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There is considerable pressure on Haddenham as a location for many new homes to be built. Recently, Lands Improvement held a public consultation in respect of development on the airfield, and last week CALA Homes consulted with Haddenham residents over the proposed building of 60 homes on the Dollicott site.

Another developer, Lightwood Strategic, has now entered the picture and is hosting a public consultation event on Tuesday 15th July. This is very short notice, but has only just received the information (Friday 4th July). The land under consideration is the large area bounded by Willis Road, Stanbridge Road and Aston Road, to the north of Tiggywinkles.

Here is the company's public announcement:

Plans for New Homes in Haddenham — Public Exhibition

Plans for 350 new homes on land at Haddenham Glebe and to the north of Aston Road will be on display at a public exhibition on Tuesday 15th July.

The proposals include affordable homes, retirement homes, a cricket pitch, burial ground and new community facilities.

The Diocese of Oxford currently owns more than half the site. Developer Lightwood Strategic has entered into an agreement with the Diocese to promote the land for development.

The exhibition will take place at Haddenham Methodist Church, 25 High Street, Haddenham, HP17 8ES, between 4pm and 7.30pm — everyone is welcome.

Plans for the new homes will be displayed at the exhibition. Representatives from Lightwood Strategic, Pegasus Planning and Transport Planning Associates will be on hand to explain the proposals, answer questions and seek feedback.

The Diocese of Oxford and Lightwood Strategic have already held a number of discussions with Haddenham Parish Council about the proposals. The initial response from the Parish Council has already helped shape the proposals, including the inclusion of a significant number of retirement homes.

The plans also include much-needed affordable homes. In its latest Home Truths 2013-14 survey, the National Housing Federation (which represents housing associations) reported that the average house price in Aylesbury Vale district in 2012 was £265,068 — 11.7 times the average local income. According to the survey, in 2012 there were 3,889 people on the housing waiting list in Aylesbury Vale district.

"The demand for housing in this area is extremely high, including among lower income families," said Pegasus Planning director Daniel Weaver.

"While there are many needs within a community, including for open green space, this needs to be balanced with the need for people to have a home.

"We have already worked closely with the Diocese of Oxford — which owns much of the site — and the Parish Council, and believe the draft proposal we are presenting strikes a good balance. As well as new homes — including much-needed affordable homes — we have included retirement homes, a community centre, cricket pitch, burial ground and four new play areas.

"We understand there will be concerns, but the exhibition is a good chance for local residents to find out about the plans and share any concerns, insights and suggestions they have. Where we can, we will use the feedback we get to help shape the proposal before we submit the application."