Council chief hits out at Bucks ‘garden city’ rumours

Martin Tett
Martin Tett

County council leader Martin Tett has said he is ‘troubled’ by rumours that a ‘garden city’ could be built in Bucks.

Although local government secretary Eric Pickles has denied any decision has been made, a leaked document reportedly identified Gerrards Cross as one possible site for 100,000 new homes.

Reacting to the rumours, Mr Tett said the council would ‘strongly resist’ any attempt to build the city.

He said: “Whilst there’s no evidence that the Government are actually planning to push for a major new ‘city’ development near Gerrards Cross, the rumours are nevertheless troubling.

“I’d like to state the very clear position of Buckinghamshire County Council on this.

“We have at no stage had any discussions with the Government or any other agency about the possibility of such a development in the Gerrards Cross area or any other part of Buckinghamshire.

“Gerrards Cross is in the green belt and county council policy clearly opposes inappropriate development in the green belt.

“We would therefore strongly resist any attempt to impose such a scheme, which would irreparably damage the character of the village and its surroundings”

“We would urge the Government to clearly dispel all such rumours of new cities being imposed on Buckinghamshire.”