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There is a new, considerably revised, planning application just now submitted for the Holy Cross site.

The application number is CH/2010/0293/OA. There's a notice at both entrances to the site, and it can be viewed at the CDC Planning web site.  
 
It is an outline (i.e. can be changed after approval) application for 198 new dwellings, a considerable reduction on the earlier volumes, which is something of a victory for the pressure so many people have put on Chiltern District Council.  Nearly 70 of these new dwellings would be designated as 'affordable housing', about twice as many as the requirement indicated in the village survey.
 
An important consideration is that the playing fields would be retained under the new proposals (although moved within the site) - another victory for SENSE and the Parish Council, who had successfully asked Sport England to intervene in respect of playing field resources.  
 
In addition, and as before, a new care home is included (without any measured evidence base for the need), and the previous 'community use resource' (which was subsequently confirmed as a new church) has now been dropped.
 
This is still too many new dwellings to match the requirements expressed by residents in the village survey, and at too high a density, so there is still some fighting to be done.  The preferred option, a school land site swap, is still being pursued by the Parish Council.
 
At the site under the new proposals, the chapel would remain but the Grange building itself would be demolished - lost forever. 
 
Access: there is reference to altered access in Gold Hill East and Lower Road, but no detail is provided.
 
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Thank you very much for letting us know.
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Yes - very informative, and moving in the right direction - thank you.

Could someone from SENSE pls let us know the best way to respond to this latest planning application?

Where does this put the chances of the Middle School moving onto the site?
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Hopefully everyone will by now have received a notice from CDC about the revised planning application, please do not resign yourselves to these half baked reductions, they mean nothing - in reality nothing has changed, the application is still an outline application and the ultimate developer will still try to push quantities up as high as possible, the details listed in the application are more or less irrelevant.

We need a full application and not an outline application. We must object to the 3 accesses they propose and the principal of any development on the site.

We haven't managed to put our heads together about this yet, but addressing the details, irrelevant though they are, personally my thoughts are as follows:

They really have done little to appease the village, they have offered us the chapel as a token gesture - what use is that to us? I'm sure we would all rather have the Grange Manor preserved, bearing in mind we have three perfectly good churches in the village already. The dwelling quantities have been reduced by 34 units - not enough, densities are still high and low cost housing is at 35%. It's still a village within a village and would fundamentally effect the amenity of Chalfont St Peter, putting unsustainable pressure on our services, and local facilities. We continue to question why is our village being used as a housing dump for the District - Great Missenden, Heath End and Prestwood are receiving no strategic development sites which would result in low cost housing, despite occupying a larger area and a similar population to CSP as well as a train link to London when we have none.
Our main focus has been to encourage a land swap deal with the middle school, this still has not been considered, despite all manner of pleas and requests from villagers, parents, the diocese, teachers and governors.

We will endeavour to give you some clear objection points, but personally off the top of my head, I would consider the following in order of importance:

Saved policies CSF2 which stipulates retention of community facilites (schools) and R10 which stipulates retention of open spaces both not complied with.
An outline planning application is not suitable for such a large development.
The entrance at the top of Market Place is very dangerously located next to an already dangerous junction.
The build out on the lower road is still wholly unsuitable for such a busy road.
Wishes of residents as outlined in the village survey still not taken into account.
Still too many houses.
Still too high a density.
We don't want or need a chapel, we would like the Grange Manor saved and not the chapel.
We don't want or need a care home.
We have asked over and over for a land swap deal for the school yet despite offers from parents to buy the school, offers from Bucks County Council to discuss, these have all been ignored by the Sisters.

On another note, here’s some food for thought. When Sports England made their wish to object clear earlier this year, Carole Castle(CDC's chief planning officer) stood up at a CDC meeting and said that Sports England had been ‘lobbied’ to object. That is a completely outrageous statement and reveals that she is totally biased in favour of this development and the applicant. The Sports England Objection was made on the basis of a lack of Sports Facilities and to suggest that it’s an underhand tactic by Chalfont St Peter Residents, The PC, or SENSE is highly unprofessional. Why would she say that ?  It’s also insulting to Sports England, suggesting that they only act if they are told what to do by pressure groups. The objection was clearly valid, hence the retaining of the sports field.
It's a worrying prospect that our District Council officers should be working together with developers and landowners against the wishes of residents.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Number42 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 June 2011 at 9:28am
Some of you will have seen the press release about a Judicial Review. For the latest on this saga, visit the SENSE stand at the Feast Day.
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Hello!

I haven't seen a press release I don't think. What were the highlights or where can I view it? Thanks a lot
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