MP voices concerns over 3,200 homes plan

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AYLESBURY’S MP is set to voice serious fears over whether the town can cope with up to 3,200 new homes between Bedgrove and Weston Turville.

David Lidington told the Herald he will be writing to Aylesbury Vale District Council expressing his concerns.

He warned that proposals for a new estate in Hampden Fields could cause traffic problems, affect school places, and destroy Weston Turville’s identity.

The move comes as campaigners presented more than 1,500 protest letters to the council, objecting to the proposed Hampden Fields development.

Mr Lidington said: “The comments I make will express the concerns that constituents have expressed to me.

“To my mind the most important issues are erosion of the district village identity of Weston Turville, probable impact on traffic on the A41 and A413, impact on school places, and the risk of pre-empting the new AVDC local plan.”

He said he would be writing to the district council later in the week.

On Tuesday, chairman of campaign group Stop Hampden Fields, Cliff Hide, presented a stack of 1,500 letters opposing the plans.

He said: “People are overwhelmingly against this application.”

Armed with banners proclaiming ‘Enough Is Enough’, the group handed in their objections on Tuesday.

A public consultation is set to end on Friday, but Aylesbury Vale District Council has said it will consider comments until the day before it is decided later in the year.

The plans have been put forward by a consortium, including Aylesbury College.

The Herald understands approval could see the college get a £30 million boost.

The consortium, which also consists of developers Taylor Wimpey and the Fairfield Partnership, says the new development will be a ‘vibrant community’.

The plans include a 120-bed care home, a park-and-ride site to serve Aylesbury and a waste recycling facility.

Also included in the bid are a doctor’s surgery, a gym, a pub, a community centre, shop and restaurant units.