‘Overwhelming negativity’ from village to 80 homes plan

Land in Steeple Claydon where Gladman Developments wants to build 80 homes
Land in Steeple Claydon where Gladman Developments wants to build 80 homes

Residents showed “overwhelming negativity” to proposals for an 80-home development on the edge of their village at a public meeting.

Sixty-six Steeple Claydon villagers turned up for last Monday’s meeting in the Mark Bulman Room to discuss plans for the new estate on a field at North End Road.

A spokesman said: “By all accounts, nobody’s ever seen so may people congregating in one place in Steeple Claydon.”

Over 50 objections have been received to the planning application by Gladman Developments.

The spokesman said people at the meeting expressed “overwhelming negativity” to the plan.

She said: “We think this development is completely non-sustainable for Steeple Claydon.”

Residents fear the development could mean 160 extra cars using the narrow village road, increase the risk of flooding and overwhelm the village school, which is already over-subscribed.

The spokesman said: “Steeple Claydon is a large village but it’s a fairly isolated village.

“Ninety per cent of villages use cars to get to work, which means you would have a massive increase in car numbers coming in and out of Steeple Claydon.”

She said the roads in Steeple Claydon are in poor condition and resident have “deep concerns” about their safety.

“North End Road is really a country lane. It’s got no pavements, it’s got poor lighting,” she said.

And she added: “There are really serious issues regarding flooding.

“Flooding is a very commonplace activity.

“It’s going to be catastrophic for North End Road.”

Residents are due to take their concerns to the parish council meeting tonight, Tuesday, with a view to forming a formal residents’ group to create a Neighbourhood Plan.

Planning application 14/03046/AOP can be viewed on the Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) planning portal.