Another Green Belt grab ?


The application has attracted 115 letters - none (of those that I have read) are in favour. Objections have been received from

The Determination Deadline is listed as 17th July, and so it is likely that the decision will be made at the Chiltern District planning meeting on 12th July.


Denton Homes have submitted an outline planning application (CH/2018/0659/OA) for up to 99 dwellings on a field between Asheridge Road, Darvell Drive and Berkley Avenue. The proposed development is on Green Belt land, and within the Chilterns AONB. The developer seeks to justify this proposal by reference to the proposed inclusion of Green Belt land at Ley Hill in the local plan -

8.34 We note that the emerging Local Plan currently includes a site North East of Chesham as a preferred option for release from the Green Belt and allocation for development. In terms of key principles, this indicates the Council’s views regarding the sustainability of Chesham for development.

(Planning Statement)

Proposed Site Plan

This application follows the granting of conditional permission for 142 residential units at 90 Asheridge Road, and a further 30 units at the Enterprise Centre (at the junction of Asheridge Road and Hivings Hill), all of which will increase traffic on Bellingdon and Townsend Roads, and cause further congestion at their junctions with the A416.

The Chiltern District local plan consultation showed widespread opposition to housing development on Green Belt land. The Society urges all Chesham residents to submit an objection to this application to the planning committee (by 5th June) - see the Brown not Green newsletter for further information on how to respond.