“Greater Saunderton” proposal for further development

Wycombe District Council (WDC) has been running a public consultation on its proposal to build up to 1,000 homes in and around Saunderton Vale on land currently forming part of the greenbelt and Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.   Public meetings were held at the Clare Centre on 7th and 14th October, the public made their opposition to these plans very clear with a show of hands overwhelmingly opting for only developing the brown field Mollins site as one of three alternatives; the others being no development at all and the proposal for a much larger development.  The first meeting was reported in the Bucks Free Press.

The Parish Council has voiced its opposition to preparing an Area Action Plan both at the public meeting and at a private meeting with the WDC Task and Finish Group.  An Area Action Plan is usually used in urban areas to determine how an area should be developed, rather than whether development should happen at all.  The Parish Council has started developing a Neighbourhood Plan which will focus on how to manage development in the Parish while respecting the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  A decision on whether WDC wishes to proceed with the Area Action Plan is expected by mid-November.

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