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St Mary's Centre
By Haddenham Webteam - 24th June 2017 9:30am
As most local residents know, Dandara has planning permission to build 280 new homes on the Aston Road / Glebe site on the south-east boundary of the village bordered by Willis Road and Stanbridge Road. On Monday 19th June the developer presented the Phase 1 and 2 proposals (for the first 143 dwellings) to the Planning Committee of Haddenham Parish Council. Some members of the public were also present to observe the meeting and to offer their own observations and raise questions.
The parish council has had several meetings with Dandara previously and these have concentrated on the design and delivery of the open spaces, sports & leisure facilities, and proposed burial ground which are all due to be transferred to the parish council at a later stage. The meetings have all been useful and constructive.
Key issues raised by HPC in discussion with Dandara on 19th June included:
- 1. Concerns over traffic management and a meaningful bus service
- 2. Concerns over a safe walking route for children and parents to St Mary's CE School, which can only be reached via the churchyard — this to be provided at the start of the development not left until the end.
- 3. A recommendation that the public footpath on the northern boundary (behind Willis Road) should be retained, and its access route to Churchway improved from the start of the development, not left until the end.
- 4. A recommendation that the development includes much more 'wychert-style' walling, as provided in Sheerstock.
- 5. A recommendation that the use of weatherboarding of homes is used only sparingly, and as a means of adding diversity to the predominant local materials of red brick and pale render.
- 6. A desire to see a low key lighting scheme
- 7. Recommendations about tree planting and wildlife conservation
- 8. That a condition of planning permission must include the provision of at least 35 homes for those over 55 years of age
- 9. That a condition of planning permission requires the strict adherence of a traffic management plan that defines acceptable routing and timing of construction traffic movements.
A more detailed report, summarising the parish council's set of recommendations to Bucks County Council, AVDC and Dandara, is available by clicking on the PDF below the image.
For the record, the image on this page show how the Aston Road / Glebe site looks at present — mid-June 2017.
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