Daws Hill area
The RAF Daws Hill site off Daws Hill Lane was closed as an operational defence establishment in 2007. The site has been sold to the developer, Taylor Wimpey. As it is a previously developed ("brownfield") site, the principle of development on the site is accepted. At a Cabinet meeting in July 2011, we agreed a position statement on housing and land for business. It set out principles for how the RAF Daws Hill site should be developed and has been superseded by the Daws Hill Development Brief (see below). Relevant extracts from the position statement are available to download at the bottom of this page.
Pre-application & community consultation
The Daws Hill reference group was set up in September 2011 to act as a channel for communications and member and community involvement. The group was made up of local councillors and representatives from the Daws Hill Residents Association; the Fair Ridge, Foxleigh and Spinney Residents Association, the Flackwell Heath Residents Association, the Heart of Ryemead Community Association, Little Marlow and Chepping Wycombe Parish Councils, and the High Wycombe Society. Notes of the meetings of the reference group are available to download below.
At the September 2012 Planning committee it was agreed that a new consultative group led by Taylor Wimpey would replace the Reference group. Please see Taylor Wimpey's page for the RAF Daws Hill public consultation (link opens in new window) for more information and the latest news.
As part of their overall pre-application consultation DHA Architects have provided a narrated slideshow of the architectural character study undertaken by DHA Architects on behalf of Taylor Wimpey which underpins their proposals for the former RAF Daws Hill Site in High Wycombe. For anyone who wants to know more about the rationale behind the 'contemporised arts and crafts' style of architecture Taylor Wimpey have adopted these videos will give an invaluable insight into the design decisions.
Please open link to view part one of the presentation, and open this link to view part two of the presentation (links open in new windows). A transcript of the videos is available under documents to download below.
DHRA applications for neighbourhood area and neighbourhood forum
In April 2012 DHRA made an application to be designated as a neighbourhood forum, in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012. They also applied to designate a neighbourhood area. On 10 September 2012 our Cabinet agreed to designate a neighbourhood area, covering a reduced area from the one applied for. We have also formally designated the Daws Hill Residents Association as the 'neighbourhood forum' for that area.
For further information please see Neighbourhood area and forum applications.
On 24 October 2012 the Council was notified by Leigh Day & Co, solicitors acting for the Daws Hill Neighbourhood Forum (DHNF), of a prospective application for Judicial Review of the Council's decision which determined the extent of the area for neighbourhood planning at Daws Hill.
The Council, having considered the grounds of challenge, concluded that the points in issue remain the same as when Cabinet took the decision in September and that the challenge has not brought forward any substantive new issues or considerations which require the Cabinet to review its decision.
Following the challenge Mr Justice Supperstone has now issued the judgement, and the judge has found that the Council acted lawfully in the decision on the Neighbourhood Area. Please open link to view our press statement for further details.
Daws Hill development brief, adopted December 2012
The brief has been prepared within the framework of national and local planning policy. It aims to guide negotiations with potential developers and planning decisions, in order to deliver the best possible outcome for the area.
This adopted version was agreed by Cabinet in September 2012 and takes into account comments received during the formal consultation period in the summer and any changes that have been made to the Southern Quadrant Transport Strategy recently adopted by Buckinghamshire County Council. It was formally adopted in December 2012.
Since the consultation in the summer, we have amended the brief to respond to a range of local concerns. These included development density, character and tree retention. We have updated the guidance to accommodate:
- More parking
- Reducing the size of the village centre and repositioning it so that it will be less prominent in views from Daws Hill Lane. It would form part of the new street that runs into the site and potentially link with the business village. It would be integrated within the spacious residential area and be "low key" in nature.
- Reducing the size of the business centre and locating it further away from Daws Hill Lane and the north/ south footpath. The business centre would be small in scale with a more rural character, set in a high quality wooded landscape made up of existing woodland and newly planted trees.
- Strengthening the requirement to keep existing trees and modifying the framework to enable the integration of more existing tree groups within a linked open space footpath network.
- Creating a greater sense of a tree-lined frontage to Daws Hill Lane by pulling back development so that it's further from the Lane.
- Creating a spacious residential character zone of around 20 to 25 dwellings per hectare along Daws Hill Lane and the boundary with existing residential properties. This would be interwoven between existing trees and include new tree planting in longer rear gardens backing onto existing dwellings.
For your reference, a full list of issues raised and responses to them is available to download below.
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