Category Archives: Planning

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.

Preview of Proposals for Redevelopment of Uplands House.

Redrow Homes is undertaking consultation on their emerging proposals for the redevelopment of Uplands House in Four Ashes Road.

The site is currently owned and operated by De Vere Venues.  Redrow Homes has been in discussions with De Vere about the availability of the site and believes that the site is an ideal location for a small number of quality new homes.

In advance of the public consultation exhibition, Redrow homes are inviting residents to a preview of the event on Friday 17th May 2013 from 2.30pm – 3.30pm at Hughenden Valley Village Hall.

At the preview session you will be able to view the emerging proposals, leave your comments and also put questions to the project team.

The public exhibition at the Hughenden Valley Village Hall will be held from 4pm – 8pm on the same day.

Planning Update

The following information has been supplied by the Resident’s Association Planning Sub-committee:

Hemley Hill Travellers Site
The Public Inquiry held at Wycombe District Council (WDC) on 22 May has been adjourned until
5 September because of controversy over the Proofs of Evidence, and that one of the Appellants had purchased land in Flackwell Heath which co-incidentally appears in the Baker Report on Gypsy & Traveller Sites in Bucks as a “gypsy site of significance”.

Walters Ash Travellers Site
The Judicial Review into the Hemley Hill Travellers’ Appeal that was held in the High Court was rejected on 8th May. The lawyers for the Appellant have informed WDC that they submitted Notice to Appeal on 6 June, 2 days after the 28 day deadline, but it is the discretion of the Civil Appeals Office to decide whether to accept the appeal, even though it is out of time. If the Court of Appeal refuses permission then that would leave no further avenues to pursue this matter in England but the Appellant can take the matter to the European Court of Human Rights.

Hopkins Yard
The Appeal against WDC’s refusal to grant planning permission for boundary fencing has been dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate.

Magnolia Sports & Social Club
WDC has refused planning permission for an indoor gym and outdoor fastlane pool.

Permitted Development Rights

The HVRA Planning Sub-Committee has sent details of a useful tool on the Government’s Planning Portal. The ‘The Planning Portal’ allows you to click on possible home improvements on the interactive house to see what does and does not require planning permission. Hughenden Valley is within an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” (AONB), often referred to in the portal as a “designated area” and there are several instances within the portal where you will need to take note of the special requirements. The Wycombe District Council website also has information and guidance.

WDC Planning Consultation

Wycombe District Council are holding a Planning Consultation that runs until Friday 14th October. This gives residents an opportunity to learn about and respond to the Council’s latest proposals including further regeneration of the town centre. Full details are on WDC’s website here.

Easing of Planning Regulations

Lord Oakshott (LibDem peer) recently raised concern in a TV interview about the apparent dismissal by some Government Ministers of the comments/opposition by the National Trust to the easing of planning regulations and referring to the organisation as left-leaning. The National Trust is completely independent of Government and has more members than any of the political parties. It represents what most of us love about our countryside and national heritage and is a voice that needs to be heard when it comes to the beliefs of its 3.6 million members.

To find out more about the concerns of the National Trust on the “presumed right to build” issue and to decide whether you wish to complete the petition asking the government to reconsider proposals please follow this link.

Similar concerns have been raised by the CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England). See their website.

If you agree with the petition please do act and also let your friends and family know. Don’t assume that others will do it. That happened with the HS2 on line questionnaire when only 44,000 households out of 26 million in the UK objected to the HS2 project and the Government then assumed that 99.8% of households must have no objection.

Rural Affordable Housing Scheme Dropped

At their meeting last night, Hughenden Parish Council dropped their plan to build Rural Affordable Housing on Green Belt and AONB land in Warrendene Road, Hughenden Valley. The Council’s press release says:

“Hughenden Parish Council has now received the results of the Parish-wide Housing Needs Survey that was commissioned from Community Impact Bucks. This was a robust consultation exercise carried out to establish whether there is a need for rural affordable housing in the Parish, and to find out the views of local residents. The results show:-
a) There is some need for rural affordable homes in Hughenden Parish
b) Rural affordable housing in principle is supported by just under 50% of respondents
c) 80% of respondents are against any development in the GB/AONB
In summary, there is sufficient need to justify a small development but this idea cannot be pursued furthe because there is not enough support within the community for it to be possible to use the Rural Exception Site scheme.
The Council passed the following motion at its meeting on 8th March 2011:- The Parish Council accepts the results of the Housing Needs Survey carried out at its request by Community Impact Bucks, and their recommendations. This consultation process shows that, while some need for affordable housing has been established, there is insufficient community support for a small development using Green Belt/AONB land. This Parish Council will not, therefore, proceed further with a Rural Exception Site scheme. The Parish Council recognizes the strength of opposition to any use of green belt/AONB land. Just over 900 survey forms were returned (27% of households) and these show that some 80% of residents responding were opposed to even a small development.
Hughenden Parish Council has a responsibility to try to serve all its residents. It is for this reason that it went through the lengthy consultation process currently required for the use of a Rural Exception Site Scheme. The Council considers the outcome of the consultation exercise to be a reflection of feelings in the Parish, expressed through a democratic consultation process. Parish Councillors (who are non political elected volunteers) have a genuine desire to try to serve those village residents who are not home owners. It is unfortunate that this has led some residents to try to undermine confidence in the Council itself. Now that a decision has been made, the Council trusts that relationships with local residents can be rebuilt.”

Hughenden Parish Council website

Rural Affordable Housing Scheme Could Be Dropped

According to their website, Hughenden Parish Council are due to debate the following motion at their meeting on 8th March: “The Parish Council accepts the results of the Housing Needs Survey carried out at its request by Community Impact Bucks, and their recommendations. This consultation process shows that, while a need for affordable housing has been established, there is insufficient community support for a small development using Green Belt/AONB land. This Parish Council will not, therefore, proceed further with a Rural Exception Site scheme.”

Hughenden Parish Council website
Housing Needs Survey Report
Respondents’ comments

HVRA supports GASP

Hughenden Valley Residents Association is a proud member of Groups Against the Stadium Proposals as we believe in supporting others in protecting the Green Belt from development. GASP describe themselves as:

“GASP is a focal body made up of groups, associations, societies and individuals who share a common belief that the stadium proposals on Green Belt land at Booker Airfield are wrong. By bringing everyone together resources from within each subscribing body/group can be pooled to maximise effect. We thus have working groups. For instance we have a fund raising group, a marketing group, an infrastructure group, people looking specifically at the business case and the list goes on. We are NOT against rugby or football far from it – a significant proportion of WWFC members are fully behind us.”

The next full GASP meeting will be held on Friday 25th February 19:30 at Booker Memorial Hall.
The GASP website is at www.gasp-no-org.