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Pressure for homes threatens AONB

Thursday 17 March 2016

The Chilterns Conservation Board has just responded to a public consultation on the emerging joint Local Plan for Chiltern and South Bucks Districts. To the concern of the Board, the Plan raises the prospect of significant strategic scale housing and employment development on greenfield sites in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at Chalfont St Giles, Little Chalfont, Amersham, Chesham Bois, Holmer Green, Prestwood and Chesham. 

There is very strong pressure for new houses in Buckinghamshire, with the draft Bucks Housing and Economic Needs Assessment identifying a need for a staggering 50,000 extra homes in Buckinghamshire between 2013-2033. The Chilterns Conservation Board is very concerned that this pressure for housing, economic and infrastructure development could harm the special qualities of the Chilterns AONB.

The Board considers that perhaps the greatest challenge of the Chilterns and South Bucks joint Plan will be to ensure that development is planned in a way which protects the natural environment, and most crucially, the Chilterns AONB. The AONB is a unique and special place, its character and habitats are sensitive to change and once gone cannot be replaced.

Read the Board's full response: CCB response to Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan

You can view the Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan here, including a map of the options for new housing and employment areas on p51.

 

For further information please contact the Chilterns AONB Planning Officer, Lucy Murfett, on 01844 355507 or lmurfett@chilternsaonb.org

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