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SENSE4CSP continues to work for the community of Chalfont St Peter. It is a non profit making organisation run by volunteers and we rely on your donations to continue our work.
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Chalfont St Peter,
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SL9 0QW

 

 

6th July 2019

Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan Consultation – Further Action required

Thank you to the 180+ people who attended the public open meeting on 26 June at Chalfont St Peter Community Centre. Even if you didn’t attend, we urge you to respond to the Local Plan consultation.
As discussed, the mechanism provided to respond to the Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan is challenging. However, contrary to our original understanding, we have been informed that responses can be made via letter or email. We have been advised that a petition is not appropriate at this point in the process as it will not be considered as a response to the consultation.

The four methods submitting a response are:

  • Letter or email addressed to Planning Policy Team, King George V House, Amersham. HP6 5AW or planning.policy@chilternandsouthbucks.gov.uk It’s vital that you include your name and address. Names are not published on the CDC’s website.

*We have converted the official PDF response form into Word format to help you complete and send your response electronically. This is available on the SENSE4CSP website (HERE). We recommend you respond using this form either manually or electronically, but if this is a challenge, you can post a letter or email your response to the address at bullet point four above.

As promised, the SENSE draft response is now available on the SENSE4CSP website (HERE). The committee are still working on the full text of the final draft, but the basic content should will remain the same. You are free to use the information to assist framing your response, however simply copying and pasting the text isn’t advisable, as we have been informed that this will count as a single response.

To assist you further, an aide memoir has been prepared giving suggested items you may wish to include and expand on (HERE). It isn’t necessary to write comments on all points; however we urge you to include that the Local Plan is unsound and not legally compliant. We also recommend that you include the statements at the final two bullet points. We hope that you will frame your response in your own words as multiple copied responses will be ineffective.

A summary of the Chalfont St Peter Parish Council’s response will be available shortly. We suggest you check their website in approximately two weeks if you wish to include additional points raised in their planning consultant’s report.

Access to the slides presented at the public meeting can be found (HERE). The text used to comment on the two sites can be found (HERE)

It is vital that as many CSP residents as possible respond to the consultation as the number of respondents will indicate to the inspector the strength of feeling towards the unsoundness and illegality of the Local Plan. Every individual within a household can send a response and we urge them to do so, even if their response only consists of a few points in their own words.

We trust the information provided will be useful when compiling your individual response and hopefully we have made the process as easy as possible. Please encourage your friends, neighbours and family to respond to the consultation.

PLEASE DO RESPOND
Closing Date for receipt of responses – midnight 19th July 2019

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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