Category Archives: Conservation

Questionnaire Survey Reminder– The Discovery & Exploration Phase for the new Local Plan for Buckinghamshire

This is to remind you about the chance to take part in an important survey about the future of Buckinghamshire. It’s a questionnaire survey for the new Local Plan for Buckinghamshire. We want to hear your views about living and working in Buckinghamshire, what problems and issues you may face, and what your needs are in the future. We want to know what matters most to you. Thank you if you have already responded to the survey.

You can fill out the survey questionnaire online on Your Voice Bucks: https://yourvoicebucks.citizenspace.com/planning/local-plan-2021

There are other ways to comment. A pdf of the questionnaire survey is available on the website: https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/local-plan-for-bucks. This can be downloaded and then emailed or posted to the Planning Policy Team.

The email address is
planningpolicyteam.bc@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

The postal address is Planning Policy Team, Buckinghamshire Council, Queen Victoria Road, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP11 1BB

You can take part until midnight on Friday 11 February 2022.

Planning application 22/05000FUL

The residents of Warrendene Road are shocked and dismayed to learn that the owner of Country Supplies, has just submitted a Full planning application under Ref: 22/05000/FUL to create a new access road into the Oakleaf Farm site, with associated highways realignment, from Bryants Bottom Road that will allow up to 12 HGVs to park as well the creation of a car park for up to 34 cars and light goods vehicles on the “Mushroom” field adjacent to the site that lies in the Green Belt and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where there is a presumption against any new development unless there are very special/exceptional circumstances. The huge increase in the number of parking spaces and increase in full-time staff illustrates the company’s desire for expansion on the site.

A meeting was held in the the Village Hall on Sunday 23rd Jan.

The planning documents can be seen at https://publicaccess.wycombe.gov.uk/idoxpa-web/search.do?action=simple&searchType=Application using reference 22/05000FUL.

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Hazlemere Climate Action

Taken from a Facebook article by Hazlemere Climate Action.

Do you have DIY skills you can share?

We’re starting a Repair Cafe in Hazlemere on Saturday 23rd October 10 till 12pm and we’re looking for volunteers with all kinds of skills and expertise to contribute. Can you help someone to fix for instance broken electrical items? A bicycle? A chair with a wonky leg? Mend a broken zip? Repair an old teddy bear?

If you’re interested and would like to know more we’d love to hear from you. Please contact get in touch with me through Facebook or email lauren_brodie@hotmail.com

If you’d like to read more about Repair Cafes take a look here: https://www.repaircafe.org/en/

Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Environmental Records Centre – survey of King George V field on Saturday 14th August.

In order to help the Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Environmental Records Centre and the Village Hall Management Committee better understand the wild insects which call this area home the Bucks Invertebrate Group have very kindly agreed to help us by carrying out an informal survey of King George V field on Saturday 14th August.

More details of the survey

 

Bucks Council – New guidance to enhance biological diversity

Buckinghamshire Council is going further in its commitment to preserve and improve Buckinghamshire’s environment.  The Council is working with partners to tackle climate change and its causes; reducing the county’s carbon footprint and delivering environmental net gain.

As part of this commitment, the council has drafted guidance to ensure developers increase biological diversity on their development sites.

Biological diversity, otherwise known as biodiversity is the richness and variety of plant and animal species within habitats, including previously developed land, fields, hedgerows and rivers.

Humans need a diversity of species for food production, climate change adaptation, flood regulation, crop pollination and enhancing human mental and physical well-being.

Using the guidance, developers will need to calculate the biodiversity on the existing site, and design their scheme to ensure there is a greater diversity on the site once completed.

A public consultation on this draft guidance runs from 19 February until 19 March 2021. 

Responses can be made using the consultation portal, which can be accessed through ‘Your Voice Bucks’, in writing, or by email, before 23:59pm on 19 March 2021.

The web address for this consultation is: https://yourvoicebucks.citizenspace.com/

Or directly: https://aylesburyvaledc.oc2.uk/

​The email address for this consultation is: planningpolicyteam.bc@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

The postal address is:

Planning Policy, Biodiversity Accounting, King George V House, King George V Road, Amersham, Buckinghamshire. HP6 5AW

The Countryside Code

A gentle reminder about the code – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-countryside-code – due to Covid-19 there will be continued heavy wear & tear on our countryside for the next few months. Combined with the approach of spring when there are lots of delicate shoots around, it is important to keep to paths. Please don’t make them wider by wandering over fields or across sprouting bulbs in the woods.

Bucks Council – Green Homes Grant can help households save up to £600 a year on their energy bills

Launched on 30 September 2020, the Green Homes Grant scheme sees the government fund up to two-thirds of the cost of energy-saving home improvements for homeowners in England up to £5,000.

Homeowners with low incomes – including those on certain benefits – are eligible for a grant covering up to 100% of the cost of works up to £10,000.

The scheme will improve the energy efficiency of over 600,000 homes across the country and help households save up to £600 a year on their energy bills.

Full details

Three vacancies for Secretary of State-appointed Board Members on Chilterns Conservation Board

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is seeking to appoint three new members to the Chilterns Conservation Board. This is a great opportunity to get involved with a very active organisation that works across the fields of conservation, planning, access, tourism and public engagement to protect and enhance the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Board has 27 members who oversee its work and get involved in projects, working groups and events. They are not paid, but receive a basic annual allowance of £667, with further allowances available for special responsibilities. Being a member of the Board typically takes up the equivalent of 2 days per month, though there is the opportunity for more involvement if you have the interest and time.

Anyone can apply to become a member of the Board. The closing date for applications is 11pm on Friday 22nd November 2013. Short-listed candidates will be invited for interview on 12th or 13th February 2014 at the Conservation Board’s office in Chinnor, Oxon. The appointments will take effect from 1st April 2014 and normally run for 3 years

See more information and application details here.

A History of Uplands

Redrow Homes held an Exhibition in Hughenden Village Hall on 17 May to seek comments on their emerging proposal for the redevelopment of the Uplands site in Four Ashes Road.  Currently owned by DeVere Group, Redrow propose demolishing the existing historic building and conference facilities to make way for up to 16 executive homes.

Clearly no one was particularly enthusiastic about demolishing a significant building which over the years has devolved into a major training, conference and wedding facility, but at the time it was unclear of the historical nature of the building.  Since then Marian Miller from the High Wycombe Society has written a preliminary report on a voluntary basis on behalf of the Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society (BAS) and the Historic Buildings & Landscapes Group of the Chiltern Society.  A copy of the report is attached here.