In June 2016, Wycombe District Council launched a consultation on its Local Plan which includes a proposal to build an extra 750 houses through Bourne End and Wooburn Green primarily on Greenbelt land.
The areas proposed are Hollands Farm and a section of land next to Northern Heights (in Bourne End) which would be downgraded from Greenbelt to make development possible. The previously downgraded Greenbelt land of Slate Meadow (currently dividing Bourne End and Wooburn) would also be used for development.
There are a number of reasons why we are campaigning against this proposal:
- Infrastructure for the villages and all surrounding areas is already under considerable strain and will not be able to cope with the significant increase in population (e.g the road system, schooling, services for the elderly, medical services).
- There is no evidence that all of the brownfield land in the area has been fully exploited, which should be prioritised over Greenbelt land.
- No economic, social or environmental assessments have been made of the impact the development would have (for example, on the local wildlife, pollution levels and local employment); all of which are required by the Government's National Planning Policy Framework.
- The development will result in urban sprawl which is exactly what the Greenbelt was designed to prevent.
We are petitioning for this proposal to be withdrawn, at least until the necessary work to underpin it has been completed, and for alternative locations to be found, either on brownfield sites or a site which isn't Greenbelt and could cope with the increase of houses and population.