04:28PM, Tuesday 28 June 2016
New plans that could see hundreds of homes built in Wooburn and Bourne End have received short shrift.
The proposals, which are in the latest draft of the Wycombe District Local Plan, are targeting up to 750 new homes in the two villages.
As many as 500 of these could be at Hollands Farm, between Bourne End and Hedsor.
More than 150 could be built at Slate Meadow, off Stratford Drive, which has been designated a reserve site for potential future development since 1989.
However, since the latest version of the scheme, which is supposed to act as a framework for planning policy in the district up to 2033, was released, people living in the villages have been quick to show their opposition.
Penny Drayton, of Hawks Hill, started the Don’t Destroy Bourne End Facebook group in response to the plans, which, at the time of writing had gained almost 800 followers in just over a week.
She said: “One of the big issues is that they’re downgrading greenbelt land, the point of which is to protect our open spaces and prevent urban sprawl.
“And by downgrading it, it sets even more of a precedent for doing it again.
“It just means that the greenbelt means nothing if it can be gotten rid of whenever the council wants to.”
In the foreword to the draft plan, Wycombe District Council (WDC) claims it needs to build about 15,000 homes by 2033, of which it hopes the proposals set out in the document will be able to provide two thirds, with the rest provided by Aylesbury Vale District.
It hopes to be able to site half of these on brownfield sites.
A public consultation on the scheme was officially launched by WDC on Monday and is set to run until Monday, August 8.
A drop-in information session where people can find out more has been scheduled for Friday, July 8, at the Bourne End Community Centre, in Wakeman Road, from 2.30pm until 8.30pm.
The Don’t Destroy Bourne End Group will be holding its own event to discuss the proposals on Monday, July 11, at the same venue from 8pm.
Visit www.wycombe.gov.uk/newlocalplan to view the latest draft of the plan.
Visit www.wycombe.gov.uk/haveyoursay to register comments on the scheme.
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