Save the Green Belt fields of Chalfont St.Peter

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I am a resident of Chalfont St.Peter living in Chiltern Hill and elsewhere in Chalfont St.Peter for the last 21 years. My children have grown up here, my wife and I have many friends here. We love living here.

I am writing to you asking for your help. Some of the beautiful fields around Chalfont are under the threat of being removed from Green Belt protection, as proposed in the Local Plan.

http://www.chiltern.gov.uk/planning/localplan2014-2036

This Local Plan is now out to public consultation (DEADLINE 12th December 2016) and the removal of the current green belt protection may lead to planning permission for a site almost as large as the existing Chalfont Heights estate, with double as many houses.

I care passionately about the greater good for the residents of Chalfont St.Peter. I ran a boys’ football team at Chalfont Saints for six years; I was a uniformed Scout Leader in the village for several years; and I served on the Chalfont Heights committee for five years, as Chairman for some of that time. My wife worked as a school governor at the village infant school and we are staunch supporters of local businesses and events.

I genuinely enjoy meeting people around the village, seeing the pleasure they take and saying good morning as they walk their dogs (or just walking in our case!) around the fields detailed in:

Preferred OPTION 8 "Area South East of Chalfont St Peter"

(IMPORTANT TO QUOTE THIS WHEN YOU RESPOND)

adjacent to the Chalfont Heights estate. One of the fields contained within this Option is owned by Paccar Scout Camp - where I first visited Chalfont St.Peter as a Cub Scout 40 years ago, and fell in love with the place. It is for this reason that I am trying to raise awareness of the Local Plan amongst residents of Chalfont St.Peter, and to organise a peaceful petition to object to the proposal to remove these precious fields from Green Belt protection.

PLEASE PLEASE download, complete and return this form:

http://www.chiltern.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=8627&p=0

to register your own personal objection or using any one of the reasons stated here:


Removing the protection of Green Belt status should only ever be granted in EXCEPTIONAL circumstances. Building another 400 houses, on top of the large-scale developments already underway in the village, does not constitute an exceptional circumstance.


The infrastructure of Chalfont St Peter is already severely strained by the demands of increased traffic, sewerage, schooling and medical facilities caused by existing developments. Further housing development, enabled by removing Green Belt protection from this land, is not sustainable and would further exacerbate these problems.


The land targeted has been cynically classified as “semi rural”, in order to facilitate removal of Green Belt status. The fields in question are of natural beauty and are NOT “semi rural”, a misleading term chosen to imply that development would bring only minimal change.


The fields around Chalfont Heights are a significant and valued amenity for the local community, enjoyed not only by the residents of the Chalfont Height estate, but by dog walkers, ramblers and Scouts at Paccar Scout Camp. For these reasons we believe that these fields must be granted the extra protection of “VILLAGE GREEN SPACE” status.


The original refusal of planning permission by Chiltern District Council for Winkers Farm was because of its Green Belt status. Yet the same council is now contradicting itself by proposing to remove that same Green Belt protection from the fields next to it.


The fields around Chalfont Heights are protected by covenants specifically intended to provide a buffer of countryside to protect the rural character of the estate and to ensure that it can be enjoyed by ALL residents of Chalfont St Peter and the wider community by preventing urban sprawl.



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