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CLOSURE FEARS: Council slams Local Plan which threatens scout camp

 Published on: 6th September 2019   |   By: News Desk   |   Category: Uncategorized

Chalfont St Peter Parish Council (CSPPC) have blasted the Local Plan and said it is not “legally compliant” amid fears a scout camp could be forced to close. 

Chiltern District Council’s (CDC) Local Plan for Chalfont St Peter includes the building of around 200 homes next to the Paccar Scout Camp at Denham Lane. 

The camp, which welcomes thousands of youngsters each year, could be forced to relocate or close if the housing plans within the Local Plan go ahead. 

On their website the parish council said: “CSPPC has blasted CDC’s Local Plan, saying it is not legally compliant and not fit for purpose – unsound in planning-speak. 

“The council’s views are based on hard-hitting report by its independent consultants.

“The Local Plan will drive out the village’s Paccar Scout Camp which includes 50,000 young visitors every year, many from inner London, by allowing the building of 200 homes in the current geenbelt open field, right next door to the scouts, raising safeguarding problems.”

However planners say the scout group would be unaffected.

Chiltern and South Bucks District Council said: “One of the sites being considered for development in the draft Local Plan is land to the south-east of Chalfont St Peter.

“The Scout Camp and its woodlands are not designated for development. The development is planned to be a distance away from the Scout Camp land and not directly adjacent. 

“The site adjoins the existing built-up area of Chalfont St Peter and if developed will form a new urban edge.

“If the site is released for development, the newly established Green Belt boundary will be protected, and any new buildings screened to prevent harm to the wider countryside views. 

“Any development close to the Scout Camp would need to provide an appropriate landscaped buffer to the camp and wider countryside.

“Development of the land will require masterplans to be created with the community, sustainable transport provision and road improvements such as increasing capacity at junctions and on the A413, and the provision of infrastructure such as schools and healthcare facilities, which will be provided for by financial contributions from developers.”

CDC’s Local Plan and supplementary reports can be downloaded from its website chiltern.gov.uk/plann

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