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    Posted: 01 February 2010 at 8:20pm
As you probably all know by now, all of the proposed development plans being imposed by Chiltern District Council on Chalfont St Peter will be subject to a mandatory inclusion of a minimum of 40% so called 'low cost housing'.

Sounds great doesn't it? Does this mean that all of your elderly parents or children will now be able to buy a house in Chalfont St Peter and live on your doorstep?

Absolutely not! Chiltern District Council have been dangling this carrot as an incentive for us to approve their housing schemes, read into it and you will find that:

• 70% of the 'low cost housing' will actually be rented accommodation and not available to buy - so really it should not be termed as low cost housing at all. These rental homes will go straight onto housing association waiting lists and made immediately available to people from outside the area. As well as some key workers, these lists include single parent families, asylum seekers, foreign queue jumpers and long term unemployed - people that they cannot house elsewhere, these schemes are specifically designed to appease central government's requirement to fill that shortfall.

• 30% (the remainder) of the 'low cost housing' will be shared ownership housing, also for people from outside of Chalfont St Peter. The deal is that they buy their share, but will never be able to own the house outright, the state will retain it's share to keep the house on the waiting list.

So the statement that these homes will help local people and key workers to get on the property ladder is complete nonsense, the term 'low cost housing' is a lie and it's scandalous that it is included in this context.

The remaining market housing on the sites will actually be subsidising these local authority houses, so effectively this will be pushing house prices up! Not exactly the pretty picture that CDC would have us believe.

It is important that everyone knows about the implications of these developments, it is all about exploitation, there is nothing in the Draft Core Strategy that will be contributing anything to the village or to the people of the village. Our green spaces are an easy target and unless we ALL say an emphatic NO to these plans, they will be pushed through and Chalfont St Peter will become a dumping ground for all kinds of humanity.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 February 2010 at 8:50pm
Low cost housing, over-development, new high speed rail line and Heathrow expansion.

We've decided that we're moving by the end of the year.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 February 2010 at 12:56pm
Originally posted by SENSE SENSE wrote:

The remaining market housing on the sites will actually be subsidising these local authority houses, so effectively this will be pushing house prices up! Not exactly the pretty picture that CDC would have us believe.
 
How true, not only will it make the houses for sale on the new development more expensive, that in turn will push up the price of every other property in CSP.... (OK if you are selling and moving out!)
 
These are the bits that they leave out of the bandwagon hype that is far to often used nowadays.
 
It's about time they actually fixed the real problem and removed the need for more housing within a 75 radius of London, in fact a 20% reduction would be good!. 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 February 2010 at 1:45pm
Originally posted by Pants 2 Tight Pants 2 Tight wrote:

Low cost housing, over-development, new high speed rail line and Heathrow expansion.

We've decided that we're moving by the end of the year.


it won't be long before we all get UB postcodes
we already have red buses and the met police in chalfont.
move out to wendover, quick!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 February 2010 at 2:55pm
Originally posted by oldchris oldchris wrote:

move out to wendover, quick!!
 
And the rest! Wendover won't be much better.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 February 2010 at 3:19pm
don't say that - i'm looking at a house there on saturday !!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 February 2010 at 4:06pm
wendover and area are nice.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 February 2010 at 6:10pm
Very good Italian restaurant in Wendover too: Rossini's.
That's the answer - what's the question?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 February 2010 at 12:18pm
I was thinking Wendover as well.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 February 2010 at 12:56pm
I was thinking North Yorkshire or Northumberland.
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