24-May-2021

Local Elections -

Results

The Chesham TC results are given here. The council composition is now

Conservative 13
Liberal Democrat 4
Labour 1
Green 1

 

Petition

The Chess Valley Surfing Association urge you to sign this petition, to protest against the continuing pollution of the river by the Chesham Sewage (mis)Treatment Works

Consultations

Statement of Community Involvement - Extended to 6th April

The purpose of a Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) is to explain how we will involve local communities at each stage of the planning process. Creating and publishing an SCI is a legal requirement for all planning authorities.

See this page for advice on how to respond to these proposals

Biodiversity Accounting (ended 19-Mar)

A new law will soon require that relevant planning applications consider biodiversity needs. They will need to include information about how the development will maintain and increase on-site biodiversity.
Along with other measures, we have drafted a ‘Biodiversity Accounting Supplementary Planning Document’. We are introducing the document in Buckinghamshire because we want to start applying this change ahead of the legal requirement. 

Call for Brownfield Sites - Extended to 6th April

The Council is starting work on the new Buckinghamshire Local Plan (BLP), which will allocate sites for development in the period up to 2040. 
In order to reduce the amount of greenfield land required for development, we want to identify potentially suitable brownfield sites for housing and commercial development.


Mora Walker

      We are sorry to inform you of the death of our good friend and fellow committee member, Mora Walker, on 5 January. Mora, whose 90th birthday we marked last year, was a true pillar of the community who worked tirelessly for the town and its people since moving to Chesham as a young bride in the 1950s.
      Many will remember Mora as a local Councillor, and during her long tenure she was twice elected Mayor of Chesham. Moreover she was instrumental in establishing a town museum and remained to this day its Honorary President. Her many other posts are too numerous to mention here but her friends on The Chesham Society committee were delighted when, in 2019, she was made an Honorary Freeman of the Town of Chesham in recognition of her long service to local government, her healthcare work, and for her voluntary work to safeguard the heritage of Chesham. We will be including a special tribute to Mora in the next issue of Focus.

 

Christmas Cheer

2020 has certainly been a challenging year for everyone. Despite this, the Rotary Club of Chesham is delighted to announce that Santa's Sleigh will be visiting Chesham during the festive period to give our younger (and older) residents something to look forward to and continue this annual tradition. See this page for more information, or donate here.

Covid-19

Here we go again. Chesham Connect have put out a list of shops - open, takeaway & online.

Planning Issues

See our planning page for news of our new planning forum and Email list.

AGM

Minutes of the 2020 AGM are now available - here

Local Plan

The Society has joined CPRE Bucks and Brown not Green in sugggesting that the current Local Plan be withdrawn - see our Campaigns page.

Unitary Authority

"I am persuaded that the right course of action is to establish a new single unitary district council for Buckinghamshire"

James Brokenshire 
(Secretary of State for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government)

See Statement to the House & article. Bucks CC were pleased, others, less so.  

If Parliament approves the legislation then the new unitary council will be established on 1 April 2020 with the first elections to the council held on 7 May 2020.

Chesham Renaissance

have released the results of the consultation on their Masterplan. Download the full report (92 pages), or the rather shorter executive summary.

Brown not Green

have achieved their target to fund legal representation at the enquiry into the new local plan (now delayed again) - see their latest Newsletter.

Bucks CC - a Unitary Authority ?

The Secretary of State, Sajid Javid, has announced in parliament that he is "minded" to implement Buckinghamshire County Council's proposal to replace the existing five (county + 4 district) councils in Bucks with a single county-wide unitary. He has asked for comments, to be submitted by 25th May (Email)

Bucks CC are in favour of a single unitary authority, to replace all four existing district councils - described here - while the districts favour two unitaries - one for Aylesbury Vale, another for Chiltern, High Wycombe and South Bucks - described here.

See this statement issued by the four district councils, this statement from Bucks CC, and this from Cheryl Gillan. Strangely, there is no mention of the proposed Chilterns National Park - which would have planning responsibilities for most of the new southern unitary authority.

Housing and Infrastructure: Chilterns

An Adjournment debate (on 9th Jan) during which Cheryl Gillan raised issues relating to the protection of the AONB, including housing pressures, HS2 and the Oxford-Cambridge corridor proposals

Brown not Green

are appealing for funds to retain a specialist barrister - see their News page ( & donate !)

BNG now urges the Chesham Community to contribute towards funding professional opposition to these unsubstantiated and damaging proposals for Chesham"

Chalk, Chairs & Cherries

The Chilterns Conservation Board are working on a major Landscape Partnership Scheme to help improve and look after wildlife, the Chilterns landscape and our local heritage. See the Chalk, Chairs & Cherries page for more information, and take this survey to let them know what you would like to see.

Chesham Masterplan

If you missed the Town Hall launch (4th Nov) - see the Masterplan website for details of the proposals, and the Questionnaire ( to December 2017 ?)

Focus on the Chess

Presentations from the Chess Association meeting (of 24th October) can be found here, and their press release regarding record low flows, here.

Bucks CC Development Management Consultation

"The draft ‘Development Management Policy: Managing the transport and travel impact of new developments’ aims to make sure that growth happens in the right way. Its policies will inform new developments and ensure they meet Buckinghamshire’s needs."

The policy documents provide a checklist for developers to follow, to "ensure their residual cumulative (transport) impacts are not severe" - which seems a fairly modest objective.

‘Transport Assessments and Statements can be used to establish whether the residual transport impacts of a proposed development are likely to be “severe”, which may be a reason for refusal, in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework.’ (p24)

A large number of developments each with moderate impact is all right ?

There is a rather short survey (deadline 25th September), which refers throughout to 'The Policy', although the consultation document lists 31 separate policies. "Do you agree that having this policy will make new developments better places to live, work and relax? " Read the document, fill in the survey and let them know.

Improvements at Chesham Sewage Works (soon ?)

Thames Water are carrying out improvements to the Chesham Sewage Treatment Works on Latimer Road in the near future (more)

June 2017 General Election

5 candidates contested Chesham and Amersham -

See GetBucks or mySociety for more details of the candidates.

Party Manifestos and policies relating to HS2, AONB and Green Belt development and the Environment can be found on the HS2 Amersham site.

Cheryl Gillan held the seat, with a (slightly) increased vote (results).

May 2017 County Election

See this page for the results in each (Bucks CC) ward (Chesham ward here).

Brown not Green have obtained statements from the four Chesham candidates, regarding the proposed Green Belt development at Lye Green.

River Chess Association

Some progress with Chesham sewage works - see press release

CDC 'Green Belt' consultation

This has now closed. Watch this space for future developments.

yourChesham

The documents referred to on page 11 of the December (2016) issue are not actually on this website, but can probably be reached from our Local Plan pages. They are

The traffic figures on page 14 are from the Local Plan modelling support document, pages 13-14 for Chesham:-

(Any organisation quoting percentages to 2 decimal places, on a 20 year traffic projection, clearly has a limited understanding of the accuracy their results) That said, the prediction does not look promising for the town.

Local plan

Latest Newsletter from 'Brown not Green' (Lye Green residents) - including help in responding to the latest consultation on use of Green Belt land for housing

See also forthcoming meetings, and the Local Plan page

HS2 - latest

See Campaigns page for a review of 2015, and current status

The Chesham Society mentioned in Parliament -

Our MP Cheryl Gillan mentioned the work of the Society, in connection with the traffic data released in support of latest amendments to the Hybrid Bill (AP4) - see "HS2 mismanagement and mistakes", (or They Work for You entry)