Developer loses Wooburn Green homes appeal

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A BID to build 29 homes on a disused railway line in Wooburn Green has been thrown out after a developer appeal.

The Planning Inspectorate said the plan, for Wycombe Lane, Woodburn Green showed a “lack of privacy” for users of a proposed amenity space.

Yet David Morgan, who oversaw a November planning inquiry in High Wycombe, said other privacy concerns were not merited – and the scheme did allow for a public transport route.

To read the full judgement and previous stories about the issue see the links, right.

A councillor who campaigned against the scheme warned this raised the prospect of another plan being put in – and being passed by Wycombe District Council.

Henry Homes had appealed against the council for failing to make a decision on the plan, which would demolish 51 Wycombe Lane and put up 29 flats and houses.

The appeal decision concludes: “I find the development would not result in material harm to the living conditions of occupiers of adjacent properties, or to living conditions of future occupiers of units by virtue of habitable room inter-visibility.

“It would also safeguard the use of the former Bourne End – High Wycombe railway line for public transport purposes and make appropriate provision for infrastructure provision.”

He said the former line could be used as a footpath, cycleway or “some other form of public transport”.

Crucially this does not contravene the council’s agreed transport policy – even though the council and many residents want it to be used as a rail link.

This would have connected High Wycombe to Bourne End and provided a link with First Great Western via Maidenhead.

The inspector also said the scheme would “make adequate provision for affordable housing and would not materially compromise the safety of highway users in relation to the access junction”.

Yet he said all of this was outweighed by the problems with the amenity space.

He said: “These factors do not outweigh the significant and material harm that would be caused to the living conditions of future occupiers.”

This would be “through the lack of privacy for users of the proposed amenity space and the impracticability of those spaces for their intended purpose; the casual recreation of their occupiers”.

Councillor Simon Bazley, a district council ward member for the Wooburns, said he was “devastated” by the news, despite the appeal being dismissed.

He said: “The main issue we were hoping to win was the railway line. He has dismissed that and said what was proposed could happen, it was just the amenity issues.

“This means something could go through in the future. We wanted a solid decision that could preclude further development.”

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4:04pm Mon 26 Jan 09

The Judge says...

GOOD
JUDGE
GOOD JUDGE The Judge

4:33pm Mon 26 Jan 09

chris740 says...

good job to . its about time someone has seen the light at the council.
there as been to many homes demolished in wycombe and surrounding areas.
this is a town you can not make it a city.

the is no more room for more flats , wycombe can not take anymore traffic
good job to . its about time someone has seen the light at the council. there as been to many homes demolished in wycombe and surrounding areas. this is a town you can not make it a city. the is no more room for more flats , wycombe can not take anymore traffic chris740

4:44pm Mon 26 Jan 09

Elmo says...

A cycleway in the same vain as the Phoenix Trail between Princes Risborough and Thame would be very nice.
A cycleway in the same vain as the Phoenix Trail between Princes Risborough and Thame would be very nice. Elmo

5:26pm Mon 26 Jan 09

wayneo says...

Excellent news!!!
Excellent news!!! wayneo

5:52pm Mon 26 Jan 09

yog says...

“devastated” by the news

No Councillor Simon Bazley that is what we felt when you decided to close our pool without any consultation and you chose to slag off local volunteers.
“devastated” by the news No Councillor Simon Bazley that is what we felt when you decided to close our pool without any consultation and you chose to slag off local volunteers. yog

7:20pm Mon 26 Jan 09

ivor says...

Good news!

The last thing the area needs is more unnecessary houses blighting the landscape.

Have you read Ivor’s blog today? Click on the “YOUR SAY” link at the top of the page then click on “BLOGS”.
Good news! The last thing the area needs is more unnecessary houses blighting the landscape. Have you read Ivor’s blog today? Click on the “YOUR SAY” link at the top of the page then click on “BLOGS”. ivor

1:56pm Tue 27 Jan 09

wycombenewbie says...

The Judge wrote:
GOOD JUDGE
Good news? Are you kidding ne?
It was turned down on the basis of privacy. That able would enable a new plan to be submitted with better privacy and there's nothing that can be down legally to decline a proposal. This will effectively means, a development will happen, just not yet.
[quote][p][bold]The Judge[/bold] wrote: GOOD JUDGE[/p][/quote]Good news? Are you kidding ne? It was turned down on the basis of privacy. That able would enable a new plan to be submitted with better privacy and there's nothing that can be down legally to decline a proposal. This will effectively means, a development will happen, just not yet. wycombenewbie
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