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Slate Meadow plans move forward


Slate Meadow plans move forward

Outline planning permission for up to 150 homes including affordable housing, a pedestrian and cycleway and green space at Slate Meadow near Wooburn Green, was approved by Wycombe District Council’s planning committee last night. The decision was taken following a full and robust debate in the council chamber, with members of the public present to hear the discussions.

Detailed plans for the site, which is one of the five reserve sites identified by the council for development to help meet the local shortage of housing, will now progress to the next stage. The details will be worked up by the developer, and will come before the planning committee rather than being dealt with by officers. These details will have to address a number of conditions that the committee imposed on the approval..

The outline application reflects and includes input from a specially created local liaison group made up of local representatives which helped to steer and shape how the site will be developed. This was captured in a development brief, which set out the rules the developer needed to follow to get the application approved.

The planning committee acknowledged the importance of this input from the local community and praised its work which had secured important protections on the site including open space, ecological benefits and green infrastructure.

The development will provide affordable housing on the site, and make financial contributions towards:

  • primary and nursery education
  • improvements in the provision of public   transport in the local area
  • improvements to the provision of   walking/cycling routes in the local are
  • the management and maintenance of green   infrastructure within the site
  • an off-site contribution for the improvement/  management and maintenance of the Village Green

In addition about £1.5m will also be made through the local infrastructure tax known as CIL (Community Infrastructure Levey), of which about £200,000 will be passed to the Parish Council to spend on local priorities.

Commenting on the decision, Cllr David Johncock, Cabinet Member for Planning and Sustainability at Wycombe District Council said: “I was pleased to see a thorough review of the outline brief for Slate Meadow. While we need to acknowledge it has at times been challenging, we also need to acknowledge the value and importance that both our planners and the developer have placed on the input from the local liaison group.

“The resulting outline application which we discussed last night reflects this. Crucially, it also spells out clearly the planning obligations which the full, detailed application will need to include to meet the scrutiny of our planning team and the planning committee when the full application is put forward to us in the coming months.”