Developers to appeal 80-home planning bid

THE company behind a bid to build 80 homes next to the existing new housing development at Moreton Road is going to appeal.

Bellway Homes were refused planning permission by Aylesbury Vale District Council earlier this year following opposition from neighbours, Buckingham Town Council and Maids Moreton Parish Council.

But the firm lodged an appeal against the decision on July 10.

Local resident and campaigner David Child said: “Bellway do it again – put in an appeal when everybody goes on holiday. They’ve hit the school holidays and the Olympics, and the closing date for comments is August 21.”

Among its grounds for appeal, Bellway is claiming increased traffic is not an issue.

In a report submitted with the original planning application, Bellway said its highways consultants used ‘industry-standard software’ to predict the likely trip level and the level of extra traffic from the development during the morning and evening rush hours would be low.

The residents’ action group is encouraging people to object to the appeal, which is due be dealt with at an informal hearing conducted by a Planning Inspector.

Comments in writing must be sent to The Planning Inspectorate, 3/16 Eagle Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN or online at www.planningportal.gov.uk/pcs by August 21.

Mr Child also encouraged people to write to their district councillors – Pearl Lewis for Luffield Abbey, Derrick Isham and Tim Mills for Buckingham North.

He said: “I plan to get my group to write to their local councillors to say: ‘We expect you to fight this.’

And he urged people to copy their emails to AVDC case officer Mark Auchterlony at maughterlony@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk

Anyone who wants to be updated or suggest actions should email Mr Child at moretonhouses@gmail.com putting “add to mailing list” in the subject line.