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HIGH VIEW: Planning application for 42 new homes in Chalfont St Giles goes to appeal 

 Published on: 3rd October 2021   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Following the refusal from Buckinghamshire Council for the erection of 42 homes and associated access, parking and landscaping on land off High View in Chalfont St Giles, the planning application went to appeal.

The appeal, which ran virtually on Teams, started on Monday September 20 at 10 am and lasted four days.

The parish council strongly objected the plans in a public letter.

A spokesperson for the council wrote: “As a parish council with a Neighbourhood Plan, which was formulated after extensive consultation with the public and was supported by 91.6 per cent of the referendum voters, the council feel that they represent the views of the parishioners. Also, the hundreds of responses to this application are all against the development, showing the universal rejection of the claims made by Paradigm that this development is wanted.

“The parish council believes that 42 dwellings is definitely not small scale and does in fact constitute a major development.

“The healthcare services in the area are already stretched and that a development of the size of High View is simply not sustainable.”

A spokesperson for Paradigm Housing Group said: “Paradigm Housing Group submitted a planning application (REF: PL/19/4421/FA) in December 2019 for 42 new affordable homes on Land off High View in Chalfont St Giles.

“The application was subsequently refused in August 2020 by the new local planning authority, Buckinghamshire Council. After careful review, we decided to submit an appeal against the decision to the Planning Inspectorate in December 2020.

“It remains our firm view that there is a clear and identified need for this amount and mix of new affordable homes in Chalfont St Giles. These homes would help local people who are struggling to rent or buy a home in an area where prices far exceed national and regional averages, and so are largely out of reach for many in terms of monthly incomes.

“We continue to believe our site is a suitable location for new affordable homes in the village and look forward to the Inspector’s decision in the coming weeks.”

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