27-July-2018

Campaigns

See also our HS2 pages and Guide to Local Government

Nashleigh Hill

PL/18/2066/FA: Demolition of existing buildings, erection of three blocks containing 91 dwellings, associated vehicular access, car parking, landscaping and engineering works.  ( Global Infusion Court Preston Hill Chesham Buckinghamshire HP5 3HE)

High Rise, high density, but on a brownfield site. 20 min walk from Sainsburys. Where is the infrastructure ?

Green Belt

Parliamentary Questions

You may be interested in the Parliamentary Questions submitted by Crispin Blunt on behalf of the Green Belt APPG, and the minister's answers, concerning Local Plan 'soundness', 'Objectively Assessed Need' and 'exceptional circumstances' (London Green Belt Council)

See also, Westminster Hall debate -

"The draft revised framework remains committed to that protection. It states that changing green belt boundaries is possible only in exceptional circumstances, using the local plan process of consultation and rigorous examination by the Planning Inspectorate. It proposes a clarification of the exceptional circumstances test and sets out that a strategic plan-making authority will be able to alter a green belt boundary only if it can show that it has examined all other reasonable options for meeting the development needs it identified. "

Kit Malthouse Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Lets see how that works out ...

 

Asheridge Road

A new application has been submitted to build up to 99 dwellings on Green Belt land off Asheridge Road, in the AONB - details...

Petition

Please sign and share this petition to parliament so that we can keep the issue of the Green Belt in the public eye and in the minds of our elected MPs.

Click here for the petition

You can also support Brown not Green financially - funds will be used to pay for independent specialist professional and legal planning advice to represent Brown Not Green Chesham Ltd in the planning inquiry process or at any judicial review if necessary.

See this page for a report and videos of the meeting (October 2017) arranged by Brown not Green, and their Press Release The 'New methodology" refered to in that press release is the subject of the next item.

Objectively Assessed Nonsense

Rt Hon Sajid Javid made an oral statement to the house, launching a consultation on assessing housing need -

"If we’re going to get the right number of homes built in the right places we need an honest, open, consistent approach to assessing local housing need."

The consultation closed on 9th Nov - here is our response.

Threats to London’s Green Belt double

(A report "The accelerating loss of London’s Green Belt – who is to blame?" by the London Green Belt Council)

Richard Knox-Johnston, LGBC Chair says: "This year’s data shows we were correct in 2016 to predict there would be a further increase in threats. While Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG ) spokespeople referred to our  ‘Safe Under Us’  report last year as containing ‘speculative and misleading’ data, our research proves that, if anything, we under-reported the scale of Green Belt threats.

Catherine Maguire, LGBC Campaigner explains: “DCLG figures claim only a small loss to the Green Belt nationally from 2016-2017. This dramatically understates the problem as it only takes account of development that has already happened, rather than the development that is planned which is shown in our research.”

Brownfield Sites Consultation (Closed)

Chiltern & S. Bucks councils are producing (and consulting on) a BrownField Sites register. A Brownfield Register lists all brownfield sites which are deemed potentially ‘suitable’, ‘available’, and ‘achievable’ to deliver residential led development of 5 or more dwellings. The Councils must produce a Register for each Council area by 31st December 2017.

Local Plan

We are now raising funds to support the Chesham Society’s activities responding the up-coming consultations - the second consultation - for the new Chiltern District Plan 2014 – 2036. This is underway and Society is taking a very active role [along with Chesham Town Council – Chesham is sure to get a significant share of the 7,300 new houses for the district, there is little mention of increased infrastructure - we must protect our commercial base and not encroach on the greenbelt. The Society will be pursuing the eight Visions for Chesham it proposed in the first consultation in March this year.

See this page, for information about the Chiltern District Local Plan, and the Chesham Society response to the first (Spring 2016) consultation.

The organisation Brown not Green has been formed to resist the proposed Green Belt development at Lye Green.

HS2

See our HS2 page for the societies position regarding HS2, and for information about REPA, the Residents Environmental Protection Association. For all the latest news about HS2 in the Chilterns, see the HS2 Amersham Action Group site .

Donations

        Our  HS2 account is used to promote local activities undertaken both by the Society and other local groups, and to fund national organisations seeking to halt HS2. If you are able to make a donation to support the campaign, and are a UK taxpayer, please complete a copy of this form, so the society can recover Gift Aid on your donation.

Church Street - Lorry Ban ?

The photograph shows a daily situation which occurs in Church Street, Chesham, a well used through route to the Missendens, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, the county town of Aylesbury and beyond.
Much larger vehicles than those shown regularly force their way through the Old Town and the dogleg opposite the Queen’s Head. There is no obvious means of bypassing this bottle neck but the situation is set to worsen dramatically when traffic is displaced from the A413 through Chesham streets as a result of HS2 construction - both non-construction traffic and traffic to and from construction compounds.
A possible mitigation of this problem could be the imposition of weight restrictions on this busy town route to force heavier vehicles away from this old and well established Chiltern Town in the valley.


Would you be prepared to support such a proposal by writing to Bucks C.C. - Ann-Marie Davies, Transport Localities Team Leader, Aylesbury Vale Area Office, Griffin Lane, Aylesbury HP19 ? The initial response from county is not encouraging - more pressure is required to change their minds.