Do you think the parking and services in our village could cope with at least 700 but up to 1,000 more families?
Be part of our campaign and stand firm. It’s not too late to stop the district councils and take your lead from the Little Chalfont Coordination Group!
The Community Association and the Parish Council arranged a public meeting at:
Kings Church, Raans Road, Amersham HP6 6LX at 7.30pm on Thursday 18th January
If you missed this meeting it is not too late to get involved so please read on.
Approaching 500 people attended the public meeting.
In explaining their support for the direction of travel of the emerging Local Plan, our district councillors, Don Phillips and Peter Martin covered the complexities of the process and the pressures from the government. There was a robust Q & A session and they were left in no doubt about the strength of the community's opposition to the development plans for Little Chalfont.
While we all learnt something that evening we believe that nothing new came to light that reduced the resolve of those attending to fight on to have PO6 removed from the options and therefore the mandate to carry on challenging was unaffected.
Photography by John Harrison
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What Are the Government Plans, how will this affect our Village Community?
Government planning policy requires proof of ‘exceptional circumstances’ to justify removal of the land from the Green Belt. No convincing case for such circumstances has been produced. Our site performs well against the official purposes of the Green Belt, it is not clear how the plan’s authors selected their ‘preferred options’ (including our site) from the much larger range of Green Belt across the Chiltern and South Bucks which they originally assessed.
In their current ‘Core Strategy’ Chiltern District Council announce their ‘strategic spatial issues’. One is ‘How to Maintain and Improve the high quality environment of our towns, villages and countryside’. How can a small village like Little Chalfont (about 2,800 homes) survive a 30% increase and retain that high quality? In the last few years we have already undergone disproportionate development by comparison with Amersham, Chesham and Chalfont St Peter.
There is no suitable vehicle access to the site.
Present plans are ‘Principal vehicular access to be off Burtons Lane with scope to provide an alternative or improved access to the existing employment uses. Limited access and alteration to Lodge Lane as to retain its country lane character and incorporated into the landscape buffer with the Chilterns AONB’.
Neither road is suitable for the traffic load it would have to take, or as an access for that traffic to the village and main road. The Burtons Lane/A404 junction in the village would become impossibly congested. In our view any access from the development to Lodge Lane would cause Lodge Lane to be heavily trafficked.
IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO STOP THE COUNCIL, BUT YOU NEED TO GET INVOLVED NOW THERE IS STILL TIME TO INFLUENCE THEM
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