

Click here to view the report


AUDLEY DENE NEW EXTENSION PLANS AT THE EPILEPSY SOCIETY IS GIVEN CONDITIONAL SUPPORT BY SENSE4CSP

Following an ill-considered application for residential housing in 2005, SENSE4CSP in 2011 supported Audley Retirement's first development scheme for high quality retirement housing on the Epilepsy Centre site. Now that a further application by Audley Retirement for more homes has been submitted, SENSE4CSP has had to consider the pros and cons.
The quality of the proposed development and type of use falls very much in line with the wishes of the Parish Council, SENSE and the majority of its supporters; however the large increase of footprint raises some concerns.
We are minded to support in principle the additional development on the site, but with some provisos. Please read our representations to Chiltern District Council by clicking here.

The historic Grange being destroyed 2016

The historic Grange being destroyed 2016


Our rural landscape is coming under sustained pressure as central government and developers are forcing us to accept more and more development. And now it seems they want our green belt too!

The poor quality of design and the density of these schemes are generally led by financial gain. Our cash strapped District Council are not minded to preserve heritage or push for aesthetic standards and sympathetic styling within these applications. Clearly we cannot expect to receive sensitive schemes from these development corporations – we must fight for it or we stand a very real risk of losing the amenity and essence of what once made our village special.

 

SENSE4CSP is an action group for Chalfont St Peter formed to fight for appropriate development in Chalfont St Peter. It is a non profit making organisation run by volunteers and we rely entirely on donations and the hard work of a few individuals to continue our work.

Working together with our Parish Council and our residents we have made a stand to fight insensitive planning applications and lack of representation from our District Council. We have had a few successes and some failures, but the fight continues.

We urge our residents to help us in any way that you can, whether by making a donation, helping us to deliver leaflets, writing representation letters to the planning department or by simply staying informed.

 
 

 
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SENSE4CSP and your Parish Council working in partnership for a better deal for Chalfont St Peter