Meeting set for 3,200 new homes plan

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PROTESTERS opposed to a bid to build up to 3,200 new homes between Bedgrove and Weston Turville are to descend on a meeting on tomorrow night (Thursday).

An action group has vowed to battle a bid to build the homes in Hampden Fields – but says it is not being given enough time to make its feelings known.

Opponents have blasted Aylesbury Vale District Council for only giving them until April 19 to respond to a public consultation.

This week Cliff Hyde, chairman of Hampden Fields Action Group, which was set up to oppose the application, said: “We’re only being given three weeks.

“Even though it’s a massive application, we’re only being given the same to respond as we would for a single-storey extension for someone’s house. It’s outrageous.

“We have to act quickly before people vanish off for Easter.”

The application will be discussed by Weston Turville Parish Council and Mr Hyde said opponents were planning to lobby the meeting.

Referring to a failed bid to build on the site in 1996, he said: “It seems like every time there’s a window of planning uncertainty, these plans crop up again.”

Comments on the controversial bid, which also include plans for a 120 bed care home, a park and ride site and a waste recycling facility, have started to trickle in.

This week the district council’s Strategic Housing Development Team responded to back the plans, saying that if 35 per cent of the homes were affordable – as set out by AVDC policy – it would mean 1,120 new affordable homes would be created.

But neighbour James Paterson, of Marroway in Weston Turville, wrote: “To allow the proposed development to proceed with the number of properties indicated would be a travesty and both Weston Turville and Bedgrove would undoubtedly lose their identity.”

The bid includes a new link road between Wendover Road and the A41 in Aston Clinton Road.

A statement from the district council said: “By law we have to give local residents 21 days to view an application and to give us their comments about it.

“The AVDC policy is to give 21 days for local residents to submit any objections/comments. This is the same consultation period for all applications including major developments. If the opponents wish to make a request to extend the consultation period, then they could discuss this with their local councillors.”