Venue: The Clare Foundation, Saunderton
Apologies for Absence
To receive apologies for absence.
Apologies for absence were received from
Councillors Ms S Adoh and J Savage.
Declarations of Interest
Welcome from the Chairman
The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting
and outlined the agenda for the evening.
The Chairman made a short presentation
Introduction to the Issues
To receive an introduction
to the issues by a WDC Planning Officer.
Penelope Tollitt, Head of Planning and
Sustainability, WDC, made a presentation setting out the facts and
issues to be considered at the meeting.
For information, the presentation is attached to the Minutes.
Representations from the Floor
Discussion and feedback from the floor.
The following people made representations to
the panel –
Councillor Carl Etholen
Mr Steven Reading
Mr Adrian Honeybill
Mr Patrick Voss
Mr Mick Philpott
Mr Nick Phillips
Mr Steve Heggie
Mr Jeff Strathdee
Ms Rachel Langham
Ms Amanda Whyte
Mrs Clare Blamey
Mr John Landon
Mr Derek Stone
Mr Phil Greenhalgh
Mrs Pat Eycott
Mr David Jarman (CPRE)
Ms Sam Sutton
Mrs Hilary Watson
Mrs Sue Brown
Mr Andy Weston
Mr Carl Moogan
Mr Alex Ramsden
Mrs June Butler
Mr Peter Smith
Mr Teif Jones
During those representations, the following
points and questions were raised –
- That the Local Area Action Plan be
dropped in favour of a Neighbourhood Plan as this would give
greater control on where housing developments were located within
the Parish of Bledlow-cum-Saunderton.
- With the potential of an increase of
1000 extra houses, there would be an increase of up to 2000
additional vehicles on the already congested roads. Because of the
narrow bridges on Haw Lane and Slough Lane, greater bottlenecks
would occur, leading to traffic jams and tailbacks at peak
- There were only 47 parking spaces at
the railway station. With more people driving to the station this
would have an impact on the surrounding roads as commuters would
need to park there.
- An acute lack of healthcare
facilities such as GP surgeries or dental practices in the area,
which are already at capacity.
- Loss of employment sites, in
particular the Molins site and West’s Yard and if developed
for housing, Saunderton would become more of a dormitory
- The train station would remain,
whatever happened to the population. There was a call for Chiltern
Rail to improve the station as commuters not only travelled to
London, but also travelled north.
- That WDC had a legal obligation to
have regard of the AONB; the purpose was to conserve the natural
beauty of the area – this also applied to the Green
- What other feasibility studies had
been undertaken in relation to the Molins brownfield site?
- That people who live in towns and
cities, such as London, often travel out of town to the AONB to
appreciate the area.
- Where would the residents of the
1000 extra houses work as there were no job opportunities
- That the Molins application was
disproportionate to the area.
- A resident from Letchworth whose
partner lived in Bishops Stortford stated that the latter town
protected its AONB and had not seen much development although had
seen the destruction of the Bishops Stortford as a market town
which, in turn, had destroyed the character of the town due to 4
and 5 storey buildings being built within the town itself. However,
he stated that unpleasant solutions had to be sought
- That development would be
unsustainable and that the people who lived in Saunderton had
specifically chosen to live in a village setting and not a
dormitory village. Residents believed
development was being pushed through leaving them no choice.
- Flooding – residents were
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