Venue: The Clare Foundation, The Saunderton Estate, Wycombe Road, Saunderton, HP14 4BF
Contact: Liz Hornby
Apologies for Absence
To receive apologies for absence.
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors J Savage and Mrs S Adoh.
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 (attached).
Introduction to the Issues
To receive an introduction to the issuers 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 Bruce Johnston
Mr Stephen Busby
Ms Clare Rogers
Mr John Wilkins
Mr Clive Allom
Ms Elizabeth Martin
Ms Lucy Murfitt
Mr David Howlett
Mr Peter Malaure
Mr Patrick Voss
Mr David Thompson
Mr Simon Breese
Ms Susy Peycke
Mr Ivan Rogers
Ms Carey Andrews
Mr Stu Campbell
Mr Mike Blackwell
Mr Mike Malaure
Mr Wayne Harris
Mrs Julie Stringfellow
Mr Kim Martin
Mrs Rita Drew
Mrs Margaret Whitfield
Mr Andrew Sage
Ms Judith Hunter
Mr Mark Jenkins
During those representations, the following points and questions were raised –
· The Saunderton station was a focal point which would attract around 70 more train journeys.
· Where would the extra people using the station park their cars?
· If 1000 houses were built all around the area, this would impact by vastly increasing the traffic.
· It was considered that Chiltern Railways did not want to stop more trains at Saunderton.
· Haw Lane was becoming a ‘rat run’ with children crossing at school times. Concern was raised that Haw Lane would get worse in terms of traffic volume which, in turn, would put school children at risk.
· If additional traffic used Haw Lane, this would exacerbate problems with moving out on to the A4010.
· That the Molins site was an irreplaceable asset. Sustainability would lessen if only housing was built on the land.
· By adding more vehicles to the area would not lessen the carbon footprint.
· The provision of a retirement village would be an asset to the area and would not significantly add to the traffic volumes in the area.
· A care home or retirement village would bring employment to the area.
· Why did WDC not welcome applications for care homes?
· The community would be better served with a Neighbourhood Plan particularly as this was being promoted by central government.
· Large scale housing was inappropriate for the area due to the AONB and Green Belt.
· There would be increase delivery vehicles if housing were built, as well as additional school traffic.
· A team had already been assembled to look at a Neighbourhood Plan, who would meet the necessary timescales.
· That traffic volumes were currently unsustainable.
· Due to no pavements in places, dog walkers already were put at risk, but if pavements were built, this would put walkers at greater risk as it would narrow even further the already narrow road.
· Flooding underneath the two railway bridges, one in Haw Lane and the other in Slough Lane, occurred every time it rained. This had a knock-on effect with traffic as far back as the Pedestal roundabout in West Wycombe.
· Flooding was an ongoing issue particularly in relation to West’s Yard as everything is on a slope and the Golden Cross pond acts as a soakaway meaning the pond could not be moved or worked on. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) were causing problems, particularly Ministry Wharf. The villagers were informed during the flooding in 2014 that the MoD ... view the full minutes text for item 19.