Gomm Valley & Ashwells Development Brief, meeting with Wycombe District Council 20th June 2017
The full Report of the meeting and follow up with Penelope Tollitt, Head of Planning & Sustainability, is available. The final document will be presented to WDC Cabinet on 10th July and then to the Planning Inspector later in the year.
ASHWELLS DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS
In November 2016 the following comments agreed by the Ashwells Forum, which includes the PTG Residents Society, Chepping Wycombe Parish Council, County & District Councillors and neighbouring residents from Ashwells, Wheeler Avenue/Carter Walk, and Sandpits Lane, were submitted to Wycombe District Council as there were real concerns about the proposed development. The full document is available to read here.
Gomm Valley & Ashwells Development Brief, July 2016
Comments agreed & submitted in October 2016, by the Ashwells Forum which includes the PTG Residents Society, Chepping Wycombe Parish Council, County & District Councillors and neighbouring residents from Ashwells, Wheeler Avenue/Carter Walk, and Sandpits Lane
Wycombe District Council issue their Development Brief for the Gomm Valley & Ashwells developments, requesting residents submit comments by the end of October 2016. The Ashwells Forum agreed that the brief is well written, with excellent plans. We particularly welcome the intention to set aside in perpetuity the undeveloped land for a variety of uses and the proposed network of footpaths which we would like to see retain a rural feel rather than be given a tarmac surface.
However, when we compare these proposals with those on which we were consulted in 2014 we find a dramatic increase in the scale of development which alters the whole nature of the proposals.
- Parcel 9 has been added without any justification. We note sadly that it is Best and Most Versatile agricultural land.
- Parcel 11, has been added, despite being shown on Fig 3.12 as being in a more visible area of the site when looking from outside. It is also considerably higher ground than the existing Ashwells houses and so will overbear and overlook them.
- Parcels 7 & 8 have also been added for development and this reduces the separation between communities from the earlier 600m to less than 200m. This is not sufficient to achieve the ‘crucially important sense of separation’ required (5.4).the full document is available to read here: web-v-ashwells-development-brief-oct-16-002